Some low risk businesses reopen today on Long Island
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says some businesses on Long Island are allowed to reopen today – even though the region has not met all of the criteria of a full reopening.
Eisenhower Park outdoor tennis courts will reopen today, but only singles games are allowed. In addition, courts will be monitored by towns across the area to make sure everyone is following social distancing guidelines. However, state tennis courts will not be open this weekend.
Sportime fitness centers have over 30 outdoor tennis courts at their locations across Long Island. In a letter posted to their website, they said, "There is much confusion about this order, but the guidance from New York State, as we understand it, includes the following: no indoor tennis; only singles play is allowed; club buildings, including bathrooms, must remain closed; no congregating shall be permitted; social/physical distancing shall be observed; all court bookings and financial transactions shall be online or by phone."
They added that specific rules could vary by location, if local municipalities are interpreting the guidelines differently.
Also, landscaping and gardening companies are also able to begin operating once again.
Landscapers tell News 12 that up until today, they were only able to do minimal work like mow lawns, but not plant beds or lay mulch.
Several business owners tell News 12 they were overwhelmed with calls and their appointment books were filled as Long Islanders are eager for some normalcy.
Among requirements for reopening, businesses may have to adjust hours and shifts, and employees will have to maintain social distancing. Masks are also required if workers are in frequent contact with others and strict cleaning and sanitizing standards will also be in place - as will health screening for employees.
As this is only a small piece of phase one, Long Island is being treated as a region and currently, it has only met 5 of the 7 requirements to take that step safely.
Later today, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran is expected to provide further updates on that process.