CAPE COD, Mass. — As spring turns to summer, Cape Cod businesses are ready to roll out the welcome mat.
In the meantime, a task force has been formed to make sure everyone gets the support they need to have a successful, but different, summer season.
“Our economy is a bit unique in that a lot of it is very intertwined. Businesses depend on each other and their successes to make them successful,” said Anthony Schiavi, Bourne Town Administrator and Cape Cod Task Force.
As we learn more about the planned re-opening of the state, businesses are already making adjustments.
“To put it in perspective, we can get 50-100 people in the store at one time when it’s absolute cranking but with social distancing, it’s impossible to do. So we’re going to going to be politely asking people to wait for a few moments once we allow some people to leave the store so some more can come in,” explained Phil Howarth, owner, Goose Hummock Shop.
A 21-member task force made up of Cape and Islands community leaders is meeting twice a week to make sure everyone is on the same page as they anticipate a phased reopening of the economy.
“The season is short enough here for our seasonal businesses and many of our businesses that are open the full year, they have to have a good summer season in order to sustain themselves, their employees and the rest of us that live on the cape here,” said Schiavi.
Business owners know it's going to be a different kind of summer.
“I think we’re definitely going to hurt. We already lost so much with the spring season. but we just adjust accordingly. We may not be able to bring as many staffers this summer as we hoped to but we’ll play it by ear and stay hopeful,” said Kimberly Fernandes, owner, Cape Cod Kayak.
“It’s just going to be different. We’re not going to have the season. We’re not going to have the overseas travelers. Hopefully from New Jersey, north, we get a lot of people actually drive here. which would be wonderful,” said Howarth.
Tourists can be assured safety will be part of soaking in the sun.
The governor has set May 18 as a possible date when the “stay-at-home” advisory can be lifted.
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