The Berkshires Blog

Know Before You Go

Last updated October 8, 2020

NOTE: Please read these important details before travel. Thank you for complying.

The natural beauty, culture, cuisine, and adventure of the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts eagerly await your arrival when the time is right for you to travel. Before planning to visit any of our 30 towns and 2 cities, we recommend that you contact each destination for specific information about hours, availability, requirements, and safety precautions.

The Clark Art Institute. Photo by Elizabeth Nelson.Many of our restaurants are open for outdoor and indoor dining. Reservations are strongly recommended and in some cases required. You can also enjoy a plethora of takeout, delivery, and curbside options. Find inspiration to whet your appetite here.

Many of our hotels and lodging properties are open. Contact your lodging of choice – including campsites – for detailed information and availability. Museums and cultural venues are open as well, and some offer or require timed-entry into their facilities. Check with each one for specific details.

Most outdoor attractions, parks, and trails are open, though social distancing, mask-wearing, and other protective health measures are still required. Even though events and seasonal offerings have been canceled, many institutions have made their grounds available. Visit here for ideas about what’s open right now and what to do, and be sure to check each website or call before making plans.

Photo: The Clark Art Institute. Photo by Elizabeth Nelson.

Know Before You Go

  • The Berkshires is currently in Phase III (Vigilant), Step II of a four-phase reopening plan.
  • As of August 1, all visitors and returning residents entering MA must follow travel orders including: completing a travel form, producing a negative COVID-19 test result administered up to 72-hours prior to arrival, or quarantining for 14 days. Failure to comply may result in a $500 per day fine. Click here for exemptions and details.
  • Massachusetts Travel Form
  • Click here for the most up-to-date list of exempt lower-risk states.
  • Effective Oct. 5, a limited number of sectors will be eligible to reopen, with restrictions, in Step II of Phase III for lower risk communities only: indoor and outdoor performance venues, arcades and indoor and outdoor recreation businesses, fitting rooms in all retail stores, gyms, museums, and libraries. Read the specifics here.
  • Effective Sept. 28, restaurants may seat people at the bar for food service with proper distance measures in place, and up to 10 patrons can be seated together indoors or outdoors. Please check with each eatery for specific hours and whether or not reservations are encourage or required. Learn more here.
  • Masks are required, including in outdoor spaces if you cannot safely social distance. Please bring a mask and keep it with you at all times.
  • Plan extra time for meals and consider eating earlier in the day. Waiting for a table is typical since number of patrons is limited.
  • Many golf courses are open. Call before you go.
  • Barbershops, hair salons, and personal services such as massage, nail care, skin care, tanning, and makeup services are beginning to reopen. Check with each proprietor before arrival.
  • Movie theaters and outdoor performance venues, museums, cultural and historical sites; fitness centers and health clubs are opening but call head about reservation policies
  • Certain indoor recreational activities with low potential for contact are happening and professional sports teams, under the authority of league-wide rules, may hold games without spectators

Safety Guidelines

Please be prepared to follow these safety guidelines during your visit:

  • Wear a mask covering your nose and mouth in public areas where you are unable to safely social distance.
  • Maintain proper social distance by staying at least six feet away from others.
  • Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds. Sanitize with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol when you cannot wash.
  • Respect capacity limits at businesses.
  • Be polite! Everyone in the Berkshires is working hard to make our home an enjoyable and safe place for everyone, visitors and residents alike. Courtesy is contagious.

For More Information


A Message from Berkshire Health Systems

By working together, we can stop the spread of COVID in our community. We all need to keep social distancing, washing hands, screening for symptoms, and wearing masks.


Lastly…

Enjoy yourself! Whether you’re here for a day trip or a month, we hope you have a wonderful time #intheBerkshires. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook. Tag us with #intheBerkshires, #liveBRK, #tasteBerkshires, #visittheBerkshires, #BerkshireMomentofZen. Find inspiration for what to do, where to stay, and what to eat. Shop small. Visit in any season. Leave our natural beauty free of litter. Make memories. Come back again!

Check out these Berktastic memories captured on Instagram!