What to do on Cape Cod amidst COVID-19 uncertainties

What to do on Cape Cod amidst COVID-19 uncertainties

Cape Cod is in the process of slowly and safely reopening in the wake of the Corona Virus pandemic. It may not be “business as usual”, but there certainly are plenty of reasons to make Cape Cod your destination for a socially distant and fun family vacation. With less tourists than normal, now is the perfect time to visit to socially distance yourself away from others and bring your family closer together.


If your family is looking to eat out during your stay, fortunately there still are many options to chose from. Main Street Hyannis has erected concrete barriers that line the road, making room for outdoor seating for restaurants. Though indoor seating is currently permitted on Cape Cod, an extended outdoor seating accomodation is provided out of respect for those who chose to take stricter precautionary measures. Less than 2 miles away from the Bayside Resort, Main Street Hyannis offers a wide selection of 49 restaurants that range from seafood to fine dining, bars, and casual gourmet. Further, located right in Yarmouth, we recommend your family to visit restaurants such as the Skipper or Captain Parkers, who have fantastic water views in their outdoor seating areas. There’s no better place to enjoy seafood than Cape Cod, and not even the pandemic can stop that! Finally, because of the limited seating capacity due to social distancing guidelines, we encourage you to call ahead and make a reservation if possible.

Take a Hike!

A fantastic way to distance yourself from others is to take a hike, or a bike! Our first recommendation for hikes are rail trails. First, the Shining Sea Rail Trail stretches 10.7 miles, but has various intervals to park at to customize the length of your journey. The flat paved trail passes through Chapoquoit Beach, Sippewissett Salt Marsh, cranberry bogs, and finishes at historic Woods Hole. Other flat and paved rail trails include the Cape Cod Canal and the Cape Cod Rail Trail– both are also great places to get some fresh air on safe, paved ground. Next, we also recommend you check out nature trails! There has never been a better time to go outside and distance yourself from others. Additionally, with the limited tourism to Cape Cod this summer, we encourage you to take this rare opportunity to see the Cape untouched by others. Our top picks for nature trails include the White Cedar Swamp trail, Fort Hill Trail, and Sandy Neck Beach. In all three of these trails you will get access to a unique aspect of what makes the Cape so special. More information on Cape Cod nature trails can be found on the National Parks Website.

Go to the Drive In!

We covered this topic previously in our “Best Things to do on Cape Cod” post, and fortunately the argument still holds true!  Visiting the Drive In is still one of the most charming and safest activities to do this summer, and will be fun your family won’t want to miss. Enjoy movies found in theaters today at the comfort and distance of your own car. Additionally, with the grand opening of the Yarmouth Drive In, the Bayside Resort is only minutes away from the fun! Tickets are $30 a car, with a max of 4 people. Additional passengers will require a small fee. Tickets can be found at YarmouthDriveIn.com. Further, if you want a more nostalgic experience, visit the Wellfleet Drive In! Parking spots are limited to every other space and a mask must be worn when visiting the snack bar and bathroom. Tickets are 13$ a person and can also be found on their website

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We are working hard to create the safest and best guest experience within this changing landscape!

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we want to do our part to help keep our community and our employees safe.  We are following all of the local and federal recommendations and guidelines. We have made the following adjustments to our business practices and offerings to keep all of our guests safe. We will continue to make changes and adjustments to provide the best guest experience as we move foward.

What to expect during your stay...

Low Contact Check-In / Check-Out – There is no need to sign any documents, simply come to the desk to slide your card and pick up your keycards. At check-out, let us know when you’re leaving, leave your keys in your room, and we’ll email you a receipt.

No Daily Housekeeping – Please call the Front Desk with requests, and items will be delivered to your room. Please let us know if you need any employee assistance.

Breakfast – We offer a limited take-out style breakfast from 7-10am. Enjoy breakfast in your room or limited seating is available in the Nantucket Room, Patio, Beach, or Outdoor Pool.

Indoor Pool – Open 9am – 11pm with limited capacity.

Outdoor Pool – Open 9am – Dusk (Weather Permitting)

Game Room & Fitness Center – Open 7am – 10pm with limited capacity.

Moby Dick Pub – Open Daily at 5pm with limited capacity.

Bellyfloppers Pool Bar – Open Daily at 11am with limited capacity.

Local Restaurants – Open with limited Indoor and Outdoor seating.

What we're doing to keep you safe...

Hygiene Protocols – We have added more sanitation stations for employees and guests throughout the property. Our staff is wearing PPE for your protection.


Staff Training and Screening – We have provided the most up to date information and training on policies and procedures on keeping both employees and guests safe. This includes daily self-screening at home including temperature and symptom checks.


Cleaning and Disinfecting – All Guestrooms and public areas are cleaned and sanitized with hospital-grade disinfectants. We have removed many non-essential items from guestrooms. We have increased the frequency of sanitizing surfaces that are being touched, especially our entrance doors, lobby, door knobs, stair rails and counters.


Social Distancing – We expect guests to self-police themselves. As much as possible, we have made more space to allow for guests to maintain safe distances.

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Do guests need to wear masks?
We recommend the use of masks in any area that customers cannot maintain social distancing recommendations. Don’t worry, if you forgot or lost your favorite fashionable mask, we have disposable ones available complimentary! Bayside employees are required to wear masks and or are behind glass barriers.

Do we accept cash as payment?
We prefer credit cards, but yes, we do accept cash.

Will our bars be open?
Yes, Bellyfloppers Pool Bar is open daily at 11 am (weather permitting) and the Moby Dick Pub is open daily at 5 pm. Both bars are available with a light menu to be enjoyed on premises or for take-out.  Guests are welcome take their food or beverages and enjoy them anywhere on the property including the pool areas, patio, beach, fire pit, hospitality room and guestrooms. 

What hotel amenities can we use?
The Outdoor Pool, Fitness Center, Indoor Pool, Game Room and Breakfast Room are open with limited capacity. We have made efforts to make more space to allow guests to social distance. We expect guests to be considerate and self-police themselves. We reserve the right to close any area that we feel is overcrowded or unsafe.

What should we do if we feel uncomfortable?

We understand that these are uncertain times and that people have different worries and concerns. We ask that customers are considerate to others and self-police themselves. We appreciate customers telling us their concerns and suggestions, and we will do out best to address them. If at any time a customer feels uncomfortable or changes their mind about staying, we will offer a full refund for the unused portion of their stay with no questions asked.

What is your cancellation policy?

We have updated our Cancellation Policy to No Fees if you cancel by 6pm Day of Arrival when you Book Direct.  Please Note: If your reservation was booked through a 3rd party such as Expedia, Hotels.com., Booking.com, Groupon, etc… You must change or cancel your reservation directly through their website and are subject to their terms and conditions.

I’m Traveling from out of state, can I still stay at the hotel?

Yes. Visitors from low risk States have no current restrictions.  To date this includes, CT, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VT.  Visitors from other higher-risk states are required to fill out a Massachusetts Travel Form on-line prior to arrival.