As Sag Harbor Village begins to reopen for business with the coronavirus receding in New York, Mayor Kathleen Mulcahy said this week, it was important to be vigilant about measures like maintaining social distancing and wearing masks.
“We have gotten a couple of complaints about people not wearing masks and why can’t we ticket them, she told the Village Board on June 24. “When the governor made masks mandatory, he did not make an enforcement part of that, so our police force and our code enforcement have no way to ticket someone who is just refusing to wear a mask.”
As part of phase three, businesses such as nail salons are allowed to reopen, while restaurants are allowed to seat people at up to half their occupancy, while in bars, seats must be 6 feet apart unless a couple wants to sit together,” she said.
The village will do its part to raise public awareness, the mayor said. As part of its “Mask Project,” the village will hang more banners with photographs of local residents wearing masks along Bay Street and Division Street. In time for the July 4 weekend, a giant banner will be flown from the Municipal Building.
The village has also handed out stickers to local businesses to display in their windows, which read, “Wear a Mask because we wear one for you.”
The village also agreed to spend approximately $2,000 a month for the months of July and August to keep the restrooms in the Municipal Building open on weekends from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. An attendant will be stationed in the building’s vestibule and clean the restrooms after each use.
“I think this is worthwhile to do, particularly since we are asking people to stay outside,” the mayor said.
The village will seek to be reimbursed for the cost through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The board also approved the request of the John Jermain Memorial Library to temporarily allow 15-minute parking at two spaces on Jefferson Street so patrons can take advantage of its curbside service.
“Shutting down in July will be a lot harder than shutting down in March,” the mayor said of efforts to avoid a possible resurgence of the virus.