As Mashpee heads into Memorial Day weekend amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the state side of South Cape Beach and the Mashpee-Wakeby boat ramp will be open while social distancing measures continue.

State Senator Julian A. Cyr (D-Truro) told the Mashpee board of selectmen on Monday, May 18, that the state side of South Cape beach would be open, since “there was a concern that not allowing that beach to be open was going to put a lot more density of folks on the adjacent town-owned beach.”

The beach itself had remained open to the public, but the parking lot will reopen on Saturday, May 23, Sen. Cyr said.

Mashpee Recreation Director Mary K. Bradbury said that the Mashpee-Wakeby state boat ramp will be staffed and open only to boats registered in Massachusetts.

Ms. Bradbury said health guidance from the state and federal government should continue to be followed at all beaches and public spaces. Groups should be smaller than 10 people with 12 feet between groups and six feet between members of the same group.

Face masks should be worn when social distancing is not possible, and organized or pickup sports games are not allowed.

“I’m very excited to get folks back outside and get people to see each other again, keeping with social distancing and the face masks. I think that if we can all be responsible and act within the guidelines, we get to keep going,” Ms. Bradbury said.

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