Posted on: July 30, 2020

Summer is officially here in Provincetown, and as July 6th, we are officially in Phase 3 of opening in Massachusetts.  Many details of what can or can’t be done have yet to be determine.  Please be patient and kind as we navigate these uncharted waters.

(Update 4.0)

BOTTOM LINE: If you are coming from NY, NJ, New England, or Low-risk State you are fine and do NOT need to quarantine. If you are coming from a higher risk State there are options for you.  See below.

Below is the official text on travel to Massachusetts and CAPE COD.

NEW TRAVEL ORDERS– Effective August 1, 2020, all visitors and returning residents entering Massachusetts must follow new travel orders. The Commonwealth has made great progress to slow the spread of COVID-19 and gradually re-open the economy, and all visitors have a responsibility to help us keep transmission levels as low as possible.

All visitors entering Massachusetts, including returning residents, who do not meet an exemption, are required to:

  • Complete the Massachusetts Travel Form prior to arrival, unless you are visiting from a lower-risk state designated by the Department of Public Health.
  • Quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to your arrival in Massachusetts.

If your COVID-19 test result has not been received prior to arrival, visitors, and residents must quarantine until they receive a negative test result.

Failure to comply may result in a $500 fine per day.

Please find more information below, including the list of lower-risk states, exemptions, business guidance and other details.

14-Day Quarantine Requirement

All individuals entering Massachusetts after 12:01 a.m. on August 1, 2020 must quarantine for 14 days from the date of arrival in Massachusetts unless the individual meets one of the criteria below:

  • Lower-risk State: This includes individuals coming from a COVID-19 lower-risk state within the United States, as detailed above.
  • 72-hour Testing Rule: The individual can produce, upon request, proof of a negative test result for COVID-19 from a test administered on a sample taken no longer than 72 hours before your arrival in Massachusetts.

#1 Rule: WEAR A MASK in public. Respect this town and respect others. You may or may not face public shaming if you don’t wear a mask. Locals are very nervous- for good reason.

(Update 3.0)
What does Phase 3 mean? It means Gyms, theaters, museums, and other potential outdoor entertainment facilities will be open at a limited capacity. Restaurants are open for indoor and outdoor dining- again limited. Bars are NOT open but other “spaces” can be open if they serve food and adhere to guidelines. Art Galleries are open. Bonfires are currently NOT being allowed in the National Seashore.

Almost all of Provincetown’s restaurants are open for take-out.  Many restaurants have used remarkable creativity to produce wonderful outdoor dining in alleyways (Front Street), parking lots (Fanizzi’s, Liz’s), walkways (Ross’s) or using existing substantial outdoor space (Canteen, Spindlers, Crown & Anchor, Tin Pan, Patio).  As I hear of more of more I will update.  CAPACITY IS LIMITED. MAKE A RESERVATION.

ptownie has compiled a list of who has Outdoor Seating with numberss of table and seats where it was supplied by the establishment. Here is the link: Outdoor Dining

Shopping is open and you can now physically browse and shop in stores. Please be aware that a limited number of people are typically allowed in the shop at any one time.

Masks? YES! Provincetown citizens have been conscientious about wearing masks—please respect our social distancing measures and wear a mask when in public and unable to social distance, or anytime when you are on Commercial Street from Bangs Street to Pleasant Street.

Parking is open but is only accepting credit cards. Neighborhood resident permit parking restrictions are in place.

The Bay State Cruise ferry between Boston and Provincetown resumed service on Monday, June 22, with three trips per day, seven days a week.

Weed? Yes. Curaleaf is now open and other dispensaries are still working through the process of opening. We have further information, rules, and a map at Weed in Provincetown For example, you cannot smoke openly in the National Seashore (it’s federal land).

We ask for your patience while we all try to remain safe until we can open our doors and welcome you as we have in the past. With your help, we can recover from this virus and these challenging economic times. We look forward to welcoming you back. Thank you for supporting this place that we all love by respecting this guidance.  We will update as we get more information.