Know Before You Go

Your “Go-To” Guide with helpful information to prepare for your visit to Gloucester

Know Before You Go

Your “Go-To” Guide with helpful information to prepare for your visit to Gloucester

THE STATE’S CURRENT COVID PLANS VIEW FULL DETAILS HERE.

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Travel in Massachusetts has been quite different and as we enter the New Year of 2021, being vigilant is still our mantra here in Gloucester and Cape Ann.

We are encouraged with the news of the soon-available vaccine, that we might realize a glimpse of the reassuring possibilities ahead!

Our goal remains steadfast to provide you with as much information as possible so that when it’s time for you to visit, you are aware of the best practices put into place for your protection and comfort.

Here are some helpful tips for planning ahead and a few common safety precautions to make your journey even more enjoyable. If you’re visiting or traveling in Massachusetts this winter, it’s important to do so safely. Bring a face covering to wear in public settings and stay fix feet apart from one another. Wash your hands often, bring some hand sanitizer as a convenient option. Make dining reservations in advance. Practice social distancing and stay home if you are sick.

Discover Gloucester invites you to our charming coastal city chock full of authentic experiences, delicious fresh seafood and warm hospitality.  Come STAY, DINE, SHOP AND PLAY BY THE RULES with us!

Here is your Go-to Guide Check List:

– Bring a face mask/covering to wear in public settings and even outdoors in some cases.
– Wash your hands often, bring some hand sanitizer as a convenient option.
– Practice social distancing by keeping six feet between you and anyone outside your travel group.
– Stay home if you are sick.

Good Harbor Beach Gloucester MA
Good Harbor Beach Gloucester MA

Beaches

Good Harbor and Wingaersheek beaches are currently available to non-residents on a limited capacity on a first-come, first-served basis. Niles and Plum Cove beaches are all Residents Only (until further notice).

Updated information provided each Wednesday on the Gloucester Beaches Facebook page.

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Jalapenos Outdoor Dining Discover Gloucester

Restaurants & Dining Establishments

Several dining establishments are now open with limited seating. In Gloucester, they include 1606 Restaurant & Bar, Seaport Grille, Mile Marker One, Minglewood Harborside, Jalapeno’s, Topside Grille, Oliver’s Harbor, Passports, Charlie’s, The Causeway, Mom’s Kitchen, The Azorean, Saltwater Café, Bishco, Café Sicilia’s, Woodman’s of Essex, Cala’s in Manchester. Click HERE for an updated list.

Please note that BARS are NOT open for business (upcoming in Phase 3/4). Patrons must sit at a dining table to enjoy a meal with their beverages.

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Jalapenos Outdoor Dining Discover Gloucester
Beth Williams Studio
BethWilliams-Blue Studio 7

Shops and Services

Several Retailers are open for your shopping pleasure. Open stores and businesses in and around Main Street in Downtown Gloucester include Design of Mine, Pop Gallery, Mark Adrian Shoes, Cape Ann Olive Oil, The Brass Monkey, Dogtown Book Store, Good Linens, Weathervane, Beth Williams Studio, Jane Deering Gallery and Turtle Alley Chocolates. Shops and galleries are open throughout Rocky Neck Artist Colony.

We encourage you to go directly to the business website for hours of operation details. Click HERE for an updated list.

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Where to Stay in Gloucester

Places to Stay

From waterfront hotels to a cozy inns, plan an overnight or extended stay in Gloucester.  Book at one of the many lodging establishments offering a variety of options and safe stay that best suit your travel and accommodation needs in and around Gloucester and Cape Ann: Beauport Hotel Gloucester, Cape Ann’s Marina Resort, Cape Ann Motor Inn, Blue Shutters Beachside Inn, Harborview Inn, Addison Choate, Rockport Inn & Suites, and Atlantic Vacation Homes.

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Where to Stay in Gloucester
Stage Fort Park Atlantic Vacation Homes
Stage Fort Park Atlantic Vacation Homes

Stage Fort Park (including Cressy’s and Half Moon Beaches)

Stage Fort Park is open to the public for enjoyment year-round. The Gloucester Visitor Welcoming Center is open from Memorial Day through Columbus Day. The Public Restrooms are available available at the Visitor Center from Memorial Day through to the end of September. Parking is limited with payment of a daily parking fee.

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Parks

Dogtown – Open to the public
Ravenswood, Mt Ann Park and Halibut Point State Park are currently open
to the public. Check out thetrustees.org for more information.
Halibut Point State Park – Open to the public

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Parking

Public lots are open on Rogers Street, St. Peter’s Square, Main Street and many cross streets including Pleasant, Middle, Prospect – Parking Meters are currently being enforced.

parking sign (4) with blue sky and clouds
Gataway Mavens Malerie Yolen-Cohen, Discover Gloucester

Public Restrooms

Public restrooms are available at these locations: Welcoming Center at Stage Fort Park, The Gloucester House (public restroom), Cape Ann Brewery

Gataway Mavens Malerie Yolen-Cohen, Discover Gloucester
Surgical/medical mask being held up in front of the sea, at the beach, by female adult caucasian hands, following obligation to wear a mask at the beach and in all the pubblic places Italy, pandemic, covid 19 prevention,
Surgical/medical mask being held up in front of the sea, at the beach, by female adult caucasian hands, following obligation to wear a mask at the beach and in all the pubblic places Italy, pandemic, covid 19 prevention,

Safety

Appropriate face coverings and 6-foot social distancing is required according to the State’s current COVID plan. Remember to maintain 12 feet distance between you and your closest neighbors on the beach any time of the year.

In the Summer 2020,  a group of young Gloucester residents (see photo above) created and launched the “Just Wear It. Masks Are for Everyone” poster campaign, translated in a several languages, to encourage the Gloucester community and all visitors to wear a mask according to the state mandate. As one of the creators stated in the Gloucester Daily Times, “It is not just about your own safety…It is about the safety of others.”

Please visit DiscoverGloucester.com, Gloucester-ma.gov, or Mass.gov for additional details.

Thank you for your continued support and we hope to see you soon! Be safe!