The Provincetown Health Department launched a second set of surveys to assess the needs of town businesses and the greater community as the fall shoulder season approaches. These new surveys have the same target audiences and goals as the surveys completed in May 2020, which will focus on the economic and mental health impact of COVID-19 on the greater Provincetown community as well as provide feedback on how people would like to see the next few months unfold. The survey will remain open for one week, closing at the end of the day on August 26th.
Statement from Morgan Clark, Provincetown Health Director and Steve Katsurinis, Board of Health Chair, Regarding COVID-19 Reporting and Safety Procedures
Provincetown Starts Wastewater Testing Program for COVID-19
Board of Health Letter to State Secretary Sudders on concerns regarding delayed results from COVID-19 testing.
June 1, 2020 Joint Board of Health/ Select Board JOINT EMERGENCY RULE AND ORDER IMPOSING CERTAIN MEASURES TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COVID -19 WITHIN THE TOWN Last amended July 13, 2020
Effective Immediately: The hours of alcohol sales allowed at businesses with pouring licenses shall be between 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. Monday – Saturday and 10:00 am – 11:00 pm on Sunday.
Upon implementing new COVID-19 Workplace Safety Standards and completing a self-attestation checklist, phased sectors are permitted to reopen under the following protocols: Sector-Specific Protocols and Best Practices
The Baker-Polito Administration announced that on July 6, Phase III of the Commonwealth’s reopening plan will begin and updates on gatherings will be in effect. Due to the recent increase in positive cases, step two of phase III of the Commonwealth’s reopening plan has been postponed indefinitely.
Four Phased Approach Website Page Data Dashboard Guidance for Businesses on the Reopening Plan
Reopening Plan Template Compliance Attestation Poster Employer Poster Worker Poster Additional Signage Resources
UPDATED GATHERINGS ORDER EFfective Tuesday, August 11, 2020. Public safety officials, including state and local law enforcement, have the jurisdiction to enforce these orders and event hosts in violation of these orders will be subject to fines or cease and desist orders. To read the gatherings order, click here.
- 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.
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. The administration will be taking measures to ensure that bars masquerading as restaurants will be closed. To read the updated restaurant protocols, click here.
Occupancy Summary Quick Guide lists the different occupancy restrictions for Restaurant, Performance Venue, and Indoor/Outdoor Events. Updated for the revised Gathering Order.
Summary for Barriers and Face Coverings lists the implementation of plexiglass barriers, and how it affects whether or not face coverings can be removed.
Complaints against businesses not following the Governor’s Workplace Safety Standards should be directed towards firstname.lastname@example.org or by leaving a message at 508-487-7000 x 555.
Provincetown’s Mask OrderProvincetown Select Board voted on July 13, 2020 to amend the Provincetown Mask Order as follows: Individuals are required to wear a mask or other cloth face covering over the nose and mouth 24 hours a day, 7 days a week when along the public way on Commercial Street from Bangs Street to Franklin Street and including the public ways within the Town’s Commercial Center Zoning District. The Eastside Commercial Fishing Docks of McMillian pier would be excluded. This order does not apply to children under the age of 2 or any person who is unable to wear a mask or face covering due to a medical condition or is otherwise exempted by the Department of Public Health guidance. Persons not able to wear a mask due to a medical condition are not required to produce documentation of the condition. This Order is intended to supplement the requirements of the Governor’s mask order, which continues to remain in place, which requires everyone to wear a mask when they are unable to maintain a social distance of 6 feet from every other person. Governor’s Face Covering Order CDC Guidance on proper use of face coverings and how to make your own. Sample Business Sign COVID-19 Face Covering Decision Guide
If you have not already signed up for the Alert System, please do so at https://alerts.provincetown-ma.gov. For information on Town Government operations call the Town Business Hotline at 508-413-9600 or the Department directly.
MASSACHUSETTS TRAVEL ORDER Effective August 1st, all travelers entering Massachusetts—both out of state residents and Massachusetts residents returning home—must comply with a new travel order. This includes students returning to campuses for the fall semester. COVID-19 Travel Order
The new travel order requires all visitors and returning residents to fill out a “Massachusetts Traveler Form” unless they are coming from a state that has been designated a lower risk COVID-19 state or fall into an exemption category. The new travel order also provides that visitors and returning residents arriving in Massachusetts from any place other than a COVID-19 lower-risk state must quarantine for 14-days unless they can produce a negative COVID-19 test result administered on a sample taken not more than 72-hours prior to arriving in Massachusetts. More details on this order will be posted and available at www.mass.gov/matraveler
On May 18th, the Provincetown Select Board heard the Community Survey Preliminary Results, the Public Health Workgroup Draft Report, and Tourism and General Business Survey. Please click on the links below to see each (in PDF):
COVID-19 Community Survey Presentation Tourism and General Business Survey
Recovery Coalition Stakeholder Members
Town Manager’s Introduction to the Recovery Coalition
March 26, 2020 COVID-19 Call-In Session Questions and Answers
April 1, 2020 COVID-19 Call-In Session Questions and Answers
April 15, 2020 COVID-19 Call-In Session Questions and Answers
April 29, 2020 COVID-19 Call-In Session Questions and Answers
May 20, 2020 COVID-19 Call-In Session Questions and Answers
April 13, 2020 - Helpful State Links:
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
Unemployment & COVID-19
Dept. Of Transitional Assistance Online Portal
Emergency Childcare Site
COVID-19 Cost Eligibility and Tracking Guidance
Complete List of Emergency Orders & Guidance
Stop the Spread of Germs
Social distancing: for youth for general audience
Coping with stress or fear
What to do if you are sick
10 tips for at-home quarantine or self-monitoring
To help manage the spread of the Coronavirus, and as a precautionary measure, the Town of Provincetown has closed all Town buildings to public traffic, with the exception of the Police Department. Staff will continue to work regular business hours and are available by phone and email. If you need to drop off anything for a department, please use the drop boxes located outside Town buildings. We will continue to hold necessary public board and regulatory committee meetings and hearings virtually, please check the posted agenda for information on how to participate.
The Town of Provincetown takes the health of its community very seriously. Please click on the buttons below for more information.