COVID-19 FAQs

Town of Dennis - FAQs at a Glance

Q: Can I still buy a Beach Sticker?
A: Yes.  Due to the COVID-19 emergency situation sticker sales will be purchased online or by mail until further notice: Please click here for more information on Beach Sticker Purchases. Please click here for more information on Sticker Sales By Mail.  If you have any further questions you can call Sticker Sales at (508) 760-6106.​


Q: Can I buy an Off Road Vehicle (ORV) sticker?  If I am a current ORV sticker holder can I access ORV locations approved locations?  (May 20th)
A: Unfortunately, we are not currently selling shellfish licenses due to the Town Hall closure. If you are a current season ORV sticker holder the Board of Selectmen voted to close Crowe's Pasture ORV operations starting Friday May 22nd through to June 1st.  Once open access is limited to low tide (flats) ONLY.  For more detailed information please refer to the ORV Guidance 5/20/20.  Please remember to respect all posted signage, and to be sure to practice social distancing as mandated by Governor Baker.  If you have any further questions you can call the Natural Resources Department at (508) 760-6123.


Q: Are the beaches open?  (Updated May 20th)
A: Yes.  In order to comply with the Governor’s guidance issued on May 18, 2020, the Dennis beaches will remain open and unstaffed until Saturday, June 13, 2020 per the Dennis Select Board.  From Saturday, May 23rd through Saturday, June 13th bathrooms and concessions will be opened and cleaned per contract.  For more detailed information please click here for the Beach Guidance 5/20/20.  Please, as always practice social distancing, and remember to respect all regulatory signs at each locationDogs may not be allowed at some beaches due to Piping Plover season.  For locations of beaches in Town: Please click Beach Location and Information Map.

***Beach locations will have LIMITED trash receptacles.  Please continue if possible to Carry In Carry Out***


Q: Is the Transfer Station open?  (Updated May 20th)
A: Yes.  Effective May 20th the Transfer Station will be accepting all Solid Waste, Recycling and Fee Based Items.  If you have any further questions please call the Public Works Department at (508) 760-6220.

Hours Are:

Monday & Tuesday - 8AM – 4PM  
Wednesday 7AM – 4PM
Thursday - Saturday 8AM – 4PM
Sunday 8AM – 5PM
CLOSED: All legal holidays including Easter and the day after Thanksgiving.


Q: What will happen to Transfer Station stickers about to expire?  (Updated May 20th)
A: Current Transfer Station stickers will be in effect until June 15th, 2020.  Please click here for more information on Sticker Purchases.  If you have any sticker questions you can call Sticker Sales at (508) 760-6106.​  If you have any Transfer Station questions please call the Public Works Department at (508) 760-6220.

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Q: My dog needs a vaccination. Will there be a Rabies Clinic? (Updated May 18th)
A: No.  Unfortunately, our re-scheduled Town of Dennis Rabies Clinic; which would have been held Saturday, May 30th, will be cancelled.  We will not be re-scheduling for this year and will most likely be back on track the beginning of April 2021.  If you have any questions please call the Town Clerk's Office at (508) 760-6112.

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Q: Have Real Estate and Personal Property tax due dates been extended?
A: Yes.  On April 13, 2020 the Selectboard voted to extend the due date to no later than June 1, 2020.  This included Clause: 37-blind, 41C-Elderly, 42-Surviving Spouse-Police, 43-Surviving Spouse-Fire, Veteran’s 22, 22A, 22B, 22E, 22D and 22F.  If you have any questions about the vote please call the Administration Office at (508) 760-6148.  If you have questions about amounts due please call the Treasurer/Collector Office at (508) 760-6131.

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Q: Do I need to where a face mask at Town recreational areas?
A: On May 1, 2020 Governor Baker issued an order effective May 6, 2020 requiring any person over the age of 2 to wear a face covering in a place that is open to the public, whether indoor or outdoor, where they are unable to or does not maintain a distance of approximately six feet from every other person shall cover their mouth and nose with a mask or face covering.

