As of Thursday, April 2, more than 11,000 people had signed an online petition to limit access to the Cape.
The petition on change.org reads, “While we love our tourists and summer residents, this is not the time to come to Cape, our hospitals can’t handle it.” In the petition description there are exceptions for year-round residents, medical personnel and trucks delivering essential supplies.
South Yarmouth resident Beth Hickman started the campaign a week ago. Since then, Ms. Hickman has added more clarification to her request.
“If people did what was asked of them instead of hanging at the beaches and hanging out with each other this would never have been created. Yes some of the people coming are doing the right thing unfortunately most are not,” it reads.
“It seems that some are confused about what “closing” the bridges means. It’s not like we are saying build a wall like some comments have said. We are not asking for jersey barriers. That should be common sense. We want people to do what is asked.”
While Governor Charles D. Baker Jr. has not limited or restricted travel to the commonwealth, he last week issued a stay-at-home advisory. While it not does mandate that residents stay confined to their homes, everyone is urged to limit unnecessary travel. He also asked all visitors to the state to self-quarantine for 14 days.