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MetroFocus: May 21, 2020

Tonight we examine what college life will look like come this Fall and what the future holds for higher education in a post-pandemic world. 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?

AIRED: May 21, 2020 | 0:28:44
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>>> 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.

>> 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."

>> FOR THE LATEST NEWS ON THE

CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC AND YOUR

COMMUNITY VISIT US AT

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