Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness in Gloucester – What Visitors Need to Know

March 31, 2020 / Good to Know, In The News

Updated March 31, 2020

Discover Gloucester shares everyone’s concern regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19). Our first priority is the health and safety of Gloucester’s visitors, residents and businesses. We are working with our partners in Gloucester and in the travel and tourism industry at large, to implement and communicate about best practices for keeping people healthy and not contributing to the spread of the virus. We will attempt to post updates regarding changes that will affect the visitor experience in Gloucester on a rolling basis. We anticipate event cancellations, postponements, programmatic adjustments, and policy changes based on recommendations from the medical and scientific community.

On March 31, 2020, the Baker-Polito Administration has extended the state’s stay-at-home advisory and executive order requiring all non-essential businesses to close through May 4th and announced several updates related to the non-essential business emergency order, including adjustments to the “COVID-19 Essential Services” categories.  The new order mandates that “all businesses and organizations that do not provide ‘COVID-19 Essential Services’ close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, customers and the public.”

Hotels are no longer included on the Governor’s list of essential services. According to the new directive, “hotels, motels, and short-term rentals may only be used for efforts related to fighting COVID-19, like front line health workers or individuals, or for Massachusetts residents who have been otherwise displaced from their residences.” For more information, please read the following document from the MA Department of Public Health, which offers further guidance.

Click here to read the full announcement from the Governor’s office.

Click here for the full list of categories of “COVID-19 Essential Services”.

Click here to read the Emergency Order.

Click here for the City of Gloucester’s updates.