Mashpee beaches open to residents only, parking restrictions issued

Mashpee beaches open to residents only, parking restrictions issued
Beachgoers enjoying John's Pond in Mashpee. (Sky25/Boston 25 News)

MASHPEE, Mass. — Effective Tuesday, Mashpee beaches will be for residents only.

The Mashpee Board of Selectmen has issued temporary beach parking and access restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The restrictions are being put in place due to "recently observed" overcrowding and congestion at John's Pond and other town beaches.

Parking and standing will not be allowed on roads near John's Pond, specifically Back Road, Cranberry Avenue, Highview Avenue Hilltop Road, Hoophole Road, and Valley Road.

Signs that say “No Parking” will be placed in those areas to alert residents and visitors for the duration of the restriction.

Access to town beaches is restricted to Mashpee residents, members of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, and those with vehicle disability plates or placards.

That with access to the Mashpee beaches during the temporary restrictions are expected to comply with all recommended COVID-19 safety measures including social distancing and wearing face masks.

The restrictions begin on July 28, 2020, and shall remain until it is rescinded by the Board of Selectmen or until the State of Emergency declared by the Governor is terminated.

Local police are authorized to enforce the temporary restrictions.