The Dennis Board of Health is advocating for the use of Face Coverings and/or Cloth Masks by all residents and visitors in the Town of Dennis:  Please click here for CDC's Instructions on how to make and care for a cloth mask.

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Q: Is the Town allowing short term summer rentals this year?  (Updated May 14th)
A: No.  At this time per the Governors order, no short term rentals will be allowed. Further guidance on this subject from the Governor will be forthcoming, but still with restrictions.  If you have further questions please contact the Health Department at (508) 760-6158.  

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Q: Am I still allowed to travel to the Town of Dennis?
A: Yes.  But all travelers arriving to Massachusetts are instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days. Visitors are instructed not to travel to Massachusetts if they are displaying symptoms. Health care workers, public health workers, public safety workers, transportation workers and designated essential workers are exempt from this requirement.  If you have further questions please contact the Health Department at (508) 760-6158.  

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Q: Are the Dennis Golf Courses open?  (Updated May 11th)
​​​A: Yes.  The Dennis Board of Selectmen has voted to open Dennis Pines and Dennis Highlands Golf Course per Massachusetts Guidelines.  The tee sheet will be open to Members Only up until day of play, at which time any open and available tee time may be taken by an outside guest, so long as guest calls the Pro Shop to schedule a tee time and pay for tee time over the phone.  Please click here for the Massachusetts Golf Guidelines.  If you have further questions please contact the Golf Department at (508) 385-8347.    

The Clubhouse, Driving Range, Practice Greens remain closed.

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Q: Are Golf Memberships still available for the 2020 season?
​​​A: Yes.  Due to the Pines and Highlands Golf Course Clubhouses being closed please visit the Dennis Golf Website Membership page, download the applicable 2020 Membership Application and follow all instructions inside the application, and mail these completed applications with payment to "Dennis Golf, 825 Old Bass River Rd, Dennis, MA 02368."

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Q: Are slip and mooring holders still able to launch their boats come May 1st?  (Updated May 18th)
A: Yes.  At this point all permitted slip and mooring holders are on schedule to be able to launch to their assigned locations.  Please make sure to practice social distancing at all times as mandated by Governor Baker.  Please be sure to follow the NEW Massachusetts Boating Guidelines as released May 18th.  If you have any further questions please call the Harbor Department at (508) 760-6159.

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Q: Are there any restrictions or guidelines coming out for the upcoming 2020 boating season?  (Updated 18th)
A: Yes.  The State of Massachusetts has released NEW guidelines on May 18, 2020:  Please click here for the Massachusetts Boating Guidelines for the upcoming season.  Please be sure to practice social distancing at all times as mandated by Governor Baker.  If you have any further questions please call the Harbor Department at (508) 760-6159.

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Q: I own a recreational boating service.  Am I still able to open?  (Updated May 18th)
A: Yes.  The State of Massachusetts has released NEW guidelines on May 18, 2020.  For hire boating will be permitted with restrictions per the governor’s order. This includes: Charter and head boat fishing; Sailboat rentals and lessons; Canoe, kayak, and stand-up paddleboard rentals; White water rafting and river tubing rentals; Whale watches and other pleasure cruises; Any other operation or use of a vessel that is not registered to the passenger:  Please click here for the Massachusetts Boating Guidelines.  If you have any further questions please call the Harbor Department at (508) 760-6159.

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Q: Are recreation areas open?
A:  Only walking trails at Johnny Kelley Park*** are open. Otherwise, all other Town owned playgrounds, basketball, pickleball and tennis courts are closed for play.  If you have any further questions you can call the Recreation Department at (508) 760-6162.

***Johnny Kelley Park will have LIMITED trash receptacles.  Please continue if possible to Carry In Carry Out***

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Q: Are Town Conservation Land Trail properties open?
A: Yes.  At this point they are open while practicing social distancing:  Please click here for Land Trail Maps.  If you have any further questions you can call the Natural Resources Department at (508) 760-6123.

