FIDCO COVID-19 Protocol and Practices – including Beaches & Parking

FIDCO COVID‐19
Protocol and Practices August 2020 Update

FIDCO continues to monitor Southold guidance, as well as recommendations from the IHP to inform our decisions. The following is an updated reminder of daily operations:

Beaches

  • Masks must be worn on the beach paths
  • Social distancing is required on beaches which means:
    o groups no larger than 10 people,
    o each group should set up at least 12 feet away from the next group, and
    o groups should be limited to cohorts only
  • Paths to Isabella and Chocomount have been widened, where possible, to allow beachgoers to pass 6 feet apart – please step to the side when passing others
  • Beach parking is limited to only where there are available spots – to help manage capacity ensure that the roads are clear for the passage of emergency vehicles

Strict administration of no-parking areas, especially the fire lanes, will be enforced, and parking violations may lead to suspension of East End sticker access for the rest of the year.

Paved and Dirt Roads and Rec Path Access

    • Rec Path users must follow posted rules and try to stay at least 6 feet from others
    • Please leash and pick up after your dog, as required by the Southold Leash Law – part of social distancing means controlling your dog, so it does not run up to others
    • As always, and for everyone’s safety, please slow down on the roads!

Gate House and Employees

      • The Gate House remains accessible only to employees – all transactions must be done through the window, and please remember to wear a mask
      • Stickers should be purchased via the online to help limit the person-to-person exchanges at the Gate House: http://webtownhall.com/webapps/fidco/gatepass/

Please be considerate, enroll in the IHP Resident Census and remember to Enroll‐Test‐Check‐Protect!

July 2, 2020

To all Fishers Islanders:

With the long weekend upon us, this letter is to remind the entire community to please help keep our island safe – including on the beaches.

FIDCO has incorporated the official and evolving guidance of the CDC, NY State and Southold, as well as the IHP and ICB, into protocols and practices, within our jurisdiction – in order to make the beaches safely accessible.

The paths to Isabella and Chocomount have been widened, where possible. Groups should be limited to no more than 10 people, and spaced out at least 12 feet apart. Please remember that social distancing of at least six feet should be maintained at all times for individuals who are not members of the same household or family group. The rules of contact tracing and social distancing do not change just because you are on the beach.

FIDCO is trying to manage density restrictions by limiting beach parking to designated areas only – orange window stickers have and will be used for parking violations, and we will continue to revoke East End access, if necessary, for those who do not follow the posted FIDCO COVID-19 Beach Protocol and Practices. Utilizing the video system at the gate house, we are also able to better manage authorized access. In addition, we have asked the State Troopers to patrol the East End beaches.

This is now about personal responsibility. What makes Fishers Island so special is the simple and quiet enjoyment of its many natural offerings. Last weekend, it was reported that large groups congregated on the beaches, disregarding the social distancing guidelines. If this non-compliance continues, we may all be forced to lose the privilege of these beaches. It is up to each of us, every day, to follow the guidance and make sure that doesn’t happen.

We are in this together – so please be considerate, wear a mask, and practice social distancing!

Thank you, Amelia Gary

June 2020 Update

FIDCO continues to monitor Southold guidance, as well as recommendations from the IHP to inform our decisions. The following is an updated reminder of daily operations – now that we have met the necessary criteria to begin reopening:

Beaches

  • Social distancing is required on beaches – recommendations are that groups should be limited to cohorts only, no larger than 10 people, and each group should set up at least 12 feet away from the next group
  • Paths to Isabella and Chocomount have been widened, where possible, to allow beachgoers to pass 6 feet apart
  • Beach parking will be limited to only where there are available spots – to help manage capacity and social distancing
  • Strict administration of the no-parking areas, especially the fire lanes, will be enforced, and violations may lead to suspension of East End sticker access for the rest of the year
  • Emergency access on the dirt roads has been improved through the expansion of parking areas at Chocomount, and now Isabella, to allow for sufficient space for emergency vehicles to pass

Paved and Dirt Roads, Beaches and Rec Path Access

  • Rec Path users must follow posted rules and try to stay at least 6 feet from others
  • Please leash and pick up after your dog, as required by the Southold Leash Law – part of social distancing means controlling your dog, so it does not run up to others
  • As always, and for everyone’s safety, please slow down on the roads!

Gate House and Employees

  • The Gate House remains accessible only to employees – all transactions must be done through the window, and please remember to wear a mask
  • Stickers should be purchased via the online to help limit the person-to-person exchanges at the Gate House: http://webtownhall.com/webapps/fidco/gatepass/

Please be considerate and practice Social Distancing!

April 2020

FIDCO is working closely with the IHP and ICB to develop protocols and practices that protect our employees and the community during these uncertain times. FIDCO is following NY State, Federal and Local guidelines to inform our decisions, and how we carry out our daily operations.

Gate House

  • Gate House is only accessible to employees – all transactions must be done through the window.
  • Please utilize the online renewal system to purchase 2020 Stickers, and limit the person-to-person exchanges at the Gate House: http://webtownhall.com/webapps/fidco/gatepass/ FIDCO Employees
  • Fortunately, all FIDCO employees live on the island year-round; there are no off-island commuters.
  • Please respect the safety of our employees by maintaining at least a 6-foot distance while they are working.

Paved and Dirt Roads, Beaches and Rec Path Access

  • Please remember to leash and pick up after your dog, as required by the Southold Leash Law – and part of social distancing means controlling your dog so it does not run up to others.
  • Beach access remains unchanged at this time however, future government recommendations may require changes to ensure adequate social distancing. Please obey parking signs and do not block emergency access.
  • As always, for everyone’s safety please slow down! Our emergency responders are trying to do their jobs, and your consideration is important for them to be successful, now more than ever.

Reminders for all Fishers Island Residents

  • Please Practice Strict Social Distancing. Even after the 14-day self-quarantine period, it is critical that you maintain at least a 6-foot distance from others outside your cohort.
  • As per NY State guidelines: Wear a mask/bandana/face covering to pick up from the: Village Market, Post Office, Freight Office/Ferry, Gas Stations, and the Hardware Store.
  • If you feel sick, please be in contact with Dr. Chris Ingram early in the day, so that the IHP can make the necessary decisions in a timely fashion.
  • Please refrain from off-island trips, unless urgent; Self-quarantine is recommended each time you return to the island at this time.
  • By working together, we can protect the safety and well being of our island community.

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