'Business Is Extraordinary': Cape Cod Hotels Optimistic For Busy Summer

WBZ-TV's Bill Shields reports.

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- Tonight, retailers on Cape Cod say business is picking up.

- But health officials are concerned that an uptick in coronavirus cases might impact another summer. They're already seeing it, in fact. There were nearly 500 new cases reported last week in Barnstable County compared to just 13 the last week of summer 2020. And as WBZs Bill Shields shows us, some worry that it could lead to a lockdown.

BILL SHIELDS: If there is a grande dame of Cape Cod hotels, perhaps this is it, the Chatham Bars Inn. And while the COVID summer of 2020 may have been tough on the hospitality industry, what's this summer looking like?

GARY THULANDER: I have a big smile on today, Bill, because the business is extraordinary. There's a lot of pent up demand out there for travel as people went through the pandemic this past year.

BILL SHIELDS: Even the smaller places have much room for optimism. The Carpe Diem Guesthouse and Spa in Provincetown is already booking lengthy stays this summer, but it's more than just summer rentals.

STEPHEN HOOPER: What's been great for us is it's not only just the summer but a lot of people booking for April, May, and June. A lot of local people around Massachusetts have been booking.

BILL SHIELDS: Now I don't mean to be [? the ?] fly in the ointment here, but there is a dark cloud on the horizon. That cloud is COVID. The numbers are increasing on the Cape, especially in Barnstable and Yarmouth.

- The two towns here are seeing an increase in positivity cases. And it's a real concern dealing with that as we start to lead into the summer.

BILL SHIELDS: So while it was a beautiful day to be out on the Cape, there are COVID warning signs here.

- We definitely see an uptick. We're not sure if that's the start of the third wave.

BILL SHIELDS: But with statewide vaccinations increasing steadily perhaps this summer on the Cape will be a celebration. Just don't forget your mask. I'm Bill Shields, WBZ News.