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Know Before You Go

Last updated January 19, 2021

Berkshire HorseWorks.

Berkshire HorseWorks is a fun winter activity for anyone looking to interact with equines.

NOTE: Visitors from high-risk states must follow travel orders which includes completing a Massachusetts Travel Form, producing a negative COVID-19 test result administered, or quarantining for 14 days. See details in bullets below.

The natural beauty, culture, cuisine, and adventure of the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts 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.

Berkshire East skiing.

Berkshire East Mountain Resort.

Ski resorts are open and following state guidelines. Passes are strongly recommended. Here’s a look at what to expect this season.

Many of our restaurants are open. Reservations are 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.

Applegate Inn. Photo by Christian Giannell.

Applegate Inn. Photo by Christian Giannell.

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.

Know Before You Go

  • All visitors and returning residents entering MA must follow travel orders including: completing a Massachusetts 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.
  • Click here for the most up-to-date list of exempt lower-risk states. If your state is not an exempted lower-risk state, you must follow the orders listed above.
  • Alpine and Nordic Ski areas and resorts are in operation. Read about the guidelines here. Consult each ski area and resort for specific requirements and recommendations.
  • Effective Friday, November 6, a revised Face Covering Order requires all persons to wear face-coverings in all public places, even where they are able to maintain 6 feet of distance from others. If you are in a public space, even outdoors, please wear a mask. A revised Stay At Home Advisory instructs residents to stay home between 10 PM and 5 AM except for going to work, running critical errands, and taking a walk. Specific businesses must close to the public from 9:30 PM to 5 AM (restaurants, liquor and cannabis stores, in/outdoor events, theatres/movie theatres, and others. A new Gathering Order reduces gathering size to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors at private residences. Read more about these orders here.
  • Most Barbershops, hair salons, and personal services such as massage, nail care, skin care, tanning, and makeup services have reopened. Check with each proprietor before arrival.
  • Check with movie theaters and outdoor performance venues, museums, cultural and historical sites, fitness centers and health clubs about reservation policies.

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.


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!

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