Page Updated 5/18/20Phased Approach


Latest statement from the Town of Eastham

As of June1, 2020, the number of COVID-19 cases in Eastham is 10. 


The Town of Eastham Staff recommend using this resource for accurate, up-to-date information on the number of COVID-19 in Eastham and all of Massachusetts.


Barnstable County has a useful website for numbers of cases by Town.


On May 18, 2020 Governor Baker announced details of Phase 1 of his 4 Phase approach to reopening the economy.  phase 1

The goal of this phased reopening plan is to methodically allow businesses, services, and activities to resume, while avoiding a resurgence of COVID-19 that could overwhelm our healthcare system and erase the progress we’ve made so far.

  • Each phase will last a minimum of three weeks and could last longer before moving to the next phase
  • If public health data trends are negative, specific industries, regions, and/or the entire Commonwealth may need to return to an earlier phase
  • The Commonwealth will partner with industries to draft Sector-Specific Protocols in advance of future phases (example: restaurant specific protocols will be drafted in advance of Phase 2)

If we all work together to defeat COVID-19, we can proceed through each phase.

Please find Phase 1 & 2 business specific links here

Helpful Links on Re-Opening

Re-Opening MARe-opening phase by business category 
MA Reopening websiteRe-opening mandatory safety standards for workplaces
6.1.20 Executive Order in Advance of Phase IICOVID-19 Control Plan (for business reopening)
Employer posterCompliance attestation (to be completed & posted before opening)
Outdoor Recreational Activities Guidance (including Beaches & Boating)Guidance for industries on the reopening plan
CDC Guidance on reopening (includes business, outdoor recreation, schools)CDC Activities and Initiatives Supporting the COVID-19 Response and the President’s Plan for Opening America Up Again
CDC guidance on visiting parks & recreational facilitiesCDC pool guidelines
Cape Cod Reopening Task ForcePlaces of Worship Safety Standards & Checklist

ce;;sEarly information shows that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. This includes:

  • Older adults
  • People who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and/or lung disease


People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

This list is not all possible symptoms. Other less common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

stop the spreadThe best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.  Do not touch the faucet or door after washing your hands - use a paper towel instead.  
  • To the extent possible, avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places – elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, handshaking with people, etc. Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something.

  • Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, etc.

  • Clean and disinfect your home to remove germs: practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks & cell phones)

  • Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces. Your risk of exposure to respiratory viruses like COVID-19 may increase in crowded, closed-in settings with little air circulation if there are people in the crowd who are sick.

State Emergency Orders

State of Emergency Declaration by Governor Baker (website for all orders here)
3.18.20 Closure of Childcare Centers
3.27.20 14 day quarantine after travel instructions
4.28.20 Governor Baker's Order to close all nonessential businesses
COVID-19 List of essential businesses
3.31.20 Hotel, Motel, Short Term Rental Guidance (Governor's Office)
4.7.20 Grocery Store Occupancy Order 
5.11.20 Plan for reopening

Helpful Links –

Stay at Home, Alone together