City of Gloucester Shares Phase 1 Plan for Reopening Public Beaches

City of Gloucester Shares Phase 1 Plan for Reopening Public Beaches

GLOUCESTER — Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken, Director of Public Works Michael Hale and Public Health Director Karin Carroll announce the City of Gloucester’s phase 1 reopening plan for welcoming the public back to the City’s beaches and Stage Fort Park as the warm weather arrives.

“I am proud that our city’s leadership team has developed a plan that incorporates responsible procedures and guidance that will allow people to safely enjoy our beautiful beaches this summer,” Mayor Romeo Theken said. “We ask that everyone adheres to the rules in place to keep people safe and healthy so that our beaches can hopefully remain open, even at a health-conscious reduced capacity, until further notice.”

The City of Gloucester has aligned its reopening plan for City beaches and Stage Fort Park with the state’s safety and reopening standards during Phase 1 for coastal and inland beaches throughout Massachusetts. To read the state’s guidelines, click here.

All of Gloucester’s beaches and Stage Fort Park will be open on Friday, May 22 — Memorial Day Weekend. This phase is anticipated to end June 8, but could be extended or amended. Each reopening phase will be evaluated frequently and changes may occur mid-phase, such as strengthening or loosening restrictions. See below for guidance regarding limited access to specific areas.

Gloucester Phase One Beach & Stage Fort Park Access

  • Good Harbor Beach will be open to city residents ONLY, at a reduced capacity. Parking will be open to residents only with a 2019/2020 beach parking sticker or valid motor vehicle registration and license with a Gloucester address for entry. Residents must follow the lot attendant’s instructions on where to park.
  • Wingaersheek Beach will open to residents and a limited number of non-residents, on a first come, first serve basis each day. Residents will be required to have a 2019/2020 beach parking sticker or valid motor vehicle registration and license with a Gloucester address for entry. Non-residents will be required to pay daily parking rates. Cash only, exact change preferred. All visitors must follow the lot attendant’s instructions on where to park. To view parking rates, click here
  • Stage Fort Park will open to the public. This includes Half Moon Beach. Residents will be required to have a 2019/2020 beach parking sticker or valid motor vehicle registration and license with a Gloucester address for entry. Non-residents will be required to pay daily parking rates. Cash only, exact change preferred.To view parking rates, click here.
  • Niles Beach is a residential beach and will remain open to residents only. Parking along Niles Beach is available for residents only with a 2019/2020 beach parking sticker. No parking will be available on Farrington Avenue for beach access and this will be enforced by the Gloucester Police Department. 
  • Plum Cove Beach is a residential beach and will remain open to residents only. Parking will be available to residents only with a 2019/2020 beach parking sticker. 

Lifeguards will be on duty at Good Harbor and Wingaersheek beaches beginning on Friday, May 22, and at Half Moon beach on Saturday, May 23. Lifeguards will be on duty at other city beaches beginning June 20 (Father’s Day Weekend).

All beachgoers must adhere to the following guidance from City officials:

  • Face coverings, under state order, are required in all public spaces where social distancing, remaining a minimum of six feet from others, is not feasible. This rule does not extend to children under the age of two or those with specified medical conditions that disallow them from wearing a face covering. Masks and face coverings are not required when swimming.
  • Groups of more than 10 people are prohibited.
  • Visitors to Gloucester beaches are required to maintain social distancing. Everyone must maintain at least 12 feet of distance between toweling and blanket areas. 
  • Visitors must take with them all trash, recyclables and other items that they bring onto the beach.
  • Organized ball games are not permitted at this time, including volleyball, Kan Jam, spikeball, football, soccer, Kadima and bocce.
  • Walking access ways from parking lots to beaches may be designated as single file to enter and exit the beach. Moving traffic only will be permitted in these areas, no standing. 

Gloucester Beaches will operate as follows:

  • A minimum of six feet shall be maintained between lifeguards, lifeguard stands and the public unless there is an emergency.
  • At Good Harbor and Wingaersheek Beaches restrooms will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will also be four portable toilets as well. Stage Fort Park will have two portable toilets available at the Cupboard Restaurant and four near the Visitor’s Center. Bathroom facilities will be cleaned hourly and frequently will be deep-cleaned and disinfected.
  • Beach visitors shall follow social distancing when standing in bathroom lines and follow any established visual guidelines for maintaining a six foot distance in all restroom facilities. 
  • Lot attendants and lifeguards will wear face coverings and gloves. They will additionally be advised to frequently wash their hands for a minimum of 20 seconds. 

