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On the verge: Freeport takes measures to avoid yellow zone designation

Freeport is on the verge of joining Massapequa Park, Great Neck, Hamptons Bays and Riverhead as a designated yellow COVID-19 zone.

News 12 Staff

Nov 24, 2020, 10:23 PM

Updated 1,303 days ago


Freeport Mayor Robert Kennedy says that the village will do everything possible to bring down their rising numbers of COVID-19 cases.
Freeport is on the verge of joining Massapequa Park, Great Neck, Hamptons Bays and Riverhead as a designated yellow zone.  
In yellow zones, houses of worship are limited to 50% capacity and mass gatherings are capped at 25 people. Dining will still be allowed to be indoor and outdoor, but there will be a four-person limit per table.
Freeport isn't the only area on Long Island in danger of the designation -- Cuomo says Lawrence, Uniondale, Bethpage and East Hampton are also being watched closely.
Freeport's community affairs team handed out masks Tuesday around the village, including at the train station and churches.
"We're going to all of the senior housing now giving out masks, the village of Freeport train station during the heavy transiting times. We are going to the restaurants, delis and food distributors all throughout the village," says Kennedy.
The police department says it will have additional officers out Wednesday night to make sure bars are following state mandates. The day before Thanksgiving is traditionally one of the busiest nights of the year for bars.
Suffolk Executive Steve Bellone says the county has increased its full-time contact tracing staff.
"The Department of Health has partnered with area health care providers to open up new community based testing locations," Bellone also said.
Nassau Executive Laura Curran says she has called on the state for funding for more rapid testing after seeing long lines at urgent cares and doctor offices.

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