MetroFocus: May 21, 2020

Rob Franek, Editor-in-Chief of the Princeton Review talks about the challenges facing universities and students as they prepare for an uncertain fall semester. Colleges across the country are bracing for a drop in enrollment and subsequently tuition revenue, which Franek calls the “lifeblood” of most institutions. He also discusses what a fall semester might look like in terms of face-to-face vs. virtual learning, and predicts what the impact may be on college admissions next year.

Long Island’s beach towns rely on summer tourism for their local economies, but with cancelled events and 50% capacity caps, will the mom and pop shops that make up these destinations be able to stay afloat? For visitors who do descend on the area this Memorial Day weekend, health measures will be key in making them–as well as workers and locals–feel safe as they try to find some normalcy in this time of crisis. Don Clavin (Town of Hempstead Supervisor), Kristen Jarnagin (President & CEO of Discover Long Island) and Frank Borrelli (Owner of Borrelli’s) discuss the very different upcoming summer landscape with Correspondent Maddie Orton.

Aired on May 21, 2020. 

TRANSCRIPT

> UP NEXT, 'METROFOCUS.'

WE'RE WORKING FROM HOME BUT WE'RE DEDICATED TO BRINGING YOU THE IMPORTANT STORIES ABOUT HOW OUR AREA IS AFFECTED BY CORONAVIRUS.

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THIS IS 'METROFOCUS,' WITH RAFAEL P. ROMAN, JACK FORD, AND JENNA FLANAGAN.

'METROFOCUS' IS MADE POSSIBLE BY JAMES AND MERRYL TISCH, SUE AND EDGAR WACHENHEIM III, THE SYLVIA A. AND SIMON B. POYTA PROGRAMMING ENDOWMENT TO FIGHT ANTI-SEMITISM, BERNARD AND IRENE SCHWARTZ, ROSALIND P. WALTER, BARBARA HOPE ZUCKERBERG, AND BY --

> WELCOME TO 'METROFOCUS' I'M JACK FORD.

AS OUR VISION FOR OUR NEW NORMAL BEGINS TO EMERGE ON THE HEELS OF THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC, A FOCUS IS SHIFTING TO THE FALL AND TO THE WORLD OF HIGHER EDUCATION, QUESTIONS ABOUND, WHEN WILL COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES BE OPENING AND IN WHAT FASHION AND WHAT IMPACT WILL IT HAVE ON ADMISSIONS OF THE ACADEMIC STRUCTURE AND ON THE ECK NOIMMMICS -- ECONOMICS THE WORLD OF HIGHER EDUCATION, HERE WITH US TO TALK ABOUT THAT IS EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF THE PRINCETON REVIEW, ROB FRANKET.

HOW YOU DOING.

DELIGHTED TO BE WITH YOU THIS AFTERNOON.

LET'S FRAME THE CONVERSATION IF WE CAN, BY TALKING ABOUT THE STRESSORS THAT THE WORLD OF HIGHER EDUCATION, THAT THAT WORLD WAS UNDER, EVEN BEFORE THE PANDEMIC STRUCK.

YEAH, I SO APPRECIATE THE QUESTION.

THERE ARE TWO, ONE FROM A COLLEGE UNIVERSITY PERSPECTIVE AND ONE FROM A STUDENT-PARENT PERSPECTIVE.

FIRST FROM COLLEGES IN GENERAL.

GOING BACK TO THE LAST RECESSION 2007-08 THOSE STUDENTS ARE FAST BECOMING COLLEGE-AGE OVER THE LAST COUPLE YEARS OF TIME, HOWEVER, THERE WAS A DIP IN THE BIRTH RATES SPECIFICALLY IN THE NORTHEAST AND MID-WEST SO MANY SCHOOLS ARE IN THE NORTHEAST AND MID-WEST AND THOSE SCHOOLS ARE ALREADY ANTICIPATING THERE WILL BE A DECLINE IN THE STUDENT POPULATION THAT THEY WOULD NORMALLY RECRUIT FROM.

THERE WAS INCREASE OR FLAT IN TEXAS, CALIFORNIA, ARIZONA, THOSE STUDENTS ARE THERE IDENTIFIED AS FIRST-GENERATION COLLEGE AND LATIN-X.

SO THERE'S AN RECRUITMENT ISSUE SCHOOLS ARE DEALING WITH AND THEY'RE NERVOUS ON TAKING ON TOO MUCH DEBT TO PAY FOR COLLEGE SO THAT SPECTOR AND WEIGHT OF NAVIGATING SUCCESSFULLY THE FINANCIAL CHALLENGES OF COLLEGE AND STICKER COST TICKING UP.

