Beach and Off-Road Vehicle Guidance 5/20/20

Beach and Off-Road Vehicle Guidance

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.

The Board also voted to close Crowe’s Pasture Off Road Vehicle (ORV) Operations to recreational vehicles on Friday May 22nd. Commercial Shellfish access remains and Shellfish grant holders will continue to have access during this time. On Monday, June 1st Crowe’s Pasture Off Road Vehicle (ORV) Operations will reopen for recreational vehicle access.  At that time access will be limited to low tide access (flats) ONLY in a defined parking area. The hours of operation will be limited to 8am to 5pm seven days per week. The low tide window is 4 hours. If the window is less than 2 hours the flats will remain closed that day.  The Upland Parking area will be restricted.  Moving forward there is a Mid-June target (Phase 2) to reopen Beach Parking at a limited capacity, open Upland parking at full capacity and extend the hours of operation. Please subscribe to ORV News and announcements on the Town website to receive updates regarding beach operations.

The Department of Public Health Orders and Guidelines requires all beach visitors to comply with COVID-19 Order 31: Order Requiring Face Coverings in Public Places Where Social Distancing is Not Possible. The order requires any person over the age of 2, whether indoors or outdoors, to wear a face covering or mask when they cannot maintain 6 feet of distance between themselves and others, unless they have a medical condition preventing them from doing so (see further guidance here: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-state-of-emergency). Masks are not required to be worn while swimming. No groups larger than 10 are allowed to gather. https://www.mass.gov/doc/march-31-2020-assemblage-guidance/download

The following are safety and re-opening standards for the management and use of coastal and inland beaches in the Commonwealth for Phase 1 of the Commonwealth's Reopening:

  • Beach visitors are required to maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet or more at all times and visitors should maintain at least 12 ft minimum distance between toweling/beach blanket areas.
  • Organized ball games should not be allowed activity including, but not limited to, volleyball, Kan Jam, spikeball, football, soccer, Kadima, and bocce.
  • Beach visitors shall abide by social distancing standards for bathroom lines and follow any established visual guidelines for maintaining a 6' distance in all restroom facilities.

The full guidance document can be viewed at https://www.mass.gov/info-details/executive-office-of-energy-and-environmental-affairs-eea-covid-19-guidance-documents

The current Beach Regulations remain effective, including:

  • No alcoholic beverages will be permitted on the beaches or in the parking areas at ANYTIME.
  • No smoking will be permitted on the beaches or in the beach parking areas at ANYTIME.
  • No littering will be permitted on the beaches or in the parking areas at ANYTIME. No glass containers or bottles shall be allowed on the beach or in the parking areas at any time.
  • No animals or pets will be permitted on the beaches, in the parking areas, or in unattended vehicles in the parking areas AT ANYTIME from the Friday of Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

We are asking beach visitors are asked to comply with all guidelines or stricter measures will have to be taken