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Q: Am I still able to shellfish at designated locations in Dennis?  What if I wish to purchase a 2020 shellfish license can I still buy one?
A: You are still able to shellfish if you are a current season shellfish license holder.  Please remember to respect all posted signage, and to be sure to practice social distancing as mandated by Governor Baker.  Unfortunately, we are not currently selling shellfish licenses due to the Town Hall closure.  Please respect all shellfish locations and do not shellfish unless you are a current license holder.  If you have any further questions you can call the Natural Resources Department at (508) 760-6123.

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Q: Are Town Hall and DPW buildings open?
A: No. Town Hall and DPW buildings are currently closed to the public but remain open to limited staff conducting essential services.

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Q: Are the Fire Stations open to the public?
A: No.  The Dennis Fire Department buildings are closed to the public.  If you are in need of emergency service please dial 911.  If you have any general questions you can call the Fire Department Main Headquarters at (508) 398-0363.

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Q: Is the Police Department open to the public?
A: Yes.  But they have asked that citizens avoid coming into the Police Department lobby for non-emergencies.  If you are in need of emergency service please dial 911.  If you have any general questions you can call the Police Station at (508) 394-1315. 

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Q: Is the Town Water District Offices open?
A: No.  Water District offices are closed to the public at this time, but staff is still available to calls and internet communications:  Please click here for more information about the Water District at this time.

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Q: Is the Council on Aging (COA) building open to the public?  What if I'm in need of services?
A: The COA building is closed, but COA staff is still providing essential services to meet the needs of vulnerable residents like Meals-on-Wheels and social support all while abiding by social distancing requirements.  If you have any questions or concerns please call at (508) 385-5067.  The main phone lines are open to calls from 8:30AM to 4:30PM.

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Q: Are the Dennis Libraries still open?  Also, what do I do if I have a checked item that is due back?
A: The libraries are currently closed to the public at this time, but please be sure to take advantage of the CLAMS network where we have digital options available such as e-books, audio books, and even home workout/wellness videos.  Also, Check out the websites of all the Dennis Libraries for more information and updates. If you need help, Library staff are available remotely Monday - Friday by either emailing den_mail@clamsnet.org or calling 508-760-6219 and leaving a message, including your return phone number.

If you have a checked out library item please keep it until the libraries open again.

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Q: Are Town Committees and Town Boards still meeting?
A: All non-regulatory board and committee meetings are cancelled until further notice.  Regulatory boards and commissions will still meet adhering to social distancing rules as mandated by Governor Baker.  Meetings are limited to ten (10) in the meeting space and open meeting law has allowed for remote participation.  For more information on this please click here for Open Meeting Law Update.  Please click here for our Town Calendar for scheduled meetings. 

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Q: Can I still get a building permit or schedule an inspection?
A: Yes.  But new guidelines have been adopted to help with keeping social distancing practices: Please click here for Building Department Guidelines...Please click here to Schedule an Inspection.  If you have any further questions you can call the Building Department at (508) 760-6157.

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Q: Can I still file an application with the Historic Districts?
A: Yes.  But new guidelines have been adopted to help with keeping social distancing practices: Please click here for Historic Department Guidelines.  If you have any further questions you can call the Historic District Department at (508) 760-6127.

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Q: Can I schedule inspections with the Health Department?
A: As of 4/01/2020 No Health Department staff will witness soil tests: Please click here for Advisory Letter for Installers and Engineers from the Health Director with new temporary guidelines.  All other close-quarter inspections will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.  If you have further questions please contact the Health Department at (508) 760-6158. 

At this time the Department will not be conducting new Rental Inspections.  

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Q: Can I still file a new permit with the Health Department?
A: Yes.  But all new complete applications will be accepted by mail or drop box.  Please attach corresponding payment with the application.  Once approved the permit will be mailed to the applicant.  Any incomplete application will be returned in the mail.  If you have further questions please contact the Health Department at (508) 760-6158.

