Health experts fear residents will ignore safety guidelines as Phase 3 draws near

Long Island is preparing to enter Phase Three of reopening as the number of new coronavirus cases continues to drop.

News 12 Staff

Jun 21, 2020, 10:56 AM

Updated 1,490 days ago

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Long Island is preparing to enter Phase Three of reopening as the number of new coronavirus cases continues to drop.
Health experts are warning residents to stay diligent as more businesses begin to reopen.
Video footage from Friday night shows a large crowd gathering in Long Beach with few masks and little social distancing. The video was taken in the area of Edwards Boulevard.
 
News 12 is told it may have been a graduation party. Long Beach police were also spotted in the area.
Nassau County police tell News 12 they did assist police in an incident on the beach.
News 12 reached out to the Long Beach Police Department for more information but have not heard back.
Doctors tell News 12 that wearing masks and staying six feet apart is still important to keep infections down.
"I think sometimes, particularly the younger crowd don't understand what we just went through and how horrific it was and we just don't want to go back there," says Dr. Thomas McGinn of Northwell Health.
As part of Phase Three, restaurants can starting having people dine inside at 50% capacity. Nail salons, tattoo parlors, spas and tanning and waxing services will also be allowed to open.
Mary Delay, the owner of Healing Oasis in Long Beach, says that even though it cannot do facials right now, staff will begin to welcome clients for massages on Wednesday. She says employees are taking every precaution to protect their customers and staff.
Delay says she is doing everything she can to limit the amount of people inside the building at the same time. She says she will have their clients wait in their cars until the staff is ready for them, and the appointments will be a half an hour apart to give them the time to sanitize each treatment room.
The owner of the Lido Kosher Deli, Wally Goetz, says the deli has been open for pickup and delivery for the last few months, but can finally reopen their dining room at 50% capacity Wednesday.
Goetz says no one is allowed in the building without a mask and all of the staff will continue to wear their face coverings and gloves.
Long Islanders can also have gatherings of up to 25 people in Phase 3.
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