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Sylvan Beach residents and business owners expecting abnormal Memorial Day Weekend

The residents and business owners at Sylvan Beach said that they're expecting a different Memorial Day weekend than they're used too.

Posted: May 19, 2020 6:49 PM
Updated: May 19, 2020 6:50 PM

SYLVAN BEACH, N.Y. ---The residents and business owners at Sylvan Beach said that they're expecting a different Memorial Day weekend than they're used too.

Due to Coronavirus restrictions, Sylvan Beach will remain closed on Memorial Day. Residents of the village said in the warm months the beach is what draws a majority of the tourists. 

Residents and business owners said that having it closed on Memorial Day, will likely affect the amount of foot traffic.

"We will definitely see that impact those day time visitors may not be coming out on the weekends yet until they do decide to open up the beachfront. But its important to us to realize that we have a very small but loyal population that are here year-round," said Spaghetti Factory owner Jason Specilly.

Village and Oneida County officials said the reason the beach can't open is that it could not meet the mandates required by the state. Those including 50 percent capacity and social distancing. But Specilly said just because the beach is closed, doesn't mean the businesses are too.

"We just want everyone to be aware that Sylvan Beach as in all of the restaurants and all other family-owned businesses are still here. We're still fighting every day to keep going and that's what we plan on doing. Up until the time that we can let people back into our restaurant, we will be doing take out," said Specilly.

Residents told NEWSChannel 2 on Tuesday they still believe the beach will be active in some fashion come Memorial Day.

"I think the beaches are going to be packed, they want to get out of the house, they're going to do it anyway," said Carmen Barres.

In terms of enforcing the order, The Sheriff's Department and State Police said they would respond to complaint calls. We asked Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol on whether tickets would be issued, he responded with "I hope not."

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