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Beach Signage, Other Details Revealed as Cape Cod Begins to Reopen

Barnstable County
These new beach signs will be placed on Cape Cod beaches.

The Cape Cod Reopening Task Force wants to get the word out about reopening Cape Cod after a quiet Memorial Day weekend. That includes new beach signs and a new website.

State Senator Julian Cyr, the task force spokesman, said he expected a muted season, and so far, that’s how it seems to be playing out.

"The real key for us, as we reopen, and as we welcome more people back, is to make sure that the public understands what they need to do, so there’s a consistent message across the region," he said.

To that end, the task force has launched a website,, with information tailored to residents, visitors, businesses, and town government.

The Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce hopes businesses will respond to a survey on the website to identify areas where they may need assistance.

In conjunction with the task force, the Barnstable County Health Department has offered beach signs to Cape Cod towns. The signs outline rules such as wearing masks when you can’t maintain a six-foot distance, and keeping 12 feet between groups on the sand.


County health director Sean O’Brien said they’ll be available by early next week.


Task force members noted that with the tourist season uncertain, April unemployment spiked higher on the Cape and Islands than in any other Massachusetts counties. Nantucket was the highest, at 28 percent.

Jennette Barnes is a reporter and producer. Named a Master Reporter by the New England Society of News Editors, she brings more than 20 years of news experience to CAI.