STATEMENT FROM CAPE COD REOPENING TASK FORCE REGARDING UPDATED GUIDANCE TO SEASONAL RESIDENTS & VISITORS TO CAPE COD, MARTHA’S VINEYARD, NANTUCKET, AND GOSNOLD
(CAPE COD) — Today, region-wide stakeholders, including the Cape Cod Reopening Task Force, released updated guidance to seasonal residents of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, and Gosnold, effective through Phase 1 of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ reopening, which is expected to last into June. Guidance is available in English below; updated versions in Spanish and Portuguese editions are forthcoming.
“Even in the context of a summer that will look very different from years past, we welcome, appreciate, and depend on our seasonal residents and visitors as members of our own community” said State Senator Julian Cyr (D-Truro) Public Information Officer for the Cape Cod Reopening Task Force. “It is imperative that each of us take responsibility for our own role in containing the spread of the virus as we look to reopen. In practice, this means wearing face covering when necessary, washing hands and surfaces often, keeping appropriate levels of distance, and staying vigilant for symptoms. Adherence to public health guidelines will determine the pace at which we can reopen and resume our regional tourism economy as it was in years past.”
The guidance was developed with collaboration with the Baker-Polito Administration, regional health care providers, the Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket Chambers of Commerce, members of the Cape Cod Reopening Task Force, the Cape & Islands Legislative Delegation, and a coalition of county and municipal government leaders in the region.
As we have grappled with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commonwealth has been in a state of shutdown. If we are to reopen and trudge back to some sense of normal, we need to do so with an eye towards containing this virus and using test capabilities where it makes the most sense. That's why the Commonwealth set up a contact tracing partnership. Learning about contact tracing and working diligently with the partners is your opportunity to protect yourself and the people that you love.Read more
A region-wide task force has been assembled to develop strategies for reopening Cape Cod once it is safe to do so. The Cape Cod Reopening Task Force is led by the Cape & Islands Legislative Delegation, the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, and Barnstable County, with participation from Cape Cod Healthcare, municipal officials, first responders, community leaders, and others.
The public is invited to submit comments to the Task Force. Comments will be reviewed and taken into consideration as the Task Force conducts its work. Comments can be submitted online here.Read more
On May 1st, region-wide guidance was issued to seasonal residents of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket as the summer approaches. The guidance is intended to provide information to seasonal residents regarding the Governor’s stay-at-home order and non-essential business closures that are in place through May 18. The guidance is provided in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
The aim of the guidance is to speak with one consistent message to the region’s seasonal residents, second home-owners, summer workers, and visitors to ensure public health and promote economic vitality when we are able to reopen. We appreciate, welcome, and depend on our seasonal residents, now more than ever. We look forward to welcoming you back.
This guidance will be updated as additional information becomes available and as municipalities and organizations sign on. The guidance was developed in consultation with the Baker-Polito Administration.
A regional task force has also been assembled by the Cape Cod & Islands Legislative Delegation, the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, and Barnstable County, with participation from Cape Cod Healthcare, several town managers, and community leaders. More information will be made available on this task force in the coming days.
Signatories to the guidance include:
Cape Cod Healthcare
Martha’s Vineyard Hospital
Nantucket Cottage Hospital
Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce
Nantucket Chamber of Commerce
U.S. Representative Bill Keating
State Senator Julian Cyr
State Representative Sarah Peake
State Representative Will Crocker
State Representative Dylan Fernandes
State Representative Randy Hunt
State Representative David Vieira
This is an unprecedented time for Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket. The COVID-19 pandemic is a very steep challenge for all of us.
With this page, I want to keep you informed of our continued work on the many issues COVID-19 presents and provide a source of clear and updated information. Below please find general updates, answers to frequently asked questions, and links to official websites. My hope is to alleviate some of the understandable concern we all are experiencing during this uncertain and unprecedented time with accurate consistent information.
I am honored to serve as a member of the state Senate's COVID-19 Working Group established by the Senate President to identify immediate policy, legislative, and budgetary actions needed to most effectively address the impact of the virus. As part of this effort, I have been tasked with focusing on issues related to the population identified to be most at risk, older adults. So many of you have already helped me to identify priorities and potential solutions based on your first-hand experiences. In the days and weeks ahead, please continue to reach out to me and my staff with concerns, suggestions, and needs. Reach me at email@example.com.
Please stay safe and take care of yourself and your loved ones during this difficult time.
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