UPDATED: November 2, 2020
IMPORTANT UPDATE: The Governor has announced that effective August 1st, all travelers entering Massachusetts—both out of state residents and Massachusetts residents returning home—must comply with a new travel order.
The new travel order requires all visitors and returning residents to fill out a Massachusetts Traveler Form unless they are coming from a state that has been designated a lower risk COVID-19 state or fall into an exemption category. The lower risk states include Colorado, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Vermont, Washington and Wyoming.
The new travel order also provides that visