Sag Harbor Mayor Calls for Closure of All Restaurants, Bars by 5 p.m. Monday

Hostess Michelle Ochoa wipes down menues with disinfectant wipes after each use as a precautionary measure against the COVID-19 virus at Sen Restaurant in mid-March. Michael Heller photo

Following the announcement that Governor Andrew Cuomo — along with governors in Connecticut and New Jersey – has ordered all restaurants and bars close their doors at 8 p.m. this evening, on Monday afternoon Sag Harbor Mayor Kathleen Mulcahy called on restaurants and bars in the small village to shutter their doors at 5 p.m. and cease “any kind of sit down or table service where patrons are permitted to consume food and beverages on premises.”

The request, said Ms. Mulcahy, comes as a part of the village’s “commitment to practice social distances to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus” in Sag Harbor

“Those businesses that are able to continue to provide take-out or delivery service for the community to do so while keeping minimal staff on duty are presently encouraged to do so,” reads the letter Ms. Mulcahy shared with the Chamber of Commerce and Sag Harbor Village Police Chief Austin J. McGuire on Monday. “Take out or delivery orders should be sent in remotely, paid for by credit card over the phone, and the prepared food should be sealed in a bag and left available for patrons to retrieve at the front door or delivered out to the customer’s vehicle.

“Patrons entering the restaurant to place an order should be asked to return outside to wait for the order and should not congregate in one area to await for orders to be delivered outside,” the letter continues. “Under no circumstances, should there be lines formed inside the restaurant for any purpose.

“Coffee shops, sandwich shops, and delicatessens are asked to remove all chairs and seating areas to discourage patrons from congregating or waiting inside. This is part of the Village’s social distancing program and designed to keep our population, especially those who are at highest risk, from being exposed unnecessarily.  There should be no on-premise consumption liquor sales at all during this time period.  Take out, off premise sales will be allowed.”

Sag Harbor Village took a moment at the close of the request to remind restaurant management in Sag Harbor that if any employees are diagnosed with COVID-19, they must contact the Suffolk County Department of Health Services immediately and cease serving any prepared foods or beverages immediately. They also ask employers inform the Village of Sag Harbor as well by emailing

The emergency advisory to shutter restaurant and bar service to patrons, outside of take out or delivery, is effective until further notice, said Ms. Mulcahy.