I have taken note to this topic about the Long Island East End resort area during the current situation.
The influx is of primarily wealthy City residents that have seasonal second residences
on the East End.
From the New York Times via Yahoo News: (3/26)
https://news.yahoo.com/wealthy-flee-cor ... 51370.html
The idea is to get out of the City to "stay home" in their second residences - which
are most likely single family-type dwellings. This situation is occurring in areas such
as the Jersey Shore and Catskill Mountains - for that matter any seasonal residences.
Anyone leaving the City for the long term going out to the East End of Long Island
is most likely using their own vehicles - or renting one - and not using the LIRR to
travel unless it is absolutely necessary. With gasoline prices low adding more of an
incentive to drive instead of taking public transportation.
With the weather showing signs of breaking out into Spring this may only add to
the thoughts of "getting away" from the City and the densely populated suburbs
to the west - but as noted there is only limited hospital space(s) on LI's East End
with the three major medical centers in Southampton, Riverhead and Greenport.
A substantial portion of the Hampton Jitney's ridership are "Weekenders" along
with passengers travelling between their two residences in the City and out on
the East End. This is the same for Montauk Branch ridership to stations between
Westhampton and Montauk (fare zone 14) on the LIRR.
With the Hampton Jitney temporarily suspended the LIRR continues in service as
a "life line" to the East End - but ridership should remain low at least currently.
EXPRESS TRAIN TO NEW YORK PENN STATION-NO JAMAICA ON THIS TRAIN-PLEASE STAND CLEAR OF THE CLOSING TRAIN DOORS