WE'VE SEEN THESE QUESTIONS, YOU'VE TALKED ABOUT IT, I'VE TALKED ABOUT IT, I HAD THE GOOD FORTUNE TO GIVE COMMENCEMENT SPEECH LAST YEAR AND TWO THIS YEAR GOT CANCELLED, WE'VE SAID THERE'S NEVER BEEN A GREATER VEHICLE FOR SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC SUCCESS THAN COLLEGE EDUCATION.

IT'S ALWAYS SO FRUSTRATING WHEN YOU HEAR PEOPLE QUESTIONING THE VALUE OF IT.

I COMPLETELY AGREE AND THE NUMBERS PROVE OUT ON THAT POINT, JACK.

YOU KNOW AS WELL AS I DO, STUDENTS THAT HAVE A COLLEGE DEGREE, CERTAINLY, MINIMUM, $1 MILLION MORE THEY COULD EXPECT TO EARN, WITHOUT A COLLEGE DEGREE, MORE NIMBLE, FAR LOWER UNEMPLOYMENT THAN STUDENTS WITHOUT A COLLEGE DEGREE.

SO THE BENEFITS ABOUND, AS YOU KNOW.

SO TALK ABOUT NOW SOME OF THESE ADDITIONAL STRESSORS THAT ARE BEING PILED ON TO THE WORLD OF HIGHER EDUCATION.

LET'S TALK ABOUT THE IMMEDIATE IMPACT WHAT YOU'RE SEEING.

YOU FOLKS ARE THE EXPERTS OUT THERE, YOU LOOK AT THE BIG PICTURE AND THE SMALL PICTURE SO WHAT ARE YOU SEEING IN TERMS OF A IMMEDIATE IMPACT.

COUPLE ISSUES FOR HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS RIGHT NOW WHO WILL QUICKLY GRADUATE BY LATTER PART OF JUNE OF THIS YEAR, THOSE STUDENTS ARE BEARING THE BRUNT OF THE REPERCUSSIONS OF COVID FOR COUPLE REASONS, MOST STUDENTS WOULD HAVE EXPECTED TO RECEIVE THEIR LETTERS OF ADMISSION AS WELL AS FINANCIAL AID PACKAGE AROUND MARCH 15th, GENERALLY SPEAKING BETWEEN MARCH 15th AND MAY 1st IS WHEN STUDENTS WOULD SAY OUT OF THE NINE SCHOOLS THEY'RE ADMITTED TO THEY WILL ENROLL IN THIS ONE.

THAT JUST COINCIDED WITH THE SWEET SPOT OF COVID AND THE ENTRY.

SO THOSE STUDENTS ARE A BIT IN LIMBO.

OVER 400 COLLEGES HAD MOVED THAT MAY 1st DEADLINE TO JUNE OR BEYOND SO NOW SCHOOLS JUST DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY'RE ENROLLMENT NUMBERS ARE GOING TO BE.

FOR THAT CLASS THAT'S GOING TO COME INTO THEIR SCHOOL, MATRICULATE IN THEIR SCHOOL IN LATE AUGUST, EARLY SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR, THAT'S A TOUGH FINANCIAL MOVE AS WELL AS JUST AN ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT PERSPECTIVE.

IT'S VERY DIFFICULT FOR SCHOOLS TO MANAGE THEIR BUDGET AS WELL AS EXPECTED STUDENTS THEY DON'T KNOW WILL BE THERE.

LET'S TALK ABOUT THE EKECONOC IMPACT.

PEOPLE LISTENING WANDER WHY IT WOULD HAVE A SIGNIFICANT ECONOMIC IMPACT.

TALK ABOUT SCHOOLS WITH ENROLLMENT ENDOWMENTS AND ONES DRIVEN BY TUITION.

YEAH IT'S A IMPORTANT DISTINCTION AND OUT OF 3,000 FOUR-YEAR UNDER GRAD STUDENTS IN THE U.S. THE VAST MAJORITY ARE TUITION-DRIVEN, RELIANT ON STUDENTS COMING TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE OF THE SCHOOL, BUT ALSO THE DOLLARS THEY BRING IN FROM PARENTS AND KYLE CSCHOLARS.

FEW STUDENTS WILL PAY THE FULL STICKER COST ADVERTISED FOR THE SCHOOL BUT STILL SIGNIFICANT DOLLARS ARE COMING IN AND THAT'S THE LIFE BLOOD OF THE SCHOOLS ACADEMICALLY AND FINANCIALLY.

THAT'S THE DIFFICULT PART TO NAVIGATE WITH SCHOOLS.

