State relaxing capacity limits for restaurants, gyms and lounges



State easing restrictions on New York restaurants, more businesses

Cuomo said indoor dining in the five boroughs will drop from 50% to 75% capacity starting May 7. He also announced that barber shops, barber shops and other personal care establishments across the state could be three-quarters full by May 7, while the city’s gyms and fitness centers will go to 50% of their capacity on May 15.

“After a long and incredibly difficult fight, New York State is winning the war against COVID-19, and that means it’s time to relax some restrictions,” Cuomo said in a statement.

He added that the state was relaxing the restrictions “to put more money in the pockets of small business owners and workers in New York City, which has been hit so hard by the pandemic but, I don’t. no doubt, will come back stronger than ever. “

Cuomo also announced that he would rescind an executive order establishing the micro-cluster zones, which placed increased restrictions on areas that had experienced high positivity rates.

Meanwhile, one in three New Yorkers are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, Cuomo said, but also noted that “the rate of people getting vaccinated is slowing.” Learn more about Cuomo’s announcements and Mayor Bill de Blasio’s latest remarks on reopening the city without any restrictions.

The number of new positives reported today: 229 in Nassau, 289 in Suffolk, 1,636 in New York and statewide.

The graph below shows how long it would take for 70% and then 90% of Long Island’s population to be fully vaccinated if the current rate continued.

Find a map of new cases and view graphs showing the latest local trends in vaccinations, testing, hospitalizations, deaths and more.

Beat the crowds at these East End spots

Thanks to vaccines, relaxed travel restrictions and pent-up demand, this summer could be even bigger in the East than last year. Indeed, everything will be bigger, everything except the stubbornly two-lane roads that you will have to travel to get there.

So what should an old Long Islander do? Our food critic Scott Vogel has two words: go now.

For the beauty and relative sanity of pre-Memorial Day is, for the slow moving traffic but at least it moving, and for your best chance at enjoying these six hot spots, along with some great menu options.

Vaccinated people regain lives before pandemic

In recent weeks, Wendy DeAngelis has done what she deemed unthinkable last year.

Since receiving Pfizer’s second dose of COVID-19 vaccine in mid-March and waiting two weeks for full immunity to take effect, the Port Washington resident has sat on a bench at Manorhaven Beach, walked its sandy shore, browsed a local shop. artifacts and hosted a friend for lunch inside his house. And, to her delight, she “felt totally relaxed” on her first visit to the hair salon since last May.

“It was huge,” said DeAngelis, 60.

But what she described as “amazing and just plain wonderful” was the embrace she shared with her sister.

Learn about the different ways that other vaccinated Long Islanders are gradually and happily getting back to their pre-pandemic lives.

Call a taxi or an Uber? You will have less choice than before

Joe Sitaram put the brakes on driving Uber.

The West Islip resident used to drive 20 to 25 hours a week for the rideshare company to supplement his income as a full-time security guard at a hospital, he said.

But the COVID-19 pandemic put an end to that, with demand for rides drying up for months from March of last year. By the time Sitaram hit the road in his Honda Pilot in August, he found himself competing for too few passengers with too many drivers, some of whom had been made redundant from their other jobs, he said.

So he ditched Uber again, finding the gig not worth it, said Sitaram, 36. And he is not alone.

“When you’re driving, you want to hit a certain average per hour after it’s all said and done. You also want to put some money aside for taxes,” he said.

Newsday’s Tory N. Parrish explains what that means for the next time you need to call.

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It was anxiety – and not a problem with the injections – which has caused reactions in dozens of people at coronavirus vaccination clinics in five states, U.S. health officials have concluded.

State English language exams Administered this spring consisted mostly of practice exam questions, leading some parents and administrators to dismiss them as a way to assess a child’s progress. The state’s education department, which unsuccessfully requested a federal waiver to suspend testing, said the pandemic had disrupted the process.

Nassau County completed 2020 with a budget surplus of $ 43.3 million after receiving “extraordinary lifelines” that helped fill budget holes during the pandemic, the county’s financial control board reported Thursday, but Nassau still faces a long-term budgetary danger.

Salaries and benefits increased quickly for American workers in the first three months of the year, a sign that companies are starting to offer higher wages to fill newly opened jobs.

News for you

LI stages are making a comeback. Audiences, cast members and directors of regional and community theaters enthusiastically applaud the gradual return of live performances. From reading a new musical by a local composer to an endearing Broadway comedy and lesser-known Stephen Schwartz musical, see what’s happening on a stage near you.

Masked celebrities, they are like us. Wearing a mask can make it harder to recognize someone, even if it’s comedian Adam Sandler. In a viral TikTok, a hostess at a local IHOP restaurant shares the moment, via security camera footage, that she mistakenly told Masked Sandler that he would have to wait 30 minutes to get down to the table.

The air show gets another act. After about a decade of absence, this aerobatic artist hopes to inspire and amaze when he returns to the air show at Jones Beach State Park on Memorial Day weekend.

Your spring cleaning list. When it’s time to clean up in the spring, we may think that we need to tackle each item on the to-do list immediately, but in fact there are some tasks that are better suited for fall. To help you prioritize, we’ve compiled this list.

Plus, what are you watching this weekend? Although we venture more outside, who doesn’t appreciate the time spent at home, with new shows to watch. Netflix has a new (but familiar) horror movie starring Amanda Seyfried. And Michael B. Jordan turns a supporting role into a lead role in “Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse” on Amazon Prime. Or for drive-in movie lovers, check out our updated list of movies playing near you.

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Honor our heroes of the pandemic. Newsday’s editorial board writes: We still count on how essential New York workers sacrificed themselves and suffered during the pandemic: the long hours, the threat of illness, the uncertainty at work even when others could stay at home.

We know part of the toll, the thousands of New York hospital workers, grocers, first responders and in-person workers who were infected during the pandemic. COVID-19 has claimed the lives of 161 workers at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The number of nurses from the New York State Nurses Association who have died from COVID-19 is at least 38. They are among the thousands of frontline workers across the country who have lost his life because of this plague.

A memorial and monument to essential workers honors them and what they have given to society, taking risks and making sacrifices to protect us all. The physical monument proposed in April by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is a good first step. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s idea of ​​a ticker parade honoring healthcare workers and first responders along the Canyon of Heroes – when it’s safe to gather – is also appropriate. .

But essential workers, like veterans, should receive more than token thanks for their service. Keep reading



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