posted on May 26, 2021 13:23
By: Alan Pollock of the Cape Cod Chronicle
Starting Saturday, the state is no longer requiring fully vaccinated people to wear masks indoors. Gone will be restaurant capacity limits, caps on the size of indoor and outdoor gatherings, and most other regulations related to the pandemic.
“It’s nearly time to exhale,” said State Sen. Julian Cyr, D–Truro, speaking last week on behalf of the Cape Cod COVID-19 Task Force. “Just in time for the Memorial Day weekend.” But having come about two months earlier than first predicted, the lifting of restrictions leaves some unanswered questions.
“It certainly doesn’t mean, though, that at 12:01 a.m., Commercial Street in Provincetown becomes Bourbon Street, or downtown Hyannis becomes the Vegas Strip,” he said.
COVID-19 case numbers continue to decline, and public health officials are optimistic that progress will continue in the weeks and months ahead as more people become fully vaccinated. But there are still new cases occurring, with serious illnesses and deaths still taking place across the region.