Public Schools – Fall 2020 Reopening Guidance

Update: View August 5, 2020 Reopening Plan HERE

View July 27, 2020 Fall 2020 Reopening Plan HERE

View June 25, 2020 Initial Fall 2020 Reopening Guidance HERE

DESE announced a Coronavirus Relief Fund School Reopening Grant Program provided from Federal money that will provide $225 per student. Barnstable will receive $1,157,400. This is in addition to the $776,000 ESSER Grant previously received.  Funds must be obligated by 12/31/2020.  Link for more info on eligible uses:

Upcoming Precinct 7, District & Town Council Meetings August 2020

View Legally Posted Agendas HERE

Cotuit Water Commission – Tuesday August 4, 8:30am,  REMOTE

Town Council Town Manager Contract Committee – Tuesday August 4, 6pm,

Cotuit Prudential Committee – Monday August 10, 6pm, REMOTE

Cotuit Fire Commission – Tuesday August 11, 5:30pm, Freedom Hall

Precinct 7 Monthly Open Meeting – Wednesday August 12, 3pm, Cotuit Library CANCELLED For assistance contact Jessica via Email

Town Council Appointments Committee – Tuesday August 18, 5:30pm, REMOTE

Cotuit-Santuit Civic Association Meeting – Tuesday August 18 , 7:30pm, REMOTE

Town Council Meeting – Thursday August 20, 7pm, REMOTE

Town Council Zoning & Regulatory Review Committee – Tuesday August 25, 6pm, REMOTE

Town Council Committee to Address Homelessness in Barnstable –  Tuesday August 25: 5:30pm, Remote

Cotuit Water Commission – Wednesday August 26 6:30pm, Remote

Town Council Asset Management Advisory Committee – Wednesday August 26, 6pm, REMOTE


Town Council Roads Committee – Inactive



Water Quality – Beach Status

View Current Water Quality & Beach Status Report for Town of Barnstable  HERE

Update: 7/29/20

No Bottom, Cotuit   Cyanobacteria Warning has been lifted.

Update: 7/28/20

CLOSED* No Swimming

Lovells Pond Beach remains closed due to Cyanobacteria 

Update: 7/20/20 Keyes Beach is opened for swimming!

Holly Point Beach Association/Bearse pond’s Pet Advisory has been lifted.

Cyanobacteria information:

CLOSED* No Swimming

 Long Pond Marstons Mills (Posted at Long Pond Farms Beach)

Lovells Pond Beach

  • Higher risk for babies and small children
  • Moderate health risks for adults
  • Highest risks for pets

*minimum 2 week period of monitoring, before lifting closure

Update: 6/25/20

Keyes Beach, Hyannis continues to be closed due to bacteria levels above State standards.

The beach has been resampled.

Cyanobacteria Monitoring results:

Pet Advisory

Holly Point Beach Association/Bearse Pond

Shubael Pond


No Bottom Pond *, Cotuit is experiencing a cyanobacteria bloom- and the visibility is <4 ft. therefore swimming is not recommended for abutters and dogs should be kept out of the water. * There is no public access to this pond.

The Town of Barnstable shares data with Association to Preserve Cape Cod (APCC), which is updated for Barnstable on Thursday afternoons.

To check if your pond has been sampled and its current status please check the APCC Cyanomap HERE

Also, please remember the CDC guidance: “When in doubt it is best to stay out!” View CDC Site HERE

Cyanobacteria FAQ HERE

Governor Announces Travel Order

The Governor announced that effective August 1st, all travelers entering Massachusetts—both out of state residents and Massachusetts residents returning home—must comply with a new travel order. This includes students returning to campuses for the fall semester. View Travel Order HERE

The new travel order requires all visitors and returning residents to fill out a “Massachusetts Traveler Form” unless they are coming from a state that has been designated a lower risk COVID-19 state or fall into an exemption category. The new travel order also provides that visitors and returning residents arriving in Massachusetts from any place other than a COVID-19 lower-risk state must quarantine for 14-days unless they can produce a negative COVID-19 test result administered on a sample taken not more than 72-hours prior to arriving in Massachusetts.

More details on this order will be posted and available at