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Here’s where masks are now required in Provincetown

The mandate applies to indoor restaurants, theater and performance venues, bars and dance floors, offices, lodgings, fitness centers, and retail establishments. 

A sign at the Heaven Cafe in Provincetown. Craig F. Walker / The Boston Globe

Masks are once again required in Provincetown as the Cape Cod town works to contain a surge in COVID-19 cases, including among individuals who have been fully vaccinated. 

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The Provincetown Select Board and Board of Health voted Sunday night to reimpose an indoor mask mandate and gave Town Manager Alex Morse authority to enact additional restrictions based on public health data.

As of Friday, the town had reported 430 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 associated with its cluster. Of those cases, 342 are Massachusetts residents and 153 are Provincetown residents. Morse said in a recent statement that most of the cases among the Massachusetts residents (71%) developed symptoms and 69% of the reported cases were in individuals who were fully vaccinated. 

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The re-instituted mandate in Provincetown comes almost two months after Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration lifted the statewide mask mandate for indoor public spaces, along with other COVID-19 restrictions. Masks remain mandatory for all individuals on public transit and in taxis, health care facilities, ride shares, and other settings where vulnerable populations are gathered, such as congregate care settings.

The reimposed rule in Provincetown requires face coverings for all workers and customers in indoor public spaces regardless of an individual’s vaccination status, except when a person is unable to wear a mask due to a medical condition or disability, according to the town. The mandate applies to indoor restaurants, theater and performance venues, bars and dance floors, offices, lodgings, fitness centers, and retail establishments. 

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In restaurants and food service businesses, customers are only allowed to remove face coverings when seated. At performance venues, patrons are only allowed to remove masks when actively eating or drinking. 

“Indoor bar and dance venue customers may only remove face coverings when seated at tables or seated at a bar,” a press release from the town read. “Patrons standing or ordering at the bar must be masked. Guests must be masked on indoor dance floors.”

In hotels and lodging facilities, guests and workers must wear masks inside hallways and common areas. While at gyms and fitness centers, customers, visitors, and workers alike are required to keep their faces covered during fitness activities. 

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“Personal Services customers and workers are required to wear face coverings, except for skin or beard care that occurs on the face; the customer may temporarily remove the face covering but must immediately put the face covering back on for the remainder of the visit,” the town said. 

Morse has said if the town’s positive test rate dips below 3% for a period of at least five days, the indoor mask mandate will change to an advisory, which will be lifted if the test rate falls below 1% for five days.

Following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the town is requiring all unvaccinated individuals, including kids under the age of 12, to wear masks both in crowded outdoor settings where social distancing is not possible and in public indoor spaces. 

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The town is continuing to offer free vaccines and COVID-19 testing at the Veterans Memorial Community Center parking lot daily from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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