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DO 04 - Leg. Muratore - PR

Posted on: March 19, 2020

An Urgent Message from Legislator Tom Muratore Regarding Protocols for COVID-19 Business Practices

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What crazy times we are experiencing! The entire globe is navigating in unchartered waters with this COVID-19 virus pandemic. A few short months ago, many have never even heard of a coronavirus. Now, life as we know it has come to a near screeching halt to stop the spread of this infectious and sometimes deadly disease. My staff and I have been diligently working to keep the public informed about statistics, health care information, as well as executive orders from state and federal lawmakers. Rules change daily, and sometimes hourly, but we will try to keep you up to date with the latest news as we receive it.

With that said, there is another urgent issue that has come to my attention regarding restaurants, gyms, and other establishments that have been ordered to close for in-store services. If you see a small business in non-compliance, please do not put yourself in harm’s way by confronting the business owner. It is important to note in these very stressful times that a hostile or possibly violent reaction could ensue from such a confrontation. I urge the community to allow the Suffolk County Police Department to handle such matters. For businesses operating outside of the current protocols, residents in the Sixth Precinct can call the COPE unit at 631-854-8689, or email Additionally, all County residents can call 631-852-COPS.

I understand these are trying times for us all. Small business owners are understandably worried about financial devastation. However, I am confident we will get through this as a community. I must stress that good health and safety are my top priority right now. Please don’t be a vigilante. The “see something, say something” rule should be in effect. And for any county related matters, residents of the Fourth Legislative District may call my office at 631-854-9292 or email

Thank you. Together, we will be victorious in the fight against coronavirus!


Suffolk County Legislator

Fourth District

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