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?
There is no quarantine regulation for visitors coming to Nantucket from other parts of Massachusetts. Governor Baker, on March 23, issued an Advisory requesting that travelers who are coming from out-of-state to the Commonwealth, self-quarantine for 14 days. That advisory is still in place.
ARE SHORT TERM RENTALS ALLOWED THIS SUMMER?
Yes, Great Point Properties can execute leases for this coming summer with an arrival date of June 8 or later. Currently, there is a ban on short term leases (less than 32 days) with an arrival prior to until June 8.
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?
As of May 19, there have been no changes to the summer Steamship or Hy-Line schedules. 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/). As of May 15, the Hy-Line has expanded its schedule from 5 trips daily to 8 trips daily. Please check their website for the most up to date schedules.
ARE AIRLINES CHANGING THEIR SUMMER SCHEDULES?
We assume summer schedules from major airports will change as the airline industry is going through significant turmoil. As schedules are posted, we will keep you updated.
WILL MASKS BE REQUIRED?
On May 1st Governor Baker issued COVID-19 Order 31 that, requiring as of May 6, 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 May 19, there have been only 13 COVID cases on island. 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?
On May 18 the Governor issued the reopening report for Massachusetts. The reopening will be phased in over the next 6 weeks or so. Besides essential businesses, including grocery stores, liquor stores, pharmacies, and doctors’ offices that have been open. Currently, many restaurants are offering curbside take-out.
Click here for an up to date business guide.
WHEN WILL OTHER NON-ESSENTIAL NANTUCKET BUSINESSES START RE-OPENING?
Phase One of the reopening will allow offices and some personal services to re-open on May 25. Phase Two, tentatively scheduled for June 8, will include the opening of retail stores, short term lodging and vacation rentals, and restaurants. A State Restaurant & Hospitality workgroup was convened on May 15 to develop procedures for opening.
Click here for the Massachusetts Reopening Plan
WHERE CAN I FIND THE PERTINENT GOVERNOR’S ORDERS FOR THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC?
Click here for the pertinent Governor’s Orders.
Updated May 25, 2020