As many of you know, Cape Cod is a very popular tourist destination under normal circumstances, but this summer, Massachusetts leaders are expecting what could be record-breaking numbers of beachgoers flocking to the Cape and surrounding islands.

Cape Cod state Senator Julian Cyr is asking anyone who plans to visit to make sure they bring face masks and vaccination cards. WWLP/22 News reports that Memorial Day weekend brought thousands of people to not only Cape Cod but also Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket.

Senator Cyr advises that visitors still check the COVID-19 protocols in advance for any particular destination, pointing out that masks will still be required on public transit, including ferries, and that many businesses will still require you to wear one even though the state's mask mandate has been lifted.

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Senator Cyr also said that fully vaccinated travelers may want to keep their Centers for Disease Control and Prevention vaccine card or other proof of their COVID-19 immunization handy. Cyr says he's personally aware of a number of businesses, particularly those offering indoor group activities such as dance clubs, that plan to require that their patrons be vaccinated.

The senator, who used to work in a family-owned restaurant, says he understands why some businesses, "particularly those where spread of respiratory illness is quite efficient," would require vaccines.

And along with your face mask and vaccination card, you might as well bring along some patience. Senator Cyr had this to say:

Most importantly please bring a little kindness and patience with you on vacation because we are just so short-staffed that it's going to take a little longer to get that ice cream cone, a little longer to get that fish sandwich.

For more on the story, please visit WWLP's website here.

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