SCHOOLS ARE ASKING THE QUESTION, NOT, IS COLLEGE WORTH IT, BUT, IS COLLEGE WORTH IT TO CONTINUE WITH AN ONLINE ENVIRONMENT AND MIGHT SCHOOLS BE DIFFERENT IN THAT CAPACITITY.

AND THE IDEA OF ENDOWMENTS, SOME SCHOOLS HAVE GREAT FINANCIAL WHERE WITH ALL.

BOWDEN $1.6 BILLION COLOSSAL ENDOWMENT BUT MOST SCHOOLS ARE GOING TO WEATHER THE STORM BUT THERE'S GOING TO BE SOME CASUALTIES.

WHAT ABOUT THE NOTION OF FOREIGN STUDENTS.

WE'VE SEEN SUCH A GROWTH OF THEM COMING HERE, IN PART THE IDEA OF GLOBALIZATION AND COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES NEED TO EXPAND THEIR VISIONS BRINGING FOREIGN STUDENTS HERE.

WHAT PROBLEMS ARE WE SEEING WITH FOREIGN STUDENTS COMING AND THE IMPACT THAT COULD HAVE ON THE BOTTOM LINE FOR COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES.

WITHOUT QUESTION YOU'RE RIGHT.

JUST INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS IN GENERAL COMING INTO THE CAMPUS, MATRICULATING IN THAT SAME TIME, WHAT A RICH EXPERIENCE THAT THOSE STUDENTS WILL BRING, NOT ONLY TO THEIR OWN PERSONAL EXPERIENCE BUT TO THE EXPERIENCE OF OTHER STUDENTS AROUND THEM.

SO APPLAUD THOSE SCHOOLS WITH GREAT INTERNATIONAL POPULOUS.

THAT SAID THE REPERCUSSIONS AS A RESULT OF COVID-19 WILL WELL-LIMIT THE AMOUNT OF STUDENTS THAT MIGHT COME IN NORMALLY THROUGH THE INTERNATIONAL CUE AND THERE'S A FINANCIAL REPERCUSSION AS A NOTED.

GENERALLY SPEAKING, MOST INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS MATRICULATING INTO THE U.S.

UNIVERSITY DON'T RECEIVE FINANCIAL AID.

NOW THERE'S EXCEPTIONS TO THE RULE, HOWEVER, GENERALLY SPEAKING MOST DON'T.

SO THEY BECOME THAT MUCH MORE VALUABLE TO THE SCHOOL NOT ONLY AS A STUDENT IN THEIR DIVERSITY BUT ALSO THE DOLLARS THEY WOULD BRING IN TO REALIZE THAT SCHOOLS FINANCIAL WHERE WITH ALL.

AGAIN TALKING WITH EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF PRINCETON REVIEW AND ONE OF OUR FREQUENT AND FAVORITE GUESTS HERE, HOW ABOUT THE IMPACT ON THE COMMUNITY.

THERE WAS PRESIDENT OF BROWN UNIVERSITY WHO TALKED ABOUT THE REASONS WHY WE NEED IT TO GET OUR COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES REOPEN, AND NOT INSIGNIFICANTLY IS THE ECONOMIC IMPACT THAT THEY HAVE ON THE SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES.

YOU LOOK AT A PLACE LIKE NEW YORK, CORNELL UNIVERSITY, YOU MENTIONED BOWDEN, I'VE BEEN UP THERE.

IT'S A WONDERFUL, BEAUTIFUL LITTLE TOWN AND IT'S IN THE CENTER OF IT.

HOW ABOUT THAT IMPACT OF WHAT COULD BE MISSING.

I TOTALLY HEAR YOU AND I SAW THAT OP ED AND HEARD BROWN'S PRESIDENT AN THE INTERVIEW SHE DID AFTER.

OH, MY GOSH, SO WONDERFUL.

WHAT I TOOK AWAY, YOU'RE RIGHT, COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES ARE MAJOR, MAJOR EMPLOYERS FOR COMMUNITIES.

NOW THERE ARE SCHOOLS CERTAINLY WHERE WE LIVE IN NEW YORK CITY AND NEW JERSEY THERE'S OTHER INDUSTRIES THERE BUT MANY SCHOOLS READY SOLE SUPPLIERS FOR SIGNIFICANT EMPLOYMENT ACCESS DEM IB AND OTHER -- ACADEMIC OR OTHERWISE AND ARE THE LIFE BLOOD OF THE COMMUNITIES.

THIS IS TWO AND FOUR YEAR COLLEGES.

