The New York PAUSE order is set to expire statewide on May 15th. However, reopening the parts of our economy that were shut in Match due to the virus will be done on a regional basis and in phases in order to prevent a potential resurgence of COVID-19 infections. Suffolk will be grouped with Nassau in the Long Island Region for the purpose of meeting the metrics.
In order for a region to be eligible to commence its phased reopening, it must first meet the following criteria:
Once a region meets these requirements, it will then permitted to commence its reopening consisting of:
Therefore, it is essential that we remain vigilant about following guidelines that slow the spread of COVID-19 and its suffering.
The necessary and life-saving decision to shut down much of the nation and our state’s economic activity has severely impacted the business community, particularly small business owners and our downtowns. In response, Suffolk County has launched the Suffolk County Forward initiative to help support our small businesses.
The effort consists of:
The program is available to those small businesses in sectors that were hardest-hit based on the Business Response Unit (BRU) survey results. These sectors include restaurant, retail and construction.
Any business interested in the the gift card program can -and should - sign up for the gift card program online at https://local.egifter.com/county/new-york/suffolk-county. Residents can also go and buy a gift card to support small businesses too!
As our region prepares to reopen its economy, Suffolk County has complied a document of local and national resources to assist various industry sectors and businesses in safely operating and reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic. The information is subject to change and based on best practices by industry professionals to protect public health.
The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence is offering FREE compassion fatigue trainings for first responders. Trainings sessions are scheduled for:
To join one of these trainings, please visit www.licadd.org/ceu-trainings.
Long Island Cares has established a food distribution center in our community to assist area residents in need of food. The Stony Brook Distribution Center runs on Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship At Stony Brook, 380 Nicolls Road in Setauket.
The Social Brain and the Port Jefferson Station/Terryville Chamber of Commerce are teaming up for a Creativity Bags Supply Drive on Saturday at the Chamber’s Rose Avenue Train Car. Items being collected are:
All supplies donated will be used to make bags for brain injury survivors. For more information call: 631-794-4311.
Reopening our economy will require the efforts of hundreds of contact tracers in our region. As a result, New York State will hire and train a team of staff working remotely to support the NYS Department of Health and Local Health Departments to perform COVID-19 contact tracing in communities across NYS. If you are interested in serving your community in this capacity, please visit https://careers-pcgus.icims.com/jobs/5244/contact-tracer/job to learn more about this opportunity.
Now that we are entering into the warmer months - and especially with the dramatic increase in the number of people taking daily walks as a result of COVID-19 - it is important to remind both pedestrians and drivers of the need to share the road. The following selection of recommendations and laws have been are being highlighted to help keep our roads safe:
For additional information, please visit: https://www.ny.gov/pedestrian-safety/additional-information.
Residents who have questions related to COVID-19 should continue to visit the County website: www.SuffolkCountyNY.gov or call Suffolk 3-1-1 (631-853-6311 if outside the County) where you will be directly connected to a live operator who can direct your call to the appropriate place.