Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Cape Cod & Islands are Affected by COVID-19

The Coronavirus is present on Cape Cod. It is not summer here. Please think carefully before arriving early to open your summer homes. Our grocery stores are experiencing the same shortages of toilet paper, Clorox wipes, Lysol spray, chicken, produce, etc. Many small businesses have yet to open for the season, some have closed and others may be forced to close. Please Note: Our hospitals are limited in size.

All schools, libraries and churches are closed. Bowling alleys, movie theaters, country clubs, miniature golf courses, and other recreational facilities are also closed. The bars are closed too! The restaurants that are open, are offering take out orders only. Most live theatre performances and concerts, scheduled for March, April and May, have been cancelled or postponed - ticket holders can check the venue's website for refund policies.

Stay Healthy - stay away from crowds, maintain social distancing, practice proper hand washing. Be Considerate and Be Kind - don't hoard just buy what you need and leave some on the shelves for others; make phone calls to check in on elderly or sick relatives, friends and neighbors. Be Smart - visit local, state and government sites for news updates!

An emergency order, issued by Governor Baker, has required all businesses and organizations that do not provide "COVID-19 Essential Services" to close from Tuesday March 24 until Tuesday April 7. Please "... stay home and avoid unnecessary travel and other unnecessary activities ..."
A Statement from Barnstable County Administration is urging "... Self-isolation for 14 days will help curb the spread of the disease in Barnstable County and lessen the stress on our critical infrastructure, including First Responders, hospitals, and healthcare providers. ... Non-residents are encouraged to consider returning to their full-time residences."
This is NOT an ideal time to open your summer cottage!

See for local county updates; for state-wide information and updates. Visit for complete info on Coronavirus Disease 2019.

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