IT'S 20 MILLION STUDENTS MATT TRICK U -- MATRICULATING AND THAT'S $650 BILLION REVENUE GENERATED THROUGH THOSE SCHOOL ACTIVITIES AND FACULTY ACTIVITIES, HUGE DRIVERS OF EDUCATION AND REVENUE.

IT'S IMPORTANT FOR PEOPLE TO REALIZE IT'S NOT JUST STUDENTS GETTING BACK TO THE CLASSROOM BUT THE CASCADING EFFECT ON SOCIETY AND THE COMMUNITY IS SIGNIFICANT THERE.

WHAT IS YOUR BEST GUESS, WE'RE SEEING ALL SORTS OF MODELS BEING FLOATS WHAT IT WILL LOOK LIKE IN THE FALL WHEN COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES DO EVENTUALLY COME BACK.

WHAT'S YOUR BEST GUESS TO THE MOST LIKELY MODELS WE MIGHT SEE?

I THINK THAT MOST SCHOOLS, BARRING THE CAL STATE SYSTEM THAT ANNOUNCED JUST LAST WEEK THAT THEY WOULD CONTINUE TO BECOME VIRTUAL AND THAT'S A GARGANTUAN SYSTEM.

BUT MOST COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES WILL ASSURE LIKE YALE DID, TO SAY WE ARE GOING TO BE OPEN FOR STUDENTS COME THIS FALL.

BUT THE TRUTH IS MOST COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES ARE SAYING IT MIGHT NOT BE THE FACE TO FACE ENVIRONMENT WE EXPERIENCED LAST SEPTEMBER OR LAST AUGUST.

IT WILL LIKELY BE EITHER A DELAYED SEMESTER, THE TRADITIONAL FACE TO FACE SEMESTER MAY START IN OCTOBER RATHER THAN EARLY SEPTEMBER.

AND MIGHT LIKELY BE A HYBRID SEMESTER, MASHING OF CROSSING FACE TO FACE LEARNING AS WELL AS ONLINE LEARNING AND LIKELY A COMBINATION OF ALL THINGS.

I WOULD APPLAUD IT.

WE ALL WANT SCHOOLS TO OPEN FACE-TO-FACE AS IN THE PAST BUT THE LIKELIHOOD FOR IT TO HAPPEN IS FAIRLY SLIM FOR MOST SCHOOLS.

LET'S LOOK AT LONG-TERM IMPACT, WHAT ARE YOU SEEING IN TERMS OF CONCERNS OR AT LEAST VISIONS OF WHAT THE LONGER TERM IMPACT WILL BE OF THIS TURMOIL?

WE'RE LOOKING AT IT FROM A COUPLE WAYS, ONE FROM AN ENROLLMENT PERSPECTIVE.

LET'S FACTOR IT OUT.

THE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE SENIORS RIGHT NOW ARE ENROLLING IN THE FALL 2020.

AN ANECDOTALLY SOME OF THE STUDENTS AND FAMILIES ARE SAYING, OKAY, WE'RE GOING TO SIT OUT THIS SEMESTER AND THIS YEAR, FOR HEALTH AND SAFETY REASONS, TAKE A GAP HERE AND DO AN AT RUISTIC -- ALTRUIS TIC EXPERIENCE OUTSIDE OF THE CLASSROOM.

THE OTHER SIDE, WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THOSE SCHOOLS, IF THEY ARE APPLYING WITH CLASS 2021 NOW THEY'RE COMPETING WITH HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS WHO WILL BE RISING SENIORS AND THAT WILL BE MUCH MORE COMPETITIVE IF YOU'RE A HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR LISTENING TO OUR CONVERSATION IT MAY BE THAT MUCH MORE COMPETITIVE FOR THE STUDENTS APPLYING FOR FALL 2021 ADMISSION.

AND THERE'S THE REQUEST OF SAT AND ACT.

TALK ABOUT THAT.

WE GOT ABOUT A MINUTE AND HALF.

LITTLE BIT MORE THAN A MINUTE.

I WILL ASK YOU REAL QUICK.

SAW THAT THE CALIFORNIA UNIVERSITY SYSTEM SAID THEY'RE GOING OVER FIVE YEARS TO START TO PHASE THEM OUT.

WHAT DO YOU THINK THE FUTURE OF THE A.C.T.AND S.A.T S. LOOK LIK

RIGHT NOW, IF SCHOOLS REMAIN VIRTUAL THIS FALL THOSE WILL BE AT-HOME EXAMS SO THEY ARE NOT GOING AWAY.

PARTICULARLY NOW FROM STUDENT PERSPECTIVE THIS IS WHEN STUDENTS CAN DISTINGUISH THEMSELVES WITH GRADES PASS FAIL AND ALL OF THE STUD DISBANDED SO NOW YOU HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO PERFORM SUPPOSE PER LATTIVELY ON THOSE -- SUPERLATIVIVELY ON THOSE EXAMS.

I CAN'T SEE ANOTHER WAY TO DISTINGUISH OURSELVES NOW, IT'S A GOOD OPPORTUNITY FOR STUDENTS.

THERE IS SUCH FACTORS TO PLAY IN TO ALLOW STUDENTS TO DIFFERENTIATE THEM SELF FROM OTHERS, BECAUSE AS YOU SAID THERE'S A LOT OF COMPETITION FOR THOSE SLOTS, MAYBE IT'S THE HEALTHY THING FOR THEM.

ROB, ALWAYS A PLEASURE TO TALK WITH YOU, WE ALWAYS LEARN MORE WHEN HAVING A CONVERSATION WITH YOU.

CLEARLY THIS WILL ALL BE EMERGING AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO CHATTING WITH YOU DOWN THE ROAD AS WE GET A BETTER SENSE OF WHAT'S HAPPENING.

THANKS AGAIN, YOU BE WELL, TAKE CARE.

YOU TOO MY FRIEND, TAKE CARE, BYE-BYE.

HI.

I'M MADDIE ORTON, MEMORIAL DAY ON LONG ISLAND USUALLY INVOLVES A AIR SHOW, CROWDED CONCESSION STANDS AND CONCERTS, BUT NOT THIS YEAR, THE UNOFFICIAL START TO SUMMER AND TOURISM THAT COMES WITH IT WILL LOOK VERY DIFFERENT IN THE AGE OF CORONAVIRUS.

MAY AND JUNE ARE NORMALLY THE BUSIEST MONTHS FOR THIS 65-YEAR-OLD RESTAURANT.

THERE ARE COMMUNIONS AND GRADUATIONS AND ANY TIME AN EVENT IS AT A NEAR-BY COLISEUM THEY HAVE BANG UP BUSINESS.

WE WILL OPEN THE KITCHEN AND HAVE EXTRA DISHWASHERS, EIGHT WAITERS, BUS BOYS, BECAUSE AN HOUR AND HALF BEFORE THE GAME WE'LL FILL UP THE RESTAURANT AND GET EXTRA 75% OF BUSINESS ON TUESDAY NIGHT.

EVERY EVENT CANCELLED IS GUARANTEE BUSINESS YOU CAN'T MAKE UP.

JUST AUTOMATIC.

HE SAYS WITH THE DINING ROOM CLOSED, PARTIES CANCELLED AND HOCKEY GAMES AND CONCERTS ON HOLD BUSINESS IS DOWN ABOUT 80%.

ON WEEKENDS I HAVE 35 PEOPLE WORKING ON A SHIFT, RIGHT NOW I ONLY HAVE ABOUT 8 TO 10 WORKING.

I KEPT 6 TO 8 FULL TIME EMPLOYEES.

I'M CONCERNED, FOR SURE.

IT'S NOT GOING TO BE WHAT WE EVER EXPECTED OR LIVED THROUGH.

PRESIDENT AND CEO OF 'DISCOVER LONG ISLAND' SAYS IT IS ALREADY CLEAR THIS SUMMER WILL BE UNLIKE ANY THE AREA HAS EXPERIENCED.

SO MANY OF OUR TOURISM BUSINESSES ON LONG ISLAND IN PARTICULAR MORE THAN 80% ARE MADE UP OF SMALL BUSINESSES.

THESE ARE DOWNTOWN RETAIL, RESTAURANTS, MOM AND POP OWNED HOTELS.

IT'S NOT LIKE OTHER DESTINATIONS WITH LARGE CHAINS EVERYWHERE SO WE ARE REALLY IMPACTED LOCALLY.

VISITORS WHO TYPICALLY COME FOR CONCERTS OR THE BEACH SCENE, THEY DON'T JUST EAT HERE, THEY STAY AT HOTELS, PAY FOR PARKING, BUY SOUVENIRS AND THE ECONOMIC IMPACT RIPPLES OUT FROM THERE.

IT PUMPS MONEY TO LOCAL BUSINESSES AND PROVIDES SUBSTANTIAL LOCAL STATE REVENUE.

VISITORS COME HERE TO EAT, SHOP, SLEEP, GET GAS, AND FROM A GOOD THING FROM OUR STANDPOINT THOSE VISITORS LEAVE, YOU DON'T HAVE TO EDUCATE THEM OR FILL POTHOLES.

IT'S NEW MONEY THAT COMES DOWN INTO THE COFFERS AND IS REALLY IMPORTANT FOR LOCAL AND STATE GOVERNMENT.

LAST YEAR THOSE REVENUE GENERATED $740 MILLION IN LOCAL AND STATE REVENUES AND WE ARE MISSING THE TAX REVENUE AND VISITORS, WE FEEL THAT IMMEDIATELY AS RESIDENTS.

THE LOSS THIS YEAR WILL BE SUBSTANTIAL.

IN ADDITION TO THE TYPICAL FLUX OF BEACH GOERS, LONG ISLAND ALSO SEES A SPIKE IN OUT OF TOWN VISITORS FOR THE BELMONT STAKES, FILM FESTIVALS AND OTHER EVENTS CANCELLED OR CURRENTLY UP IN THE AIR.

BUT THEY'RE HOPEFUL CHANGES IN TRAVEL PLANS WILL MEAN LONG ISLANDS WILL BE MORE LIKELY TO VACATION LOCALLY AND SPEBD LOCALLY.

LONG ISLAND IS IN A MORE PROMISING POSITION THAN MOST OTHER PEOPLE.

WE HAVE OVER 3 MILLION LONG ISLANDERS WHO FIERCELY LOVE WHERE WE LIVE AND LOVE TO SUPPORT OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY AND WE CAN FALL BACK ON THEM.

WE ALSO HAVE MANHATTAN AS OUR NEIGHBOR AND SUCH CLOSELY CONNECTED TIES, SO MANY OF OUR FAMILIES LIVE THERE, WE WORK BACK AND FORTH AND WE'RE CLOSE TO THE DRIVE MARKET.

THAT'S A NEW STRATEGY FOR MOST TOURISM BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE NOT GETTING ON PLANES SO YOU ARE LOOKING INTO THE DRIVE MARKET AND OUR DRIVE MARKET IS NOT JUST NEW YORK CITY BUT IT'S PHILADELPHIA AND IT'S WASHINGTON, D.C.

AND IT'S BOSTON.

SO WE HAVE SEVERAL MAJOR METROPOLITAN AREAS THAT AS WE START TO SLOWLY, MORE GRADUALLY OPEN UP AND GO BROADER AND BROADER THAT WE HAVE BUILT-IN AUDIENCES WE CAN TAP, THEY CAN GET IN THEIR CAR AND JUMP ON THE TRAIN AND ACCESS US EASILY.

WE FEEL POSITIVE ABOUT THAT.

DISCOVER LONG ISLAND IS SPREADING THOSE POSITIVE VIBES, THEY LAUNCHED A CAMPAIGN TO ENCOURAGE LOCALS TO STAY STRONG AND SPEND TIME ON LONG ISLAND WHEN THE CRISIS EASES UP.

WE'RE MARKETING ORGANIZATION AND USUALLY INSPIRING PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD TO VISIT LONG ISLAND TO KNOW WHY LONG ISLAND IS SO BEAUTIFUL BUT WE PIVOTED DURING THIS TIME AND REALIZE WE NEED TO STICK TO OUR LOCALS AND INSPIRE THEM.

INSTEAD OF SAYING WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER WITH YOU HERE, WE WANTED TO DO SOMETHING SIGNIFICANT TO LONG ISLAND SO WE CAME UP WITHHOLD FAST CAMPAIGN WHICH SPEAKS TO THE MARITIME HERITAGE, A TALE ABOUT HOLDING FAST THROUGH THE STORM AND WHEN THE SUN BREAKS ON THE HORIZON WE'LL BE THERE TO WELCOME YOU BACK.

WE'RE MANY FIERCE COMMUNITIES LONG ISLAND HOLD FAST.

WHEN SUN BREAKS ON THE HORIZON OUR LIGHT HOUSE WILL GUIDE YOU IN WHERE YOU BELONG.

IT BECAME SO POPULAR IT WAS PLAYED BY THE ISLANDERS AND NAMES BY FORBES AS ONE OF THE TOP INSPIRATIONAL VIDEOS IN THE WORLD AT THIS TIME.

WE TOOK THAT AND DECIDED TO MAKE T-SHIRTS CAN YOU GET ON OUR WEBSITE.

WITH ALL OF THE PROCEEDS GOING BACK TO HELP EMPLOYEES OF THE HOSPITALITY SECTOR, SO MANY ARE IMPACTED, WITH THINGS CLOSED AND THEM NOT ABLE TO GO TO WORK.

SO WE'RE TRYING IN MANY WAYS TO DO WHATEVER WE CAN TO GIVE BACK AND SO PEOPLE ARE.

