Expanded activity in Long Island wedding venues and restaurants begins this week as restrictions put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic are eased.
Starting Monday, weddings of up to 150 people are allowed with restrictions, including 50% capacity. Wedding attendees must also wear masks when they are not seated.
On Friday, the maximum indoor dining capacity will be increased to 75% in all parts of the state except New York City, where it will be increased to 50%.
The latest state update on the coronavirus pandemic found the number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 was 4,486, down from 4,500 on the first day since December 5 and a 52% decrease from the peak in mid-January, Governor said Andrew M. Cuomo in a press release Sunday.
Long Island restaurants and wedding venues can expand their capacities starting this week. Credit: Getty Images / Patricia Marroquin
“We’re opening new vaccination centers and getting guns across the state, but we’re going to need more supplies to reach more of the population,” said Cuomo. “In the meantime, New Yorkers should wear masks, wash their hands, and stay socially aloof. New York has come a long way between infection rate and vaccination rate, and while we are making progress every day, we need New Yorkers to stay safe stay until we defeat the COVID beast. “
According to Cuomo, 130,350 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered nationwide in the past 24 hours, and more than 1 million doses have been administered in the past seven days.
A total of 6.5 million doses have been administered in the state, and 22.1% of New Yorkers have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 11.3% were fully vaccinated.
On Long Island, 504,146 people have received at least one dose and 279,976 are fully vaccinated.
The economy continues to reopen gradually as New York City marks a dire milestone on Sunday – the year-long anniversary of the first death of COVID-19 in the five boroughs.
Mayor Bill de Blasio, who spoke on CBS ‘Face the Nation on Sunday, said he was confident the vaccination efforts would put the city “one step ahead” of the virus variants, but said the state was not allocating enough doses to the city. He noted that New York City has vaccinated 2.8 million people so far, but that it could vaccinate 500,000 more a day.
Restaurants in most parts of New York State, including the Demarchelier Cafe and Bar in Greenport, may see capacity increase to 75% from Monday. Photo credit: Raychel Brightman
“We’re vaccinating people not just for the city, but also from the suburbs and surrounding states,” de Blasio told CBS’s Margaret Brennan. “We need our fair share. But we don’t have enough control over our own destiny in this city and in cities across the country.”
The state recorded 5,943 new positive cases of COVID-19 on Saturday out of 206,680 test results for a daily positivity rate of 2.88%. This is evident from statistics released on Sunday. Nassau County accounted for 513 of these new cases and Suffolk County for 512.
There were another 62 COVID-19 deaths on Saturday, including five in Nassau and three in Suffolk.
Lisa joined Newsday in 2019 as an employee. She previously worked at New York, the New York Daily News and the Asbury Park Press in politics, government and general affairs.