Labor Day bashes to be scaled back to meet pandemic standards

Health experts have expressed worries that Labor Day weekend could bring a surge of COVID-19 cases if people aren't safe -- so many are preparing to still enjoy themselves, but in moderation.
Outside Costco in Commack, shoppers were still out and about, but most who spoke to News 12 said they were only hosting gatherings with small groups of family and friends.
Dr. Salvatore Pardo, chair of emergency medicine at LIJ-Valley Stream Hospital, says there are several ways to have a small, safe gathering, including keeping chairs 6 feet apart, hosting guests outside and keeping the guest list under 15.
"This isn't over, I think at this time of year we reminisce and long for the way it used to be - it's a time for caution. I will say this is not permanent however, and in short, if you do the right thing we will be able to go back to normal sooner than later," says Pardo.
Following Fourth of July celebrations on Long Island earlier this year, there was an increase in COVID-19 cases. And many were reported to not have been social distancing.
Pardo said people should still enjoy their time off - but to be sure to keep safety in mind.