Last Updated: May 3, 2021
I'm thrilled to report that the Covid-19 situation in Massachusetts is improving every week, and all signs are pointing toward a nearly "normal" Cape Cod vacation season ahead!
If you're coming to Massachusetts from another state, you're advised to quarantine for 10 days upon arrival in Massachusetts, unless:
Lodgings on Cape Cod are open with no restrictions on the number of rooms they're allowed to rent.
Capacity limits, social distancing and face coverings are still required in hallways, elevators and other common areas.
Restaurants may serve customers indoors and outdoors, along with take-out and delivery service where available.
No more than six people are allowed at each table (to be increased to 10 people per table as of May 29th). 90-minute limits on occupying a table are still in place.
Tables are adequately spaced for social distancing, and masks are required when you're not seated, eating and drinking.
FYI: I do recommend making a reservation whenever possible.
The short answer is: not yet.
But don't worry! You won't have to forego your favorite beer, wine or cocktail during your visit to the Cape. ;-)
Restaurant are allowed to serve adult beverages. As are our local wineries and distilleries, as long as they also serve you a food item prepared on-site.
Retail stores and shopping malls are open for in-person shopping under a 50% occupancy restriction.
As you might have guessed, social distancing and face masks are required in all retail establishments.
Additional re-opening milestones are coming our way this month.
On May 10th:
On May 29th:
August 1st is the target date for everything to re-open at 100%, with best-practice guidelines in place (i.e., social distancing and face masks where distancing isn't possible).
With that in mind, here are a few tips to make your planning a breeze and your vacation the best ...
As I've mentioned in earlier updates, finding lodging vacancies for the summer months is becoming more challenging with each passing day.
Many vacation rental properties are already booked solid for the months of July and August. Vacancies in June and September are being snapped up quickly, too.
It's a little easier to find vacancies at our local hotels, motels, resorts and inns. But I wouldn't wait too long to reserve a room. Last-minute vacancies will undoubtedly be as tough to come by this summer as they were last year.
Spaces in campgrounds are being snapped up, too. Given the increased popularity of camping in these social-distancing times, it's not surprising that the most sought-after camping spots on Cape Cod go quickly.
So it's best to reserve your campsite as early as possible, too.
Annual Fairs, Festivals & Events
Although most of the Cape's activities and attractions will be open this summer, it's still up in the air for some of our annual fairs, festivals and events.
My best guess is: the ones that require many months of pre-planning will be postponed again until next year.
Right now, I'm scrambling to get more information from event sponsors. I'll update my events pages as I find out more.
I'm already getting that old, familiar feeling of Cape Cod coming back to life for our spring "shoulder season".
Just a few weeks out from Memorial Day weekend, I'm confident the Cape will be ready to welcome everyone to the unofficial start of summer!