COVID-19 Re-Opening

Click here for the Provincetown COVID-19 Resource Guide.

See for When Can My Business Open and Four-Phased Approach information, following transition from stay-at-home order to Safer at Home Advisory. Click here to ask questions or submit comments about reopening, and here to report complaints.

Here is the June 1, 2020 Select Board and Board of Health Joint Emergency Rule and Order (Rev. 7/13/20).

COVID-19 Travel Order: 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. [See Provincetown Press Release, Re: COVID Tests].
  • 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.

Phase 3 Re-Opening Order for July 6, 2020.  Governor Baker updated gatherings order, effective Tuesday, August 11,  which will: 

  • Reduce the limit on outdoor gatherings from 100 to 50 people (indoor gatherings limit will remain at 25 people) 
  • Apply these limits to all types of gatherings, on both public and private property 
  • Require face coverings where more than 10 people from different households will be mixing.

Due to the recent increase in positive cases, Step 2 of Phase 3 of the Commonwealth’s reopening plan has been postponed indefinitely.

Click here for CDC cleaning and disinfection information.

Restaurants Step 1 Phase 3: UPDATE Effective August 11, 2020 Restaurant rules have been updated to state that alcoholic beverages may only be served for on-site consumption if accompanied by orders for food prepared on-site. See Order 50 for adjustments to outdoor dining.

Lodgings  Step1 Phase 3

Retail Step 1 Phase 3

Theaters and Performance venues Step 1 Phase 3

Fitness Centers and Health Clubs Step 1 Phase 3

Indoor and Outdoor Events Step 1 Phase 3

Indoor Recreation Step 1 Phase 3

Museums/Cultural/Historic/Tours Step 1 Phase 3

Indoor Pools Step 1 Phase 3

Close Personal Contact Personal Services Step 1 Phase 3

Sectors Not Otherwise Addressed Step 1 Phase 3

Here is the Order Further Advancing the Re-Opening of Phase 2 Enterprises starting June 22, 2020.

Here is the COVID-19 State of Emergency webpage with all updates, emergency orders and State Guidance.

All businesses must meet self-certification requirements before reopening in the appropriate Phase. 

Here are links to the State website for the documents you are required to review, complete and/or post:

Mandatory Safety Standards for Workplaces

Reopening Control Plan

Compliance Attestation Poster

Employer Poster and Worker Poster

Additionally, businesses must meet Sector-Specific Guidance Safety Standards and Checklists to reopen.

These documents must be available upon request or inspection and operators are responsible for ensuring compliance with these safety standards and checklists.

Here are links to Sector-Specific Safety Standards and Checklists (scroll to ’Quick Reference Document’ for two downloadable PDFs) for:

Restaurants and the additional Provincetown Board of Health and Licensing Board joint guidance


Step 2 of Phase 2 Starting 6/22/20

Retail ’Step 1’ reopening in Phase 2

Retail ’Step 2’ of Phase 2

Personal Services  ’Step 1’ reopening in Phase 2

Personal Services with Close Contact, allowed in ’Step 2’ reopening in Phase 2

Office Spaces

Hair Salons and Barbershops ’Step 1’ of reopening Phase 2

Hair Salons and Barbershops ’Step 2’ of reopening Phase 2

See Phase 2 Reopening Order and June 1, 2020 Guidance for the Industries on the Re-Opening Plan.


Outdoor Recreation including Semi-Public Pools, Beaches, Sports/Leagues/Camps, Parks/Open Space/Outdoor Recreation, Playgrounds and Outdoor Fitness, and Campgrounds.

Child Care and Youth Programs

Sectors not otherwise addressed

Click here for print-ready posters prepared by Cape Cod Re-Opening Task Force (such as ’No Mask No Service’)

DPH Summertime COVID Safety Guidance

Cape Cod Re-Opening Task Force

COVID-19 Health Equity Advisory Group