The Berkshires Blog

Know Before You Go

Last updated March 1, 2021

Two young women survey the beautiful view in the Berkshires.

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 regarding availability 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. Call to find out if a reservation is 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. 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.
  • NEW: Effective March 1st, the Commonwealth will move forward into Phase 3, Step 2. Capacity limits will increase to 50% capacity with 500 person max for Indoor performance venues. Capacity limits increase to 50% for many other industries including: fitness centers, indoor golf facilities, libraries, common spaces in lodging operations, museums, cultural and historic facilities, and guided tours.
  • NEW: Effective March 1st, restaurant capacity is limited only by the requirement of 6 feet between tables. The 90-minute time limit and limit of no more than 6 per table stays in place.
  • 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.
  • Updated guidance can be found at www.mass.gov/reopening.

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.

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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!