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

CITY OF GLOUCESTER MASK MANDATE – JANUARY 10, 2022

Please Note: In Compliance with the City of Gloucester’s Board of Health COVID-19 Emergency Regulation, beginning January 10, 2022, masks covering the nose and face are required in all public spaces including retail businesses with a retail food service permit and public-facing staff providing on-site food services. This regulation includes all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, age 10-years and above. Your compliance ensures the health & well-being of all who visit Gloucester and Cape Ann. Read the full announcement HERE.

MASSACHUSETTS CURRENT STATE

Effective May 29, 2021, Massachusetts is fully reopened lifting all remaining COVID-19 restrictions. Mask requirements remain in place in certain spaces. On December 21, 2021, a Mask Advisory was issued by the Department of Health in response to the spread of the Delta variant and the emerging Omicron variant, the Department of Public Health now advises that all residents, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask or face covering when indoors (and not in your own home). Read the Mask Advisory HERE.

Masks are still mandatory for all individuals on public and private transportation systems (including rideshares, livery, taxi, ferries, MBTA, Commuter Rail and transportation stations), in healthcare facilities and in other settings hosting vulnerable populations, such as congregate care settings.

OUT-OF-STATE TRAVEL INFORMATION
Fully vaccinated visitors to Massachusetts can resume pre-pandemic activities. Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. Learn more here.

MASSACHUSETTS’ RESIDENT VACCINE ELIGIBILITY AND INFORMATION

Massachusetts offers vaccinations at retail locations, pharmacies, mass vaccination, and regional collaboratives. People 12 years of age or older, can walk-in or make an appointment. Find a vaccine location here.

THE STATE’S COVID PLANS VIEW FULL DETAILS HERE.

With the reopening of Massachusetts, 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 travel 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, it’s important to do so safely.

    • – While masks are not required by the state, some businesses may have their own mask requirements. As a result, it is recommended to continue to bring your mask to Gloucester. If you have not been vaccinated, please wear a mask.
    • – Some businesses are opting to keep capacity limits for some time. Please be aware that it may be recommended to make advance reservations or timed tickets for dining, events, other activities or experiences, or even a waiting period until capacity is available inside local establishments.

We encourage you to go directly to the business website for hours of operation details.

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 with us!

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
Jalapenos Outdoor Dining Discover Gloucester
Jalapenos Outdoor Dining Discover Gloucester

Restaurants & Dining Establishments

Dining establishments are open with limited indoor and outdoor 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. View our DINE page to browse more dining options.

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Beth Williams Studio

Shops and Services

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 to view local retailers and galleries.

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Beth Williams Studio
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 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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Good Harbor Beach Gloucester MA
Good Harbor Beach Gloucester MA

Beaches

Gloucester’s award-winning beaches are a favorite destination for visitors. Before visiting our beautiful beaches, please familiarize yourself with the City’s rules, regulations, parking, and amenities as it varies by beach. Stay in the know with Gloucester Beaches Facebook page.

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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).

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

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.

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!