Credit cards disinfected and socially distanced poolside loungers: It's (almost) business as usual in one of America's most exclusive playgrounds – the Hamptons



Slide 1 of 28: New York's wealthy elite can breathe a sigh of relief because their vacation playground, the Hamptons, a world of vast mansions, lawn tennis and yacht clubs, is up and running again - with a few coronavirus tweaks. MailOnline's James Gordon traveled there with his family to see what has changed.
Slide 2 of 28: James Gordon and his family stayed at Baron's Cove, pictured, a luxurious waterfront hotel with an outdoor pool in Sag Harbor, which lies around 100 miles east of NYC. Once a thriving port, Sag Harbor is now known for its waterfront resort qualities, meandering tree-lined streets, 18th and 19th-century architecture and casually sophisticated way of life.
Slide 3 of 28: Upon driving into the village, evidence of a 'new normal' is present everywhere. Beneath the sign welcoming visitors was a reminder for all guests to wear face masks at all times.
Slide 4 of 28: The same reminders asking people to wear masks lined the village's lampposts on the Main Street.

Slide 5 of 28: At the Baron's Cove hotel, only outdoor dining is currently permitted to try and stop the risk of further infection.
Slide 6 of 28: Restaurant tables are spaced at least six feet apart to reduce the risk of the virus spreading.
Slide 7 of 28: On Sag Harbor's Main Street, further social distancing techniques are in place, including huge glass screens at restaurants - and some are even disinfecting customers' credit cards.
Slide 8 of 28: Indoor dining is off the cards for now, hence this creative sign spotted in a restaurant window.
Slide 9 of 28: When it comes to shopping, everyone walking along the main street in the village was wearing masks and must wait and queue outside shops to maintain social distancing.

Slide 10 of 28: Shops have set up strict policies, like the ones mentioned in the sign above, to limit the number of people inside at any one time.
Slide 11 of 28: As the sign says 'no mask, no entry'. Shops are also not accepting any returns during this time.
Slide 12 of 28: In a frozen yoghurt outlet, pictured, a one-way system is in place indicated by arrows on the floor.
Slide 13 of 28: Even benches lining the main street in Sag Harbor have had stickers placed over them reminding people not to sit there.
Slide 14 of 28: Plastic screens are becoming the norm in shops and hotels. Pictured above is the reception area at Baron's Cove hotel, where staff speak to guests from behind a plastic screen.

Slide 15 of 28: Screens have also been erected at the Baron's Cove bar to reduce the chances of coronavirus being spread. The bar was open, but drinks had to be consumed on the outdoor patio.
Slide 16 of 28: When it comes to hotels, the room at Baron's Cove Hotel looked normal, but there were some subtle changes.
Slide 17 of 28: There was a packet of complimentary face masks and hand sanitizer - and all in-room reading material, such as the room service menu, is replaced after each guest.
Slide 18 of 28: When it comes to ensuring guests are safe at the hotel, aside from social distancing in public areas, tougher cleaning practices have also been adopted - and air purifiers are sent into hotel rooms once guests depart.
Slide 19 of 28: The restaurant, meanwhile, has been moved outside. All the dining tables and chairs are on the veranda as it was the only way the hotel and restaurant can function and make money while keeping people socially distant.
Slide 20 of 28: All staff are required to wear face masks while working at the hotel, with some even wearing rubber gloves.
Slide 21 of 28: One common rule is that all tables must be located six feet/two meters apart from each other. For some restaurants where space is at a premium, this means far fewer customers can enjoy a meal at any one time.
Slide 22 of 28: Around the pool area, social distancing was also in place. Sun loungers are spaced six feet apart, which is not necessarily a bad thing for visitors.
Slide 23 of 28: Those lucky enough to secure a cabana around the pool area have the added protection of a canopy. Hotel staff are still able to provide deck chairs and umbrellas for those who want to visit nearby beaches.
Slide 24 of 28: The pool area is still busy - but there is plenty of space in between. Other activities on offer included tennis; the courts have reopened and the rackets are disinfected between uses. Bicycles are also available to rent and some gym classes are also taking place - but outdoors.
Slide 25 of 28: The 67-room hotel on Long Island is reporting a 92 percent reservation rate for June, with a strong outlook for July and August.
Slide 26 of 28: The hotel is just a stone’s throw from the bobbing masts of the boats in the harbor.
Slide 27 of 28: On the jetty and nearby beaches, guests are reminded to keep their distance and to maintain social distancing.
Slide 28 of 28: Many Hamptons residents moor their boats at Sag Harbor, to take advantage of the open waters that surround Long Island.
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