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Q: Can I still make burial arrangements or purchase burial plots at Town Cemeteries?
A: Yes.  Burials are still happening and the Town Cemetery Coordinator is available for you if you have any questions.  Funerals are currently limited to ten (10) people including the funeral home staff as mandated by Governor Baker with social distancing.  If you have any questions about funerals or looking to purchase a cemetery plot: Please click here for the Town Cemetery Division.

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Q: Can I still apply for a Marriage License and if so how?
A: Yes.  Please call the Town Clerk’s Office at (508) 760-6112, since we will have a few questions to ask before setting up the process.

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Q: Can I still get a License for my dog?
A: Yes.  Licensing is still available but due to Town Hall being closed please either click this link to download and mail in the form: 2020 Dog License Mail In with attached payment, or you can License online by clicking this link:  Town Clerk Online Transactions and follow all instructions.  If you have any questions please call the Town Clerk’s Office at (508) 760-6112.

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Q: Can I still obtain a Birth, Death or Marriage Certificate and if so how?
A: Yes.  All of these certificates are still available but due to Town Hall being closed please either click this link to download and mail in the form: Vital Records Request Mail In with attached payment, or you can License online by clicking this link:  Town Clerk Online Transactions and follow all instructions.  If you have any questions please call the Town Clerk’s Office at (508) 760-6112.

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Q: Can I still return my Annual Street Listing/Annual Town Census form?
A: Yes.  Completed Street List/Annual Town Census forms can be mailed back to the Town Clerk to 685 Route 134 South Dennis MA 02660, or you can place the completed form into the Town Hall document brown drop-box by the Beach Department entrance.  If you have any questions please call the Town Clerk’s Office at (508) 760-6112.

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Q: Can I still renew my Business License?
A: Yes.  Business Licenses renewals are still accepted, but due to Town Hall being closed please fill out your renewal and either mail to Town Clerk at 685 Route 134 South Dennis, MA 02660, or place the completed form into the Town Hall document brown drop-box by the Beach Department entrance.  You can also renew your Business License online by clicking this link:  Town Clerk Online Transactions and follow all instructions.  If you have any questions please call the Town Clerk’s Office at (508) 760-6112.

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Q: Will there still be Town Meeting this May?
A: Due to the current COVID pandemic and Declaration of State of Emergency, under M.G.L. c.39, s.9 the Town of Dennis Select Board voted unanimously to delay the Dennis Town Meeting from May 5, 2020 to June 23, 2020.  If you have any questions please call the Administration Office at (508) 760-6148.

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Q: Will there still be an Annual Town Election on May 12, 2020?
A: Due to the current COVID pandemic, and the new law signed by Governor Baker, Chapter 45 of the Acts of 2020, the Town of Dennis Select Board voted unanimously to postpone the Annual Town Election from May 12, 2020 to June 30, 2020.  If you have any questions please call the Town Clerk’s Office at (508) 760-6112.

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Q: Can I still Register to vote?
A: Yes.   Due to Town Hall being closed you can register to vote online at:  MA State Voter Registration.  If you have any questions please call the Town Clerk’s Office at (508) 760-6112.

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Q: Can I still Absentee or Early Vote?
A: Yes.  Ballots have arrived in the Town of Dennis for the upcoming Annual Town Election.  Due to recent social distance mandates and concerns of reducing the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we are encouraging registered voters to take advantage of the option to “vote by mail”:  Please click here for the details associated with Early and Absentee Voting Instructions.  Thank you for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time.  If you have any further questions concerning this topic please call the Town Clerk's Office at (508) 760-6112.

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Q: I’m waiting to receive my postcard for the Federal Census 2020, but nothing has come?
A: If you have a P.O. Box, you will not receive a postcard in the mail.  Door-to-Door is being delayed. However, you may receive a package on your doorstep with instructions.  You may also fill out your form On-Line without waiting for an ID# at  https://my2020census.gov/ or you may respond by phone at (844)-330-2020.

