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All Nantucket Town and County offices are closed until April 6, 2020. For a list of essential services being provided please see the Continuity of Operations page.
As of March 12, 2020, all advisory board and commission meetings are being suspended except for the Select Board until further notice.
As of March 12, 2020, all regulatory board and commission meetings are being suspended except for the Select Board until further notice.
The Town has requested additional security support from the Commonwealth to assist with any potential surge of persons presenting with covid-19 symptoms at the hospital and at any potential surge site that may be opened in the event that we have more persons ill than the hospital can handle. This request will most likely be accommodated by the Commonwealth in the form of additional support personnel from the National Guard and/or the Mass. State Police. The expected State deployed assets will be small and will only focus on utilitarian support roles like traffic and crowd control if needed. This will help us protect the Town’s Police Officers from unnecessary exposure at the hospital, should they be needed for security purposes, so that they may focus on maintaining community order. National Guard personnel will not be deployed for law enforcement purposes or preventing the public from entering the ferries.
As of 3/20/20 the State has not waived payment of excise taxes. The Town Collector does not have the authority to alter collection dates. Any change to the due date would have to come from the State. Please continue to check this page for updates.
Please be advised that the Collector’s Office is not currently accepting in-person payments of tax bills, excise or other bills which may normally be dropped off at the office. During this time, please either mail them to the normally dropped off at the Finance Department at 37 Washington Street, Nantucket, MA 02554 or make payments online for real estate tax bills and motor vehicle excise bills at www.nantucket-ma.gov/224/Tax-Collector. If you must drop them off, please use the drop box located in the front vestibule of the Public Safety Building at 4 Fairgrounds Road. The Town is currently working on installing a lockbox at 37 Washington Street. Stay tuned for an update on this, on the Town website. Thank you for your patience during this time. We are sensitive to the fact that within a short amount of time, people whose businesses are severely impacted by COVID19 may have difficulty paying their bills. We are working on determining and/or learning from the State what relief the Town is legally allowed to provide for these situations.
Nantucket’s Annual Town Election is postponed. A new election date has not yet been determined.
Yes, Annual Town Meeting is currently postponed to Saturday, May 2, 2020.
Nantucket Public Schools (NPS) are closed until May 4, 2020. Please refer to the Nantucket Public School website for updates. The local private schools typically follow the same closure as NPS.
For updated information on Covid testing and cases on Nantucket please visit the Nantucket Cottage Hospital Coronavirus Updates page nantuckethospital.org/home/coronavirus-news-and-information/
If you develop symptoms such as fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19, stay home and call your healthcare provider.Visit Nantucket Cottage Hospital for additional information on Testing. The Town of Nantucket does not perform Testing for Covid-19.
Transportation over waters of the United States and through United States airspace is exclusively regulated by the United States through the Department of Home Land Security and its subsidiary agencies, including the Federation Aviation Authority and the Transportation Security Agency or TSA. The jurisdiction of the United States is exclusive meaning that there is no authority for a local jurisdiction such as the Town to restrict the ability of individuals or cargo from accessing the Island by ferry or airplane.
Although the Commonwealth, through the Massachusetts Emergency Management Administration (MEMA) and the MassDOT, Aeronautics Division, has some authority to regulate the transportation field, that authority is also subject to the preeminent authority of the United States to regulation travel in US airspace and within the territorial waters of the United States.
It is unlikely that federal or state authorities would consider a grant of delegation of authority that would allow the Town to place restrictions on the transportation of people to and from the Island. From an operational standpoint, the coordination of measures to address the pandemic must remain on the state or federal level in order for an effective response to happen. Under existing laws, TSA has the exclusive jurisdiction and the sole authority to issue and enforce transportation restrictions. The only possible way that a travel restriction could be put in effect is if the appropriate federal and state authorities deemed such determination necessary. Meanwhile, the Town has requested that the boat lines make adjustments to their passenger capacity in accordance with guidelines issued by the CDC.
Yes, restaurants are open at their discretion. To further curb the potential of viral spread, all permitted food service establishments are to limit contact with the public as much as possible.
As Town sees a spread of this outbreak, more and more restrictions may be put into place.
Per Governor Baker’s emergency order banning gatherings of 10 participants or more, the Town of Nantucket is suspending all existing permits for events scheduled from now until July 1 in order to meet the requirements of the order. Additionally, the Town of Nantucket is not accepting applications for new events at this time until further notice.
If organizers of these events that were scheduled between now and July 1 wish to reschedule their events, the Town is requiring all organizers to submit new applications to the Permitting and Licensing Office to make sure they are rescheduled properly once the emergency ban is lifted. For example, if your event is scheduled for June 15 and the emergency order is lifted on May 15 - you can reapply on May 15 and still hold your event on June 15 if all requirements for that permit are met. It is up to the event organizers if they are able to wait and see or cancel now or postpone to a date to be determined. At this time we cannot guarantee a postponement date until the order is lifted but we are committed to working with all organizers as best we can to create a back-up plan.
No, at this time the Nantucket Memorial Airport does not intend to close operations. However, the Town’s Travel Restriction has been posted at the Airport and we certainly hope that people will adhere to it.
The Town does not regulate ferry services and does not have the authority to cancel service or close the port. To see the ferry services most recent press releases and information check SSA and Hy-line Cruises websites.
Yes, the Landfill is open regular hours.
No, TIOLI is closed until further notice.