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Visiting Cape Cod During Covid-19
2021 Updates & Outlook

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!

Man walking his dog on the beach at sunset"Social Distancing" at Sunset

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*Important: As Massachusetts continues through the final stages of re-opening, the information on this page will change. So please bookmark this page and check back regularly for updates.

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The Current Situation

Travel Advisory

If you're coming to Massachusetts from another state, you're  advised to quarantine for 10 days upon arrival in Massachusetts, unless:

  • You've been fully vaccinated for more than 14 day before arriving here; or

  • You've had a negative Covid test result within 72 hours of coming into MA.

    *Note: If you're planning to fly into the US from another country, you'll still have to follow the US government travel rules and restrictions. Please see the CDC website for details.


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.

Bars & Nightclubs

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.

Activities & Events

Additional re-opening milestones are coming our way this month.

On May 10th:

  • Amusement parks, theme parks and outdoor water parks will be allowed to operate at 50% capacity.

  • Other large venues like indoor and outdoor stadiums, arenas and ballparks may increase their occupancy limit to 25%.

  • Road races and other large, outdoor group athletic events will be allowed with staggered starts

On May 29th:

  • Gathering limits will increase to 200 people indoors and 250 people outdoors for event venues, public settings and private settings.

  • Street festivals, parades and agricultural festivals will be allowed at 50% capacity.

  • Bars, beer gardens, breweries, wineries and distilleries will be allowed to serve customers with seated service only, a 90 minute limit and no dance floors.

Looking Ahead to Summer 2021

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 ...

Lodging Accommodations

As I've mentioned in earlier updates, finding lodging vacancies for the summer months is becoming more challenging with each passing day. 

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.

It's Happening!

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!

Do you have a Covid-related vacation question that I haven't answered on this page? Feel free to ask it in the "Comments" section below!

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