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Q: Can I still submit a Public Records Request?
A: Yes.  You can still submit a public request, but due to Town Hall closure extended to at least May 4, 2020, along with all non-essential employees ordered to work from home, the Town will not be able to fulfill requests at this time.  Please know that as soon as Town Hall is open for business, we will begin work on all requests and make every effort to fulfill them as expeditiously as possible.  Thank you for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time.  If you have any further questions concerning this topic please call the Town Clerk's Office at (508) 760-6112. 

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Q: Do I still have access to the 2019 Town Report?
A: Yes.  Given the current circumstances the Town is unable to print hard copies of the report.  For now the report is available as a PDF online through our Town web site:  Please click here for the 2019 Annual Town of Dennis Report.  As soon as Governor Baker lifts the ban on non-essential work the Town will precede to print hard copies.  Also, as soon as they are reasonably able to, the Select Board will hold a ceremonial dedication of the Annual Town Report.  If you have any questions please call the Administration Office at (508) 760-6148. 

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Q: Am I still able to shop at grocery stores in Dennis?  I just heard there was a new State Guidance specific to Grocery Stores?
A: Yes.  But on April 7, 2020 larger grocery stores are held to a 40 percent maximum permitted occupancy level as to what is on record with the the Town's Building Department, and any stores with a maximum occupancy of 25 persons or less are exempt from this requirement: Please click here to the to see the Official Public Health Order.  If you have any questions please call the Health Department at (508) 760-6158.

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Q: I have a loved one in a nursing home.  Where can I get nursing home information, and are the residents getting tested?
A: If you have any questions or concerns of a loved one in residence at a nursing home or long term care facility the State is urging you to call  the Nursing Home Resource Line at (617) 660-5399.  It is staffed from 9AM - 5PM, seven days a week.   Nursing home and long term care facility COVID-19 testing has begun across the State with the Nursing Home Mobile Testing Program.  This program is a partnership between the Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Massachusetts National Guard with testing being conducted by the BROAD Institute:  Please click here to see information associated with the Baker-Polito Expanded Support for Long-Term Facilities.

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Q: What if I don't have a primary doctor?
A: If you don't have a primary care physician please call (508) 862-5595 to be screened with a Cape Cod Healthcare clinical provider via phone.  If testing is required, the clinical provider will submit an electronic order for testing to the facility at Cape Cod Community College. Cape Cod Healthcare will then call with an appointment time for drive through testing.  The call center is open Mon-Sat 9:00AM - 5:00PM.

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General Quick Information From MEMA

How Can You Help

  • Social Distancing as always.
  • Volunteer opportunities for health professionals: Please click here. 
  • Donate PPE or sell personal protective equipment: Please click here.
  • Volunteer for the new Community Tracing Collaborative by visiting the PIH Ma-Response page Or DIRECT link to recruiter web.
  • Health care facilities can learn more about requesting personal protective equipment here.
  • Blood shortage if interested in donating those who are healthy, feeling well and eligible to give blood or platelets, are urged to make an appointment to donate as soon as possible by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1- 800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).  

Stay Informed

  • Emergency Childcare services quick FAQs: Please click here For Parents; Please click here For Child Care Providers.  There is also an interactive map if you are an essential emergency staff trying to find the closest approved program click here for the EEC Emergency Child Care Map.
  • Get information from trusted sources. Visit https://www.mass.gov/covid19 for the latest news, case counts, and lab testing results. Call 2-1-1 with questions. Text the keyword COVIDMA to 888-777 to receive notifications to your phone. 
  • Take care of your emotional health and help others do the same. If you need emotional support during these stressful times:
    • Call 2-1-1 and choose the “CALL2TALK” option. 
    • Samaritans is continuing operations 24/7, as always. During this unprecedented time, it can feel overwhelming to receive constant messages about COVID-19. Call or text their 24/7 helpline any time at 877-870-4673. 
    • The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster, including disease outbreaks like COVID-19. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories.

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