As we welcome back everyone with open arms, for air hugs of course, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention there will be a few changes. Nothing says summer quite like the sunny days spent on the beaches of Block Island. You’ve packed your sunscreen, beach chair, beach read but have you packed your face masks? You’ll still be welcomed at your favorite sandbox but you’ll be asked to respect your neighbors’ personal space. There will be restrictions in place to keep everyone safe.

We all need a vacation and there is no time like the summer to enjoy one, so let’s remember that the safety guidelines you’ll encounter while on Block Island are there to keep everyone safe and stress free, that is what vacationing is about isn’t it? Let’s work together to ensure we all have a healthy, fun in the sun, summer.

A few things to consider BEFORE you hop on the ferry, plane or your boat:

Block Island has very limited grocery shopping and with the summer population starting to arrive wait times to get in and to shop may be long. Shop for your necessities before the ferry ride so you can enjoy your time outdoors!

You’ll need your own entertainment. Many summer events have been canceled so you’ll need to get creative on how to enjoy the moments spent between beaches, shopping and dining. Be sure to bring your favorite books and board games. If you’re an artist, photographer, musician, or other creative, consider this a good time to find some inspiration! Does your rental have a firepit? Then don’t forget about s’mores. Graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate is fun no matter if you’re 2 or 92!

Expect delays and limited menus at restaurants. You will still get to enjoy your favorite meals but you may be asked to use the takeout option and enjoy them in open air instead. Be sure to call ahead or go online to find out whether your faves are taking takeout only orders, what are their hours of operation, how will payment be made, etc. There will be delays. This is the new normal for the time being but the local business owners are trying their best to make sure you have a good time. Please remember this and please be kind as we do our best to keep up with the regulations and keep you informed!

Show you care, wear a mask! Block Island is asking everyone to wear masks in all public and private spaces where you will be in contact with other humans. Some places may refuse entry without a mask. To avoid getting left out of your favorite spot make sure you pack a few! Don't worry if you forget, there are plently of cool "Block Island' masks to be purchased on island. Places of business are all equipped with sanitizer and your resort, inn, or homeowner will be taking the appropriate measures to clean and thoroughly disinfect your room but some extra PPE won’t hurt if you want to pack your own!

Bring your bike or a good pair of walking shoes! If the beaches are too full for your liking you’ll want a plan B. There are wonderful walking trails to explore, you might even find a glass float! Bikes can be rented on island as well and you can always take the Self-guided bike tour to see all the highlights of Block Island.

Do the research before you arrive. Safety protocols are now in place and will be constantly changing and evolving. Check in on our websites to get updates, and be sure to do your homework on the status of your favorite restaurants, Inns, stores and public spaces. “Know before you go!”

At the end of the day, we all must remember to be kind to one another and patient. Let’s work together to ensure a fun, healthy summer for all as we move towards fewer restrictions.

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