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In Sag Harbor Village, Don't Overstay Your Welcome

Fri, 05/22/2020 - 15:59
Stickers placed on benches in downtown Sag Harbor indicate how far apart people are supposed to sit.
Doug Kuntz

In an effort to keep Sag Harbor Village's commercial district from becoming overcrowded during the Memorial Day weekend, Mayor Kathleen Mulcahy issued an executive order on Friday limiting parking on Main Street to 30 minutes. 

The limit is necessary to protect public health, Ms. Mulcahy said in the order, because an influx of visitors, seasonal renters, and second-home owners "is expected to cause congestion, and hamper the effective use of social distancing measures."  

The restriction applies to both sides of Main Street from the north side of Spring Street to the south side of Bay Street between 6 a.m. and 4 a.m. 

The village will also be monitoring Havens Beach for overcrowding this weekend and for the rest of the summer. If necessary, sections of the parking lot will be blocked off to limit capacity, according the village board's Aidan Corish.

At the entrance to the beach, there will be a sign posted that says, in both English and Spanish, that social distancing must be observed, and masks worn in common areas. People who are not following the rules will be asked to do so by a lifeguard on duty, and if they refuse, lifeguards have been instructed to call the police. The bathroom will remain open for use by one person at a time, and picnic tables will be restricted to families only.

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