Q: Are beaches on Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket open?
Yes, all beaches are open as of Phase I (May 18, 2020).
Q: Do I need to wear a mask or face covering at the beach?
Face masks and coverings must be worn in public places, including beaches, when social distancing is not possible. This means they must be worn if 6 feet of distance cannot be maintained between other people. They do not need to be worn while swimming.
Q: How many people can gather on the beach?
Groups of people are allowed up to 10.
Q: How far apart do people need to be on the beach?
People are expected to maintain at least 6 feet apart at all times on the beach while towels and beach blankets should be spaced at least 12 feet apart to allow for movement of others along the beach.
Q: Are games allowed on the beach?
Organized ball games are not allowed activity including, but not limited to, volleyball, Kan Jam, spikeball, football, soccer, Kadima, and bocce
Q: Is parking available to non-residents at the beaches?
Parking for resident and non-residents will be monitored by management at each individual beach. Each beach may have reduced parking availability, so check with the town on specific procedures which can also vary from beach to beach within a town.
Q: Do I need to pay or make a reservation in advance?
You may as each town is encouraged to provide admissions via a no contact process (online reservation, permit or sticker, etc.). Hand transactions at the beach are permitted if contactless payment is not possible. Check with each individual town on their procedures.
Q: Will restrooms be open?
Yes, restrooms may remain open provided they have adequate hand washing or sanitizing stations. Each beach will be responsible for ensuring CDC guidelines are followed for cleaning and disinfecting for interior spaces and that social distancing can be maintained.
Q: Will changing facilities be open?
These will not be open during Phase 1 (until June 8th). More information is expected for Phase 2.
Q: Will food be available at the beach?
Food service may be available for take-out only during Phase 1.
For more information, please view the Massachusetts beach safety and re-opening standards announced on May 18, 2020.