The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is urging the public to protect public health by adhering to important COVID-19 guidance such as wearing a face covering, practicing social distancing, and washing hands frequently when visiting state beaches and parks.

The public is also reminded that alcohol is prohibited at state beaches, parks and other locations throughout the state parks system.

When visiting state parks, beaches and other properties, DCR asks the public to adhere to important guidance to protect the health and safety of all visitors, including:

  •  If a location is crowded, please consider leaving the area and either visiting a different location or returning at a later date or time;
  • Follow posted rules and posted parking restrictions;
  • Stay within solitary or small groups, and avoid gatherings of ten or more people;
  • Practice social distancing of at least six feet between individuals;
  • Wear a facial mask or covering in public;
  • Participate in only non-contact recreational activities;
  • Practice healthy personal hygiene, such as handwashing for at least 20 seconds; and,
  • Stay home if ill, over 70, and/or part of a vulnerable population.

To keep visitors informed of COVID-19 impacts on state parks, DCR has increased safety signage throughout the state parks system, launched a new Find A Park webpage, and continues to post COVID-19 guidance on social media. For up-to-date information on state parks during the COVID-19 public health emergency, please visit the agency’s Massachusetts State Parks COVID-19 Updates webpage.