The Berkshires Blog

Know Before You Go Travel Update

Last updated July 9, 2020

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

Yuki at Methuselah during COVID-19Many of our restaurants are open for outdoor and indoor dining. Reservations are strongly recommended and in many 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, and more are planning to reopen soon. Contact your lodging of choice – including campsites – for detailed information and availability. Museums and cultural venues are starting to re-open as well and will offer timed entry into their facilities.

Most outdoor attractions, parks, and trails are open, though social distancing and other protective health measures are still required. Even though events and seasonal offerings have been canceled, many institutions have made their grounds available, and some are offering timed entry. Visit here for ideas about what to do, and be sure to check each website or call before making plans and arriving as some spots require reservations.

Photo of Ashuwilticook Rail Trail in Cheshire by Ogden Gigli.

Know Before You Go

  • The Berkshires is currently in Phase III (Vigilant), Step One of a four-phase reopening plan.
  • As of July 1, travelers to Massachusetts arriving from Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, New York, and New Jersey will be exempt from the Commonwealth’s directive to self-quarantine for 14 days. Travelers from other states (including Massachusetts residents returning home) are still instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days after their arrival. Click the link below for more information.
  • 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.
  • Outdoor and indoor dining, hotels, and lodging properties, and retail stores are in the process of reopening. Check with each proprietor before arrival for hours and availability.
  • 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 for hours and availability.
  • Movie theaters and outdoor performance venues, museums, cultural and historical sites; fitness centers and health clubs are opening but be sure to call 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. Many are limited to only 25% capacity.
  • 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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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!