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On Call: Is the Pandemic Over?

It's hard not to wonder if the Covid-19 pandemic is finally over, especially as spring brings fairer weather and nature is exploding into life everywhere you look. With new mask-wearing guidelines released last week and businesses reopening in many states, we've come a long way.

May 6, 2021
Need a Second Pfizer Shot? East Hampton Town May Have Extras

People who have had their first doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine and are in need of their second can add their names to a waiting list to get their shots at an East Hampton Town vaccination clinic on Saturday.

May 6, 2021
For Caterers, Reopening Means It's Party Time

The news on Monday of a "major reopening" of New York State came not a moment too soon for the South Fork's caterers and restaurateurs, for whom the pandemic represented an unprecedented disruption of business but who now must move swiftly to book and prepare for summer events while keeping an eye on state guidance that remains fluid.

May 6, 2021
East Hampton Plans Outdoor Graduation

The announcement on Tuesday of East Hampton High School's valedictorian and salutatorian also signaled that the school district is in the thick of plans for end-of-year commencement ceremonies.

May 6, 2021
In East Hampton, a Cautious Approach to 2021 Beach Season

An East Hampton Town advisory committee convened last year to address beach matters has recommended a cautious approach to the looming summer season and the continuation of protocols established last year, affecting entrance, egress, and activity on beaches, as well as parking and comfort stations.

May 6, 2021
In New York, 'Major Reopening' Coming May 19

Citing continuing downward trends in New York State’s Covid-19 infection and hospitalization rates and seven million of its residents being fully vaccinated, an upbeat Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced on Monday “a major reopening of the state” on May 19. 

May 3, 2021
'Somebody Kiss Me, Quick': Vaccinated and Ready to Live It Up

After having spent more than a year following Covid-19 precautions, East End residents who are fully vaccinated are easing back into normal life with shopping trips, dinner parties, and family get-togethers. "The first thing I did was host three dinner parties in one week," one resident said. For another, a trip to supermarket "was like going to Saks Fifth Avenue."

Apr 29, 2021
Restrictions to Be Eased for Restaurants, Catered Events

Pandemic-related restrictions on restaurants, gyms, offices, casinos, and catered events, will be relaxed the coming weeks in New York, a direct result of improving Covid rates in the state, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Wednesday.

Apr 28, 2021
Fully Vaccinated? You Can Ditch the Mask Outside

Following C.D.C. guidance, New Yorkers who are fully vaccinated will no longer be required to wear masks outdoors, "except in certain crowded settings and venues," and to make it easier to get the vaccine, the state is opening all of its mass vaccination sites to walk-ins. 

Apr 28, 2021
On Call: The Risks vs. the Benefits

Last week, the news broke that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Federal Drug Administration here in the United States had called for a pause in administration of the single-dose Johnson and Johnson Covid-19 vaccine following reports of blood clots after administration of this vaccine.

Apr 22, 2021
Some Good News as Covid-19 Rates Dip Statewide

Covid-19 infection rates and hospitalizations statewide have returned to pre-holiday season levels, which means further steps toward reopening can take place.

Apr 19, 2021
Volunteers Needed for Saturday Vaccination Clinic in East Hampton

East Hampton Town is seeking additional volunteers to help staff a first-dose vaccination clinic on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. at its Center for Humanities on Stephen Hand's Path. Those interested have been asked to call Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc's office on Friday.

Apr 16, 2021