What Long Island restaurants, salons are doing for Phase 3 of reopening

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Billy Romm, left, owner of Billy’s Beach Cafe, surveys the scene at his restaurant which served customers, Wednesday, June 10, 2020, in Long Beach, New York as Long Island progressed to phase two of the state’s reopening plan during the current coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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AMITYVILLE, NY — Long Islanders have been waiting months for this day and it’s finally here.

As temperatures continue to rise, restaurants can finally welcome diners inside for a cooler dining experience. At Park Avenue Grill in Amityville, NY, the owners said they’re doing everything they can to ensure the safety of their employees and patrons.

Owners Erin and Alex Gonzalez said they’re all set and ready to go for Phase Three of reopening.

“What we think is gonna work is, if we seat two people on one side, then skip a seat and then seat people, everyone facing the same direction, so you have that 6 feet,” Alex Gonzalez said.

Larger parties will have to skip a booth entirely and paying the bill won’t require any contact at all. Customers can use a QR code for electronic payment.

In addition to indoor dining, Phase Three includes the opening of nail salons, massage parlors, spa services and tanning salons. So, if you’re looking to get a mani pedi, you’ll need to set up an appointment and pack your patience. Tom Urraro, owner of Self Image Salon and Nail Image Salon in Amityville, said the phones have been ringing off the hook since reopening his hair salon during Phase Two.

He is now booking nail appointments left and right for Phase Three.

“They cannot bring any food or beverages,” he said. “They can’t bring any garments that have to be hung up. They can’t bring any paper goods. They have to call before they arrive, when they arrive, so that we can let them know if they can come in.”

Phase Three reopening safety guidelines for personal care salons and restaurants include:

  • Practice physical distancing: Customers should be spaced at least 6 feet apart and limit indoor capacity to no more than 50 percent)
  • Wear personal protective equipment: Business should provide their employees with PPE and require customers to wear face coverings upon entering the establishment.
  • Practice proper hygiene, that means handing washing and sanitizing on a consistent basis.
  • Communicate safety measures with signage
  • Implement screening practices, such as temperature checks and questionnaires.

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