Statement from the Beach Director - Updated May 15, 2020

Statement from the Beach Director
April 30, 2020 - Updated May 15, 2020

What will the Summer of 2020 look like at the beach?
On Tuesday, April 28, 2020 the Selectboard approved the recommendation of the Emergency Management Team to not sell day passes at Wellfleet’s White Crest Beach. This decision was made to reduce the density of people on the beach.

On Tuesday, May 12, 2020 the Selectboard approved the recommendation that the date that stickers will be required is May 20th. Gatekeepers will be at the beaches starting on May 20th; lifeguards come on duty as usual starting June 20th.

What does this mean?

  • There will be no daily passes sold at White Crest this summer.
    • Only people who have purchased Wellfleet Resident stickers or visitors who have purchased Three Day, One Week, Two Week or Seasonal stickers will be able to park at White Crest.
  • All other beaches should be open and fully staffed as usual starting June 20th.
  • If you are a Resident or Taxpayer with last year’s Combination Sticker or Resident Beach sticker, you will be fine because your 2019 sticker does NOT expire until June 30th.
    • If you have already purchased online this year’s stickers, they will also be honored starting May 20th.
  • Visitor stickers will not be on sale until June 13th and all visitor stickers will be valid no earlier than June 20th, the third Saturday in June.

What will be different?

    • There will be no in person Beach and Transfer sticker sales this year.
    • Visitor stickers will be sold online only after June 13th.
    • All beach parking lots will have approximately 25% of the spaces unavailable for parking to reduce the density of people on the beaches.
    • If beach goers fail to observe social distancing, that percentage could be increased.

    We are still waiting for guidance from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on large groups, social distancing and best practices for recreational areas. When these are issued, if any of the Wellfleet decisions are not in line, we will be modifying them to conform. Please check in and follow this page so that you can keep up to date with all developments. This summer will be different and sometimes confusing and frustrating. We are trying to make the beach a part of it, even with restrictions as needed.