New capacity limits and curfew guidelines among some of the changes this holiday weekend

At Jones Beach, capacity has increased, and people no longer have to be 10 feet apart while sitting on the beach.

News 12 Staff

May 28, 2021, 7:33 PM

Updated 1,062 days ago

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There are a number of changes to COVID-19 restrictions happening this Memorial Day weekend.
At Jones Beach, capacity has increased, and people no longer have to be 10 feet apart while sitting on the beach.
"Here we are going to authorize the capacity to increase and the parking field capacity to increase but again not 100% and it will vary beach by beach," says George Gorman, regional director of NYS parks.
Starting Monday, the midnight curfew for indoor dining will be lifted for all restaurants.
That's welcome news for the owners of the Hauppauge Palace Diner.
"Before we use to be open later on the weekdays and weekends, so this will probably open up the door to start opening later as summer comes people go out more and there's a lot more business later so it's a light at the end of the tunnel for us," says James Gonias, of the Hauppauge Palace Diner.
As for county and town pools, many are not opening until the end of June. Officials say they are still waiting guidelines from the state.
"We are still awaiting pool guidance," says Nassau County Executive Laura Curran. "We have not gotten guidance for pools. We are still working off the guidance from last year but we know the reality on the ground has changed."


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