July 3, 2020 - Community Update Letter
Independence Day is about celebrating life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. While COVID-19 may be changing how we celebrate this weekend, we can still commemorate this important day in our nation's history safely.
Under guidance from New York State, Nassau County is making important progress implementing critical safety protocols that have allowed us to re-open local businesses and parks while keeping our community safe. As COVID-19 hospitalizations in Nassau County decline, let's continue to practice social distancing and use caution this holiday weekend so that our communities can safely continue on the path to a full reopening.
If you and your family are planning on visiting one of Long Island’s many beaches and parks this weekend, please take note of local guidelines for reduced capacity and social distancing. The status of all Nassau County Parks can be accessed at https://www.nassaucountyny.gov/1767/Parks-Recreation-Museums. Realtime parking updates for state beaches are available at https://parks.ny.gov/.
As we navigate this recovery period and the phased reopening of New York State, know that my staff and I are here to help. If you need assistance, please reach out by calling 516-739-1700 or emailing email@example.com. Below, you can find a list of resources linking to State Guidelines and other important information to help you celebrate safely.
I wish you and your family a happy, safe 4th of July!
Senator Kevin Thomas
Resources and Guidance
Important Reminder: Please remember that Fireworks are ILLEGAL in the State of New York and for our Veterans, individuals dealing with sensory challenges, and pets, Fireworks can be traumatizing and painful. Nassau County residents can report the sale of illegal fireworks to the Office of Consumer Affairs by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to see fireworks this weekend, please consider viewing a professionally licensed firework presentation.
Statewide Efforts to Reopen Communities and Combat COVID-19
Guidance and Information on Reopening
Go to forward.ny.gov to find out which phase of reopening your region is in; the industry guidance for each phase; regional dashboards for monitoring how the virus is being contained; and information on loans for small businesses.
Expanded COVID-19 Testing
An important step to reopening our community is increasing access to testing, especially in our most affected communities. New York State continues to increase testing capacity for COVID-19 on a daily basis. To help residents locate the closest test site, New York State has created a COVID-19 Test Site Finder, which can be accessed at https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/find-test-site-near-you.
Governor Cuomo has partnered with New Jersey Governor Murphy and Connecticut Governor Lamont to announce a joint incoming travel advisory that all individuals traveling from states with significant community spread of COVID-19 must quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state. Interim guidance for quarantine restrictions on travelers arriving in New York can be found here.
New Funding and Grant Opportunities Available to NY Child Care Providers
Governor Cuomo also announced that $65 million in federal CARES Act funding is available for child care providers statewide through the New York Forward Child Care Expansion Incentive program. Learn more about eligibility here.
TD Ready Challenge
The TD Ready Challenge, which provides financial support to organizations tackling community issues, is now open and accepting applications until August 13, 2020. The TD Ready Challenge has a total of $10 million (CAD) in grants available to eligible organizations developing innovative and measurable solutions in response to the widespread impacts of the pandemic. For complete details about this year’s Challenge, please visit td.com/readychallenge.
Statewide Guidance For Popular Summer Activities
Thank you for reading this month's community update. Have a safe and happy July 4th weekend!