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Know Before You Go

Last updated January 5, 2022.

Massachusetts Mask Advisory: As of December 21, 2021, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health issued a recommendation that all residents, regardless of vaccination status, should wear a mask or face covering when indoors at all settings.

Visiting Pittsfield? The Pittsfield Board of Health has a mask directive in place as of November 8, 2021. This directive requires masks shall be worn in all indoor settings, regardless of vaccination status.

Most Berkshire businesses are acting in accordance with CDC recommendation to mask up indoors. Many cultural institutions are requiring timed entry and/or proof of vaccination. We strongly encourage all visitors to check with each venue before arrival, carry your vaccine card, and follow all safety protocols set in place by each business during your visit. Thank you. Learn more at the CDC’s website.

Jiminy Peak. Photo by Rob Bossi.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.

Our restaurants are open, though days and hour vary. Call for specific details. You can also enjoy a plethora of takeout, delivery, and curbside options. Find inspiration to whet your appetite here.

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

Outdoor attractions, parks, and trails are open. Many institutions have made their grounds available for free. Visit here for ideas about what to do, and be sure to check each website or call before making plans.

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Know Before You Go

  • COVID Data Tracker
  • COVID-19 FAQs from
  • Current reopening guidance can be found at
  • Many businesses are once again asking patrons to mask up indoors at the advice of the CDC. Please follow safety protocols set in place by each business and organization.

Safety Guidelines

We hope that you will choose to vaccinate. Please be prepared to follow these safety guidelines during your visit:

  • Follow mask rules where and when requested.
  • Maintain proper social distance when in public crowds.
  • Practice good hygiene. 
  • Respect various comfort levels, mask wearing, social distancing requests by individuals and businesses.

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