Now if you still want to book, the following may still impact your stay. Please understand all these protocols and rules are either enforced or recommended by the governor and/or the Board of Health. We have zero intentions to add inconvenience to our guests...

(Subject to change if the Board of Health announces new protocols)

What you should know before you book

 Our COVID-19 Protocols for the Entire Season of 2020

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Howards End Guest House

  • On July 24, 2020, the Governor, issued COVID-19 Order No. 45 adopting a mandatory 14-day quarantine for travelers arriving in Massachusetts (hereinafter, the Order). The effective date of the Order is August 1, 2020. This binding guidance must be followed by all travelers entering Massachusetts, except those covered by the limited exemptions listed on the the official Massachusetts COVID-19 Travel Order page. 

    The Order applies both to residents of Massachusetts returning from out-of-State travel and to residents of other States and any other persons who come to Massachusetts for personal or business travel. Students and families entering Massachusetts to begin the academic year at a college, university, or boarding school, or any other educational or academic program, like any other person entering Massachusetts beginning August 1, must comply with the travel rule and are required to quarantine for 14 days on arrival unless otherwise exempted as detailed in this guidance.

    Travelers who do not comply with these rules may be subject to a civil fine of $500 per day.


  • All Provincetown public events in year 2020 have been cancelled. Including the Portuguese Festival, 4th of July, Bear Week, Girl Splash, Family Week, Carnival, White Parties, Women's Week, Spooky Bear, etc.
  • T Dance may not happen this year.
  • It is MANDATORY to wear a face mask and practice social distancing when you are in public areas.
  • Some local businesses decided to keep closed for the entire season of 2020.
  • Most local businesses (restaurants, gift shops, etc.) are opened based on the governor's reopening protocols.
  • Lots of local businesses may close after Columbus Day Weekend.
  • Provincetown's information page on COVID-19
  • Massachusetts COVID-19 Updates and Information
  • Massachusetts COVID-19 Travel Order

Check in:

  • Please bring face masks with you. At this point, it is MANDATORY for people to wear a mask in most of the public areas in Provincetown. And the Board of Health requires guests to wear a mask when they are walking in common spaces in our house, such as hallways and stairs. It does NOT have to be a medical or N95 mask. A simple cloth mask would do, or even just using a bandana to cover your mouth and nose.


  • Please bring your own umbrellas, beach towels, etc. And we cannot provide these to our guests in Season 2020. We do provide all the essentials, e.g. bath towels, bed linens, shampoo and soap.


  • Please bring your own cooler. We can’t let guests use our guest refrigerator based on the order of the Board of Health.


  • Please call or text us about 30 minutes before your arrival. This is because the Board of Health require us to avoid different guests checking in at the same time.


  • For people who booked directly with us, we will process the payment by the credit card we have on file after you check in. Let us know if you need a copy of the receipt.


  • Because of the pandemic, during the season of 2020, we are unable to provide any parking passes as we usually do. There will be plenty of parking spaces at the Pilgrim Monument Parking Lot. They usually charge $20 per day.


  • You must be able to do self check-in if you plan to check in after 9pm. We will send you all the information about it.


  • We cannot help you to move your luggage based on the Board of Health’s order. So please make sure you are able to do it as our stairs are kind of steep (1840 house).



When you are here:


  • All Guests and our staff MUST practice social distancing or have a face mask on unless they are staying in the same room or belong to the same household.


  • Guests are required to wear a face mask when they walk through the hallway. But they can take it off when they sit down for breakfast.


  • It is OK not to wear a mask when people are outdoors and social distancing can be ensured.


  • Guests MUST NOT let any people who are not staying at Howards End enter the property, including the courtyard, back yard and patio.


  • Board of Health requires us to remove all brochures, magazines, maps, or guides from the guest rooms.


  • We can only provide plastic cups and disposable dishes and silverware. Usage of regular cups or dishware are prohibited by the Board of Health.


  • We will not provide any room service unless it is really necessary (e.g. liquid splashed on bed sheets, etc.). This is recommended by the Board of Health. Also we cannot do any room service when guests are in their rooms.


  • It is recommended that guests should use the hand sanitizer provided after they have touched the door knob of the main entrance.


  • We will have a limited menu of our continental breakfast. Guests are required to make an order by calling or texting us.


  • Dining room is only accessible for breakfast. Only one party is allowed at the same time. We will assign different times lots to our guests.


  • Our living room and kitchen will be closed to guests based on the requirement of the Board of Health, i.e. no guest access to Microwave oven or refrigerators.


Check out:


  • On time check-out is mandatory. During this special time, we are required to do deep cleaning and sanitation after guests check out. This will take much longer time than usual.


  • You can leave your luggage in our living room if you decide to stay in town after checking out time.