COVID-19: Small Business & Community Resources
In response to COVID-19, there will be a strong emphasis placed on public safety in Wellfleet and on Cape Cod this summer.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Governor Baker has announced that effective August 1st, all travelers entering Massachusetts — both out of state residents and Massachusetts residents returning home — must comply with a new travel order. This includes students returning to campuses for the fall semester. See COVID-19 Travel Order and updated FAQ regarding specific travel scenarios in terms of the Travel Order.
The new travel order requires all visitors and returning residents to fill out a “Massachusetts Traveler Form” unless they are coming from a state that has been designated a lower risk COVID-19 state or fall into an exemption category. The new travel order also provides that visitors and returning residents arriving in Massachusetts from any place other than a COVID-19 lower-risk state must quarantine for 14-days unless they can produce a negative COVID-19 test result administered on a sample taken not more than 72-hours prior to arriving in Massachusetts.
The Cape Cod Reopening Task Force has created a resource page for Residents & Visitors. It provides important information to our residents and visitors on best practices and safety standards for enjoying Cape Cod as we work to slowly and safely reopen.
While you are here, be vigilant of symptoms of illness, and stay home if you are sick. Please be respectful and mindful of those around you, observe protocols for physical distancing at beaches, businesses, and in open spaces. Plan to have a covering/mask on hand when physical distancing is not possible, and frequently wash/sanitize your hands. Keep in mind, these precautions are in place to promote public safety and reduce transmission of COVID-19, and help keep our residents and summer visitors safe while they are here. We are all in this together!
Wellfleet specific resources and information:
• The Beach Sticker Office on the pier will be closed, and all Resident/Visitor Beach/Transfer stickers will be sold online. Here’s what you need to know about Wellfleet Beach/Transfer Stickers in 2020.
• Beach Stickers will be required at all beaches and ponds until September 27, and there will be parking lot attendants checking stickers during this extended period.
• There will be Lifeguards on duty at Newcomb Hollow and LeCount Hollow Beach daily until September 27.
• Region-wide guidelines have been established to help keep beach-goers safe. Here’s what to expect when you arrive: Beach Guidelines
• The Cape Cod National Seashore is an incredible resource on the Outer Cape. Here is information regarding their facility operations during COVID-19, including availability of restrooms, lifeguards on duty, and parking fees.
• When enjoying outdoor recreation activities, you are asked to wear your mask when physical distancing is not possible. While enjoying a walk in the woods, or on the pier, it is always possible that you will pass another party at a point where you cannot physically distance– please be conscientious of others and have your mask ready.
• Restaurants are offering limited indoor dining, outdoor dining and takeout food at this time. Face masks are required to be worn by customers (and staff) except when seated at your table, but be courteous and wear your face mask while engaging with your server and other restaurant staff. Please observe visual social distance markers and directional signs for foot traffic, entry and exit points. One person in your party may be asked to provide a phone number, for possible contract tracing.
• Retail shops are open for browsing. Face masks are required for all customers (and workers). There is a limit on the capacity at each shop, be courteous and follow shop signage and directives. Please observe visual social distance markers and directional signs for foot traffic, entry and exit points, and practice social distancing while in-store and waiting in line outside.