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The local order takes effect on Monday, March 23 at 5:00 PM and is in effect until April 6 unless further modified.
Yes, as of Saturday, March 21, 2020 the Nantucket Select Board and the Nantucket Public Health Office voted to issue a “Stay at Home Order” effective Monday, March 23, 2020 at 5:00 PM and is in effect at least until April 6 unless further modified. A “Stay at Home” Order does allow for some essential travel. This is outlined in the Order and we have also developed a series of FAQs (below) to help with the most common questions that people have about when and why they may leave their homes.
Yes, a “Stay at Home” Order is a somewhat less restrictive version of a “Shelter in Place” Order. Most Nantucketers have been staying at home for several days already.
No, this is not a “lockdown”. For an explanation of the difference please go here.
This order includes the entirety of the island. Unless you work for an essential business or are doing an essential activity, you should stay home. See the order here.
Yes, essential services will still be operational including, but not limited to:
Unless your work is an essential function (i.e. healthcare provider, grocery store clerk, first responder), you are required to stay home. If you have been designated essential by your employer, you should continue to go to work and practice social distancing. See the Order here
As of March 21, 2020, NRTA continues to operate with riders needing to practice social distancing. Visit NRTA website for more information on bus service and measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Yes, the ferry services are operating on limited services. Please check their websites for updated information. The Town encourages all residents to avoid any travel unless absolutely necessary either to or from the island to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. The Stay at Home Order contains a Travel Ban allowing only Essential Travel - effective March 23, 2020.
Yes, you can still order take or delivery from restaurants or go grocery shopping. Please, remember to practice social distancing when you do your grocery shopping. Meal-delivery, drive through, and take-out options will still be available. See here a list of restaurants open.
You are allowed to walk your dog or to take it to the vet if needed. Be sure to practice social distancing while out on walks, maintaining at least 6 feet from others.
No. You will be able to buy groceries and purchase medicine.Continue to buy normal quantities of these items on the same schedule you normally do. Thiswill ensure that there is enough for everyone. Whenever you are out, remember to practice social distancing.
You could be fined up to $1,000. You are also putting yourself and others at risk of contracting the virus and extending the time within which the island is under a Stay at Home order.
If there is an emergency please call 911. If you feel it is not safe for you to remain home, we urge you to find another safe place to stay during this order. Please reach out so we can help. Call 508-228-1212 if this is not an emergency.
The landfill is still open regular hours. Haulers are considered essential and will continue to pick up garbage and bulky items. Individuals may take their own trash to the landfill. The Town reminds everyone to use precautions and to practice safe social distancing.
Yes you can fish but practice social distancing. The shanties are closed per order of the Board of Health.
No. The Town has suspended all permits while the Federal, State and Local State of Emergency is in effect. This applies to mooring permits as well. You need to contact the mooring handlers and advise them that they cannot start installing moorings until the State of Emergency is lifted or until specifically directed by the Town. Failure to abide by this order exposes the mooring permit holder to potential enforcement action by the Town. Work performed in violation of this order would be considered a Public Health Nuisance, MGL c. 111, § 122 and potentially fined up to $1,000 per violation.
At this time the Town Pier is closed to public. The Town’s staff who are responsible for managing the pier and insuring the safety of mariners are following the Federal, State and Local “Stay at Home” Orders. The Town Pier is closed until either the State of Emergency is lifted or the Town advises otherwise.
No. During scallop season, boat yards on Nantucket fall under “Food and Agriculture” Category of the Commonwealth’s Essential Services Categories in that they work on the boats used by seafood and fishing industry. This exemption to the Stay at Home Order does not provide an opportunity to expand the essential work definition to include “recreational boaters”. So, unless boat yards are performing work on a vessel for “food and agricultural purposes” there is no way to perform the work without being in violation of the Governor’s Order which exposes a violator to a criminal penalty pursuant to Section 8 of Chapter 639 if the Acts of 1950 or a civil fine of up to $300 per violation.
The Town urges marine boat yards to understand what the intention of these restrictions are. They are designed to keep businesses operational that are essential to keep society operational. They are not essential because people need to go boating. The very act of people gathering on boats violates the basic guidelines put forward by the CDC and the DPH for the physical separation of people in order to stop the spread of the Coronavirus. For these same reasons Town staff are not able to work on our marine infrastructure until later this spring. The Town Pier is closed for repairs and the Town doesn’t have staff to insure the safety of the mariners using the facility. They are staying home obeying the Federal, State and Local “Stay at Home” orders. Cooperation and understanding will go a long way to helping this community get through this major disaster faster.
Yes but practice social distancing.
Emergency order #2 banned attendance at Houses of Worship. Many of these groups are holding on-line services.
Try to avoid going out. It is imperative that we limit our contact with others and for that, we need to stay home. You may drive to the beach or park or walking trail for exercise and fresh air - if you do, practice social distancing.
Caretaking is not necessarily an essential business – unless there is an emergency threat to life, safety or property that outweighs the risk of your attending to that threat. Cursory walk-throughs are not considered essential in unoccupied houses.
At this time, the Town’s Construction Ban remains in effect for the Town and County of Nantucket.
Under the Town’s Emergency Order #1 (Temporary Moratorium on Construction – “Construction Ban”) the listed trades can still conduct business for the purposes mentioned except for “Construction Sites”. At this time projects remain prohibited under the Town’s Construction Ban.
It is possible that your neighbors already self-quarantined before returning to the Island; however, if you are concerned, please contact the Health Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or send an email to email@example.com.