A daily flow of traffic to the village of Southampton continues. Many New Yorkers who traveled to the village for the summer are now sharply changing their departure plans as concerns about the pandemic do not go away.
“My daughter is staying here,” said one woman.
“There’s a bunch of people who don’t want to leave after Labor Day,” said another woman.
“Everyone is concerned about their safety,” said one man.
“School enrollment here has increased,” said another woman.
Several teens who spoke told CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan that their parents had an explanation.
“It’s a good idea because there are fewer people,” said one teenager.
“Everyone is following the guidelines,” said another teenager.
Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff and his family have left the Upper East Side to visit their Southampton mansion.
“We are here day in and day out to see what’s going on with this COVID-19 pandemic,” Shafiroff said.
But, potential problems loom. Without enough antennas and towers in the East End, problems with cell service and the internet are exploding with so many people working and playing remotely.
“It’s very frustrating because we’re counting on it for everything now,” said one woman.
“You can’t do your job, you can’t have fun,” said another woman.
Schools are now sounding the alarm on overpopulation. There are also public safety concerns over whether the infrastructure can accommodate hundreds, if not thousands, of additional families.
“I think the Hamptons have to face it,” said one man.
“If you can work remotely and your office isn’t open, why not? It seems more normal here than in the city, ”said one woman.
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“Many of them are choosing to stay and will actually help provide funding for the government that continues to provide services during this pandemic,” said Steve Bellone, Suffolk County Director.
During a tourism briefing, there were messages of resolution.
“We are now seeing new fall and winter seasons,” said Kristen Jarnagin, President of Discover Long Island.
With the influx of summer residents remaining, there is an economic bright spot – seasonal hotels, restaurants and cafes that normally close after Labor Day are now planning to stay open.
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