Cape Cod Lawmakers Host Virtual Hearing Ahead Of Tourism Season


CAPE COD, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Summer is right around the corner and a big return to tourism is expected for Cape Cod, and members of Cape Cod's state delegation took part in a virtual hearing, Friday, on the impact the pandemic has had on the industry.

The hearing was held by the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development.

Cape Cod State Rep. Dylan Fernandes, the vice-chair of the committee, heavily criticized the Baker Administration's handling of the pandemic and its guidance on reopening the economy.

"The guidance from the state has been slow, arbitrary, inconsistent and we as legislators very much share that sentiment," said Fernandes.

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State Senator Susan Moran also took part and said while the Cape is expecting a full return to tourism this summer, it has a depleted workforce. 

"On the Cape side, there really is a full season coming and we don't exactly have the same predictability of our workforce," said Moran.

Moran hinted at the use of government incentives for seasonal workers on the Cape.

State Rep. Kip Diggs also attended the hearing.

WBZ NewsRadio's Tim Dunn (@ConsiderMeDunn) Reports

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