Safe Easter Celebrations Planned On Long Island As Health Officials Continue To Urge COVID Caution

Officials are urging caution as families return to some holiday traditions this weekend. Safe celebrations are being planned across Long Island. CBS2's Carolyn Gusoff reports.

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- Officials are now urging caution as families return to more holiday traditions this weekend.

- CBS 2's Carolyn Gusoff found safe celebrations planned across Long Island.

- Say hi, Jackie.

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CAROLYN GUSOFF: The Easter Bunny, Easter egg races, family fun. For the first time in a long time, families are feeling safer to gather.

MARISSA ALLABEN: To be able to celebrate the holiday together, it's just a fabulous thing to do if everyone could follow the right protocols.

- (SINGING) Have you ever seen the Easter Bunny?

CAROLYN GUSOFF: Easter celebrations at Rolling River Day Camp sold out. Limited to 300 people outside, divided into sessions, well spaced, masks required, age 5 and up. At Cipriano's in East Meadow, families are gathering for outdoor crafts.

MARIA CIPRIANO: We space them all out. Everybody comes in with their mask. It was like back to normal.

CAROLYN GUSOFF: You can measure the progress at Stew Leonard's.

JOHN MASCARELLO: More people getting vaccinated. There's a lot of hope out there and the audience-- we have a lot of dinner for eights, where last year was all dinner for four.

CAROLYN GUSOFF: The [? Southards ?] of East Rockaway say the masks will come off for immediate family.

- But they've all been vaccinated.

CAROLYN GUSOFF: And while the season signals new beginnings, there are still those very hesitant to make big changes.

- Not everybody's two weeks out. So we're going to wait.

CAROLYN GUSOFF: The [? Bernasets ?] of Floral Park will gather for a church and a family supper.

- I think we're getting there. I still think that there's a lot of reticence.

CAROLYN GUSOFF: Current guidance in New York, no more than 10 people indoors in a private residence, 25 people outdoors with masks six feet apart unless everyone is vaccinated.

THERESA FIORITO: Unfortunately, with the young children, we are not advising that. Because as you know, young children cannot be vaccinated.

CAROLYN GUSOFF: Mayor de Blasio urging compliance.

BILL DE BLASIO: We want everyone who is with us this year to still be with us next year.

CAROLYN GUSOFF: A time for renewal and faith at time for continued safety.

- Happy Easter.

CAROLYN GUSOFF: In East Rockaway, Long Island, Carolyn Gusoff, CBS 2 News.