[Editor’s note: The meter freeze applies to on-street parking only. The lots will still be metered for the foreseeable future.]

Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter has suspended on-street parking meter fees in downtown Bay Shore until further notice, it was confirmed today.

The measure, among other things, will allow people to more easily grab curbside pickup from local restaurants.

“We are suspending parking meters in Bay Shore until further notice,” Carpenter said. “I, along with the members of the Town Board, wanted to do our part to encourage residents to continue patronizing their local restaurants.

“Anything we can do to help our local businesses to facilitate taking advantage of to-go orders, we need to do. It’s important that during these unsettling times, we do what we can to help one another.”

Many of the restaurants in Bay Shore are offering delivery, curbside pickup or both. They are all closed for dine-in due to coronavirus containment orders from Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Some restaurants are offering discounts on all delivery or pickup.

“The restaurant committee appreciates the town’s decision to suspend the meters,” said Michael McElwee, on behalf of the group. “In these trying times it is important we band together to push through this.

“Many of the downtown restaurants are open for takeout for both food and beverage. We appreciate the community support and look forward to returning to full-time services as soon as possible.”

Check back for more information from Angie Carpenter.