There will be no police enforcement on the beaches; it is not the responsibility of city staff, lifeguards or police to enforce social distancing or the wearing of masks and face coverings. However, if it becomes clear to City Officials that social distancing and other guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is not being followed, the City may close its beaches or further limit access. 

In other words, the City of Gloucester does not intend to go person-to-person ensuring that everyone is following public health guidelines, however if in the judgement of public health and safety officials, these guidelines are being wantonly ignored and public health is in danger, the beaches will be closed. 

Beach visitors are asked to review all signage before entering the beach to ensure rules and regulations will not be inadvertently violated.

“It’s the public’s responsibility to do continue to follow the guidance and restrictions that have been put in place for their wellbeing as well as the health and safety of others,” Carroll said. “We urge residents and visitors: maintain social distance. Wear a face covering when social distancing isn’t feasible. Please do the right thing, so that we can keep reducing the spread of this virus and move forward with reopening, safely.”

Beach parking stickers are available for residents/resident seniors only at this time. Applications will need to be downloaded from the City’s website here and mailed to the P.O. box listed at the top of the form for processing. Those with questions regarding sticker eligibility can email bsticker@gloucester-ma.gov or call 978-281-9708. Inquiries will be answered within two business days. Due to high volume of applications, processing may take up to two weeks. Residents can enter parking facilities using last years’ parking sticker or a current valid motor vehicle registration and license with a Gloucester address until this season’s sticker is available. 

Non-resident beach stickers will not be sold this year. Daily parking rates will apply for all non-residents. Temporary beach stickers/vouchers are unavailable. 

The City additionally reminds residents and visitors that the following activities and items are banned on public and residential beach property in Gloucester:

  • Smoking or vaping
  • Flotation devices
  • Surf boards
  • Tents or shelters with the exception of sun shades or umbrellas
  • Radios, portable stereos, so-called boom boxes, etc. 
  • Dogs
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Bottle and glass containers
  • Open fires of any type

Residents and visitors are also reminded that recent ordinances have been changed to protect wildlife, and it is forbidden to disturb, harass, harbor or feed seagulls, waterfowls or crows directly or indirectly at any beach or other public property. Additionally, there is an endangered/threatened wildlife buffer zone at Good Harbor Beach, and violations to that area are subject to a $300 fine.

Check Out Kate In Her Ad For @klerely360 Filmed At Good Harbor Beach

Updates on the Beaches and Stage Fort Park from Mayor’s Office

The City shares the following information on beaches / parking opening tomorrow Friday May 22. See this link for the entire message.  Enjoy your weekend, stay smart.

We have developed a plan that incorporates responsible procedures and guidance that will allow people to safely enjoy our beaches and Stage Fort Park. All beaches are open but as of tomorrow, Friday, May 22. This phase is anticipated to end June 8 but could be amended or extended.

Good Harbor Beach will be open to residents ONLY, at a reduced capacity. Wingaersheek Beach will be open to residents and a limited number of non-residents, at a reduced capacity. Stage Fort Park will be open to the public.

Parking at Good Harbor, Wingaersheek, and Stage Fort Park will be open to residents with a 2019 or 2020 beach parking sticker or license & motor vehicle registration showing a Gloucester address for entry. Non-residents will be required to pay daily parking rates at Wingaersheek and Stage Fort Park. Cash only and exact change is preferred.

Parking at Niles and Plum Cove Beaches will be for residents only with a 2019 or 2020 beach parking sticker. No parking will be available on Farrington Avenue for beach access and this will be enforced by the Gloucester Police Department.

All beach visitors are required to set up at least 12 feet apart from other groups on their towels, limit groups to no more than 10 people; wear face coverings or masks except when swimming, and carry in, carry out trash.

Additional information regarding beach stickers:

Those with questions regarding sticker eligibility can email bsticker@gloucester-ma.gov or call 978-281-9708. Inquiries will be answered within two business days. Due to high volume of applications, processing may take up to two weeks. Residents can enter parking facilities using last years’ parking sticker or a current valid motor vehicle registration and license with a Gloucester address until this season’s sticker is available. 

