By Julianne Mosher
Members from the Three Village Chamber of Commerce want the community to know that they are open and ready to serve.
Last week, with Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) giving the green light for shops on Long Island to open their doors during Phase 2, the chamber wants to assure everyone that these small businesses are taking the extra precautions in the wake of the pandemic.
“They are providing gloves to customers and employees, taking temperatures, wearing masks and making sure masks are enforced,” said Jane Taylor, executive director of the chamber. “They’re being careful about social distancing and encouraging sidewalk sales or outdoor dining where available.”
Overseeing small businesses in Setauket, Stony Brook, East Setauket and Old Field, Taylor said that supporting local establishments during these trying times is beneficial to everyone.
“These businesses are our neighbors and friends,” she said. “They’re the ones who are the backbone of our communities.”
Charlie Lefkowitz, president of the chamber, said that shopping small businesses benefits the economic growth of Long Island.
“It supports our local economy and keeps our great community vibrant,” he said.
Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New York State Department of Health have a new set of guidelines that do not allow more than a designated number of customers in at a time, as well as no indoor dining as of yet, Lefkowitz is encouraging people to partake in what the Three Village area has to offer.
“If it’s done in a safe, social distanced manner by both the owner and the public, I support it strongly,” he said.
His favorite spot? The Three Village Inn’s outdoor seating section.
“It was outstanding,” he said. “We’re supporting our neighbors and the service was unparalleled.”