WE ARE SUPPORTING OUR LOCAL FAVORITE RESTAURANTS AND BARS ARE TRYING TO KEEP IT OPEN DURING THIS TIME.

OF COURSE THE HOPE IS BUSINESS WILL PICK UP WHEN LOCALS AND OUT OF TOWNERS ALIKE HIT THE BEACHES.

AS MEMORIAL DAY APPROACHES, THE TOWN'S SUPERVISOR IS WORKING WITH HIS TEAM AND SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES TO ENSURE THOSE WHO DO COME TO THE TOWN'S MANY BEACHES CAN DO SO SAFELY, WHICH IS NO SMALL FEAT.

THE TOWN IS THE LARGEST IN THE CANNOT WITH 800,000 RESIDENTS AND WE COVER FROM REALLY THE BORDER WITH QUEENS, ATLANTIC BEACH, ALL THE WAY THROUGH, WE DON'T -- CITY OF LONG BEACH IS SEPARATE.

WE HAVE LIDO BEACH WEST.

WE HAVE MALIBU.

WE HAVE POINT LOOK OUT.

IT'S ALMOST THEN THE IRE SHORE -- ENTIRE SHORELINE.

THEY'RE RECEIVING GUIDANCE FROM GOVERNOR CUOMO WHO RECENTLY ANNOUNCED A BLUE PRINT TO OPEN THE BEACHES.

NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY, DELAWARE, CONNECTICUT, WILL ALL BE OPENING BEACHES FOR THE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND.

IT DOES NOT INCLUDE POOLS.

POOLS ARE CLOSED.

BUT NO MORE THAN 50% CAPACITY.

AND THAT WILL BE DONE AT PARKING AREAS, ENTRANCE AREAS, EXIT AREAS, ET CETERA.

NO GROUP CONTACT ACTIVITIES.

NO VOLLEYBALL.

NO FOOTBALL.

NOTHING LIKE THAT.

AREAS OF SOCIAL GATHERING WOULD BE CLOSED.

PICNIC AREAS.

ET CETERA.

PLAYGROUNDS.

ARCADES.

SOCIAL DISTANCING WILL BE ENFORCED FOR EMPLOYEES AND FOR VISITORS.

MASKS MUST BE WORN BY EMPLOYEES AND VISITORS MUST HAVE MASKS AND WEAR THEM WHEN THEY CAN'T SOCIALLY DISTANCE.

AT THIS POINT CONCESSIONS WILL NOT BE OPERATING.

WHAT WE'VE DONE IS FOLLOWING THE GOVERNOR'S DIRECTIVES WE'RE GOING TO LIMIT CAPACITY TO PARKING SPOTS.

SO EITHER WE'RE GOING TO ELIMINATE HALF OF THE PARKING SPOTS OR ALLOW PEOPLE TO DOUBLE UP SO WE CAN MANAGE THE CROWDS.

WE'VE COME UP WITH THE CONCEPT NOT ONLY HAVING LIFE GUARDS BUT WHAT WE ARE GOING TO CALL C CONCIERGE TO BE ON THE BEACH AND WE'RE GOING TO HAVE SIGNAGE AT EVERY ENTRANCE AND WE'LL GIVE OUT HAND OUTS AND OUR STAFFERS WEAR MASKS WITH DOWN EMBLEM AND WEAR GLOVES.

PEOPLE FOR THE MOST PART WANT TO WORK WITH US, GIVE PEOPLE SOME SORT OF OUTLET.

PEOPLE WANT TO GET OUT, AS THE WEATHER WARMS UP, MORE PEOPLE WILL FLOCK TO THE BEACHES.

THERE WILL BE HAND SANITIZER AT EVERY ENTRANCE AND FEW BATHROOMS ARE DONE TO BE MORE HANDS-FREE.

TO HELP OUT HE ASKS PEOPLE TO BE CONSIDERATE OF THEIR SURROUNDINGS.

IF EVERYBODY WASHES THEIR HANDS, 20 SECOND RULE, DOCTOR SAID THAT RULE IS SO IMPORTANT THAT PEOPLE NEED TO REMEMBER TO WASH THEIR HANDS AND BE SANITARY AND BE RESPECTFUL OF YOUR NEIGHBORS. IF YOU HAVE A PAIR OF GLOVES DON'T JUST THROW THEM IN THE STREET, DROP THEM IN THE GARBAGE CAN, WEAR MASKS IN PUBLIC, BE RESPECTFUL.

IT'S NOT JUST YOU BUT PEOPLE AROUND YOU.

PEOPLE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND, EVERY TIME YOU DON'T COMPLY WITH SOMEONE IT WILL EFFECT NOT JUST YOU BUT THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU.

HIS ATTENTION IS ON MAINTAINING THE HEALTH OF THE MOM AND POP SHOPS BECAUSE WHILE GOVERNOR'S MANDATE IS GOOD FOR PUBLIC SAFETY WILL MEAN BUSINESSES WILL REMAIN SHUT FOR NOW.

50% CAPACITY.

THERE'S QUESTIONS ABOUT CAB ANNA AND BEACH CLUB USES FOR THE LENGTH OF THE TOWN OF HELMSTEAD THERE'S THOUSANDS OF THOSE.

AND INDICATES THERE'S GOING TO BE CLOSE CONCESSIONS.

EVEN IF YOU HAVE 50% CAPACITY YOU'RE HIT RIGHT THERE BUT WITHOUT THE OTHER FACILITIES UTILIZED IT'S TREMENDOUS LOSS OF REVENUE.

SO HE'S LOOKING TO CUT RED AT THE POINT FOR BUSINESSES LOOKING TO BE CREATIVE TO STAY A FLOAT.

WHEN THE GOVERNOR ALLOWS FOR THE REOPENING OF RESTAURANTS WE'RE GOING TO ALLOW OUTDOOR SEATING.

WE'VE CREATED AN ONLINE PORTAL THAT RESTAURANT OWNERS CAN GO ONLINE AND SUBMIT THEIR PLANS AND GET APPROVAL OVER THE INTERNET TO RECEIVE PERMIT FOR TEMPORARY OUTDOOR SEATING.

BECAUSE WE ANTICIPATE THE GOVERNOR WILL LIMIT THE AMOUNT OF PEOPLE WHO COULD SIT INSIDE A RESTAURANT, AS LONG AS THEY COULD HAVE ADDITIONAL TABLES OUTSIDE OR IN THE BACK IN A SAFE LOCATION, WE'RE GOING TO DO IS THAT AND COST OF THE RESTAURANT IS NOTHING.

FRANKET .

P OWNER OF THE RESTAURANT IS ALREADY WORKING ON THE PLANS.

WE'RE WORKING ON PUTTING TABLES AND CHAIRS AND FENCING TO MAKE IT COMFORTABLE.

WE'RE GOING TO DO THE SIX FOOT APART SO WE'RE ONLY GOING TO BE ABLE TO OPEN 50% OF OUR DINING ROOM AND PROBABLY NOT HAVE PARTIES OF 40 TO 80 PEOPLE.

SO WE'RE GOING TO PROBABLY TAKE 20 TO 30 TABLES AND BRING THEM OUTSIDE.

FENCE IT IN.

DO SOME NICE LITTLE LIGHTING.

MAYBE DO SOME MUSE IB.

-- MUSIC.

WE HAVE TO TRY TO REINVENT OURSELVES.

EVERY DAY IDEAS ARE COMING IN.

EVEN WHETHER OPEN 50% WE'LL LOSE MONEY TO KEEP THE DOORS OPEN.

THEY ACKNOWLEDGE WHILE SOME LOCALS BE HESITANT TO HAVE VISITORS DESCEND ON LONG ISLAND BEACHES WITH COVID-19 A THREAT THEY SEE TOURISM A BOOST FOR THE LOCAL ECONOMY AS LONG AS IT IS DONE SAFELY.

WE NEED TO ENSURE BUSINESSES SURVIVE, TALKING ABOUT THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF JOBS, A LOT OF THEM COUNT ON THE REVENUE DURING THE SUMMER.

IT'S VERY, VERY IMPORTANT TO THE ECONOMIC FABRIC BUT IT IS VERY FRAGILE AND OFTEN TIMES TAKEN FOR GRANTED.

ONE OF THE THINGS WE'RE HEARING WHEN TOURISM IS GREAT AND ROBUST WE'LL HEAR FROM THE RESIDENTS WHO SAY WE DON'T WANT ANY MORE TOURISM OR THE VISITORS, THE TRAFFIC, YOU'RE TAKING UP OUR FAVORITE RESTAURANT RESERVATION, WE CAN'T EVEN GET IN.

BUT PEOPLE DON'T REALIZE THE TRICKLE DOWN FUNNEL HOW IT IMPACTS THEIR OWN WALLET AND THEIR OWN HOUSEHOLD SO IMPORTANTLY.

AND SO I THINK PEOPLE ARE GOING TO REALIZE THAT THIS SUMMER AND MAYBE HAVE A RENEWED APPRECIATION FOR TOURISM AND WHAT IT MEANS TO THE ECONOMY.

IN LONG ISLAND, I'M MADDIE ORTON FOR 'METROFOCUS.'

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