Farmingdale outdoor dining spaces shut down following apparent misunderstanding

Several outdoor dining areas were shut down by the Village of Farmingdale Friday.
According to Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand, several restaurants set up their own outdoor seating, thinking they had the go-ahead from the county.
But in order for these outdoor dining areas, the village needed an approved permit from the county, and the chairs and tables put out must be owned by the village.
Ekstrand says Nassau County Executive Laura Curran made that clear in her news conference.
"I apologize for it. I apologize for everybody, I'm not the only one who missed it" says Ekstrand. "I didn't realize that and I would have said the village can't afford to buy afford to buy tables and chairs for every restaurant, nor would it be proper for the village to use tax payer's money to do so."
According to the state, restaurants reopening is part of phase three, which Long Island is still at least a few weeks away from.
The fire marshal says all businesses complied and no appearance tickets were issued.