By Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com
For those of us who adore Cape Cod and typically vacation there each summer, interest is keen about if and when we can make the trip to enjoy our favorite spots. As of today June 3 2020, Massachusetts remains in Phase I of reopening following the COVID-19 shutdowns that have been in place across the nation, however, Phase II is just days away of what is a gradual four-phase plan.
Beaches have been open right along but parking lots only reopened on Memorial Day Weekend with more limited parking allowed. If social distancing is not possible, face masks must be worn unless swimming. Don’t assume lifeguards will be on duty and don’t expect to use restrooms, changing rooms or showers just yet. Beach wheelchairs are also not available at the moment according to Cape Days. Beach volleyball, Bocce or other organized sports are not allowed at this time.
“The earliest” lodging will be available is June 8. As for your favorite restaurants – call ahead to see if they offer take-out or have outdoor seating. The Cape Cod Times is reporting that some restaurants have opted to close before the phasing in of reopening the state. Two notables in Hyannis, Dockside and Roadhouse Cafe. Restaurant owners are welcoming news this week that restaurants may skip the traditional lengthy process of getting permits from the alcohol commission and instead get licensing from local municipalities.
As for events, again call ahead or check websites. A couple that sound appealing – if it materializes, 35th Annual Citizens Bank Pops By the Sea on the Hyannis Town Green a fundraiser for the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, August 9, $25 & up admission. Here’s something at the opposite end of the highbrow cultural tangent – “Hooker’s Ball”. Bet that name got your attention, it sure caught mine. The Cape Cod Commercial Fisherman’s Alliance will host it’s 19th annual as a virtual event – on August 1 in Chatham. All that’s needed is a Smart Phone or computer check their website for cost. Okay, it might be more fun to attend the real thing – hopefully – next summer. If you are a lighthouse lover, most Cape lighthouses are closed until further notice but still viewable from the exterior. What about the famous land & sea Duckmobiles? According to their website, they are closed for 2020.
The Times is describing the COVID-19 summer on The Cape as a “muted summer.” Nonetheless, for me even a muted summer on Cape Cod is better than nothing.
*Check out the MY VIEW column I wrote for the Cape Cod Times published May 29 ” The Magic of ‘The Cape’ Will Prevail Over Temporary Inconvenience”.