The Falmouth Beach Department held lifeguard tryouts at Surf Drive Beach last Saturday, June 13, and has hired 57 full-time staff, which is the usual number of lifeguards hired each year.
“June 20 will be the first day stickers will be checked and daily fees charged for beachgoers,” beach department spokeswoman Margaret G. Clayton said.
Ten additional lifeguard stands have been built for area beaches, Ms. Clayton said. Lifeguards previously sat two people to a stand, but they will now sit one to a stand in accordance with social distancing guidelines.
Each lifeguard has been issued two cloth masks. A mask is to be worn whenever the guard is within six feet of another person, or is giving first aid, walking to the bathroom, getting something out of the car, or rotating locations.
Showers and changing rooms are not currently open, Ms. Clayton said.
Beach parking lots are still blocked for 50 percent capacity, but adjustments have been made to “give back” waterfront-facing parking spots, such as at the residents-only spaces at Chapoquoit Beach and Old Silver Beach, and at Falmouth Heights Beach.
“This allows people to enjoy evenings and sunsets looking over the water after hours,” Ms. Clayton said.
The snack shack vendor at Old Silver Beach opened this week and will be open from 11 AM to 6 PM daily for the season.
The Doggz & Hoggz snack shack at Surf Drive Beach opened last weekend and both the snack shack at Surf Drive Beach and the Doggz & Hoggz food trailer at Falmouth Heights Beach will be open daily from 11 AM to 4 PM, starting this weekend, for the season, owner Michael A. Bullard said.
“We have every intention of getting the food trailer to Falmouth Heights Beach on Sunday for Father’s Day,” Mr. Bullard said. “We would appreciate it if customers would wear masks at both locations when ordering food.”
While the purchase of resident beach stickers by mail is “still accepted and encouraged” to limit COVID-19 exposure for employees and the community at large, the Ellen T. Mitchell Bath House at 56 Surf Drive is open daily from 9 AM to 4 PM for sticker purchases.
The sticker application form can be downloaded at www.falmouthmass.us/152/Beach-Parking-Stickers. Completed forms and self-addressed envelopes can be returned by mail or dropped off at the town hall main entrance mail slot.
As reported last month, to reduce parking demand the town will no longer offer nonresident stickers for less than a full season.
Starting Saturday, June 20, nonresidents will continue to have access to three beaches either by purchasing a seasonal nonresident sticker or payment of the daily parking fee. Credit cards and exact change will be accepted at Old Silver, Surf Drive and Menauhant East beaches.
Grews Pond at Goodwill Park will remain accessible to the public without a sticker or daily parking fee, within the limits of reduced parking. Parking attendants will not be authorized to make change for payments in an effort to limit close contact between employees and patrons.