NEW YORK (77 WABC) — Restart 2.0 comes to Long Island today.
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone is excited that the region was able to overcome the worst of the coronavirus so quickly.
“We were one of the hardest hit places in the country. The people of Suffolk County, they really did an amazing job responding to the guidance and flattened this curve,” Bellone told WABCRadio.com.
The recent addition by Governor Cuomo to the second phase was outdoor dining at restaurants, a move that Suffolk County was already working toward with establishments.
“To be able to be outside, have a meal. Have a drink with friends, family and to do that in a safe way, I think is a great thing,” Bellone said.
Also a great thing for residents across the island, finally getting that haircut, as another symbolic return to normal.
“I’ve never seen so many people excited about going to the barbershop. It is absolutely incredible,” Bellone said. “I’m going to be getting a haircut myself.”
Workers, though, are required to wear a face covering and, either, a face shield or goggles. The county executive believes businesses will follow the state guidelines and protocols for reopening.
“Businesses are very good at adapting and adjusting,” Bellone said. “…Businesses are going to want to protect their employees and they’re going to want to protect customers as well and make them feel comfortable.”
It’s mandatory for customers to keep their mask or face covering on. That means men, for example, can’t get a beard or mustache trim.
While Cuomo gave a graduation present to seniors across the state, allowing up to 150 people to gather with social distancing for the pomp and circumstance, Bellone wants more.
“We’d like to have more flexibility,” Bellone said. “That number  may work well for many communities, but we have such huge class sizes that it is a challenge here.”