Cape Ann Veterans Services & 1623 Studios will air a special program Monday, May 25 at 11am to honor those who have served & continue to serve our country.

Since the Memorial Day Observance at Gloucester High is canceled, Cape Ann Veterans Services & 1623 Studios will air a special program on Channel 12 (Comcast) & their Facebook pages on Monday, May 25 at 11am to honor those who have served & continue to serve our country.

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Cape Ann Museum launches “Virtual Vault” lecture series and more stay-at-home activities during temporary closure

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Virtual programming from the Museum’s exhibition lectures, educational programs, and archives offers at-home opportunities during closing for COVID-19

Cape Ann Museum Video Vault

GLOUCESTER, MASS. (May 20, 2020)Although the Cape Ann Museum is closed temporarily during the pandemic to protect staff and visitors, there are many rich opportunities to experience the Museum virtually with a new initiative called CAM Video Vault, which features 60 lectures, programs, and archival material dating back to 1992.

The wide range of offerings include exhibition and program lectures by curators, artists, community leaders, educators, and others. Featuring discussions about past museum exhibitions, well-known artists with Cape Ann roots, natural environments and habitats around Cape Ann, as well as the region’s maritime history all 60 programs are accessible via the Museum’s website.

To help at-home educators and parents looking for a variety of online resources for their children, the Museum is also adding educational content from its robust…

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Chris McCarthy’s New Grill Setup

Beauport Boutique Is Now Available Online!

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For graduation gifts, home decor, summer beach attire and more – Beauport Boutique Gift Shop items are now available for online purchase. While we plan the reopening of Beauport Hotel, 1606 Restaurant and more (updates soon!) enjoy Beauport gift shopping in your own home, with our offering of signature home decor, apparel and accessories. A few featured items include our custom White Tea scent candles, sailcloth beach bags, Colby Davis of Boston jewelry, and of course, Beauport Hospitality Gift Cards – to gift for a future stay!
View current online collection, and stay tuned for more added items. Enjoy Beauport Style home decor or apparel, for you or a loved one – and stay posted on our hotel website for reopening news coming soon!

BHG Restaurants Now Offering Takeout Service!

1606 Restaurant and Bar, Seaport Grille and Rail Stop Restaurant and Bar are now offering takeout! View their…

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Flags Flying Proud on the Boulevard

The flags have been installed on the Boulevard once again and they are beautifully inspiring. Thank you to all for the time, energy and funds to display these symbols of freedom and patriotism to thank our veterans: the DPW, Mayor Sefatia, Pauline Bresnahan to name a few. The holiday weekend is now official.

Wined, Beer’d and now “Tito’d

Huge movement going around town with different Facebook groups starting up to randomly drop off wine gift baskets or beer at people’s houses as acts of kindness during the pandemic.

Well my beautiful bride asked this question a couple of nights ago:

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and wouldn’t you know Jimmy and Pat Dalpiaz came through:

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Very sweet

BEER ME BRO!(or sis) Gloucester/Rockport

Mmmm…Minglewood

We ordered some curbside pick-up from Minglewood Harborside over the weekend and everything was really delicious.  We got a firecracker roll, some spicy tuna, and avocado/tuna maki rolls as well as some dumplings, truffle fries, and brussels sprouts.

While we wish we were sitting on their deck or listening to music at their new bar, we were happy to be able to enjoy their convenient and yummy food to go.

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Busy Beautiful Harbor

Throughout these last weeks in isolation, I have been keeping a journal. I knew right away that nothing was ever going to be the same again for all of us and I wanted to document my reactions as well as general news. For each daily entry, I tried to include one thing that made me smile that day. Today, I share with you what made me smile yesterday.  Yesterday’s lovely busy day on the harbor made it almost feel normal again.

Garlics Role ~

Cape Ann Wellness

Oh how we love garlic and it’s importance as an medicinal herb. It is antibacterial, anti fungal and antiviral.

It is seen as a preventive measure for colds and flu and will offer natural support to the immune system. Through the lens of Ayurveda, garlic kindles agni (digestive fires), destroys natural toxins, supports the lungs and clears excess kapha. (Spring is Kapha season)

Share in the comments below how you use garlic in your diet.

“Blockage is disease/Flow is health”😀

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