Nantucket COVID-19 FAQ
We at Great Point Properties’ know how hard it is to keep up with the facts surrounding Nantucket as we navigate new regulations and restrictions. There has been a lot of speculation around what is true and what is false. Based on feedback from you, our clients, we have compiled a list of questions and provided accurate answers below. We will continue to update this page as new information becomes available.
ARE VISITORS COMING TO NANTUCKET REQUIRED TO SELF-QUARANTINE?
June 30, 2020, Governor Baker relaxed the self-quarantine advisory. Visitors coming from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire are no longer advised to self-quarantine. There is also no quarantine advisory for visitors coming to Nantucket from other parts of Massachusetts. For travelers from other states and countries, the 14-day self-quarantine is mandatory as of August 1, 2020, unless you have obtained a negative COVID test within 72 hours of arrival.
Mandatory Travel Form
Nantucket Cottage Hospital Voluntary Testing Form
ARE SHORT TERM RENTALS ALLOWED THIS SUMMER?
The State short term rental ban expired at midnight on June 7.
ARE NANTUCKET BEACHES OPEN?
Nantucket beaches have always been open. The Town does not have any intention of closing beach access.
HAS THE STEAMSHIP AUTHORITY REDUCED ITS SUMMER SCHEDULE?
The Steamship Authority will not offer drive on, drive off service for automobiles this summer. Please check here (https://www.steamshipauthority.com/schedules) for current SSA schedules.
Check here for the current Hy-Line schedule: (https://hylinecruises.com/schedules-rates/nantucket-ferries/). Please check their website for the most up to date schedules.
WILL MASKS BE REQUIRED?
On June 29, 2020 the Nantucket Board of Health issued an order that requires people to wear a facemask at all times when they are outside in the Nantucket or Sconset Old Historic District.
To see the Nantucket Order and the Old Historic Districts map please click here.
This is in addition to the State issued Order 31 that requires masks are to be worn by any person over the age of two who (to quote from the order) “….is in a place open to the public in the Commonwealth, whether indoor or outdoor, and is unable to or does not maintain a distance of approximately six feet from every other person shall cover their mouth and nose with a mask or cloth face-covering...”. From another section, “All persons are required to wear masks or face coverings at all times when inside grocery stores, pharmacies, and other retail stores.”
The Steamship Authority, Hyline, and JetBlue have already put into place rules that travelers coming to and from the island will need to wear masks. If you are flying to Nantucket please check with your airline about their facemask policy.
Click here to download the face mask guidelines.
IS THE HOSPITAL PREPARED FOR SUMMER VISITORS?
The Hospital has had ample time to prepare for summer residents and visitors. As of July 2, there have been over 1,500 negative tests and 21 COVID cases on island, but there are no COVID cases hospitalized. Various protective procedures are in place for non-COVID patient visits to the Hospital.
Click here for direct Hospital updates and COVID information.
WHAT BUSINESSES ARE CURRENTLY OPEN ON NANTUCKET?
Many businesses have re-opened including indoor restaurant dining and retail stores. As of July 3, Massachusetts entered Phase 3, Step 1 of the four-phase reopening plan. Phase 3 allows museums and historical sites, gyms, expanded personal health care, and outdoor performance venues to reopen. When the State issues a specific list of these facilities we will post them on this site.
Click here for an up to date business guide.
Click here for the Massachusetts Reopening Plan
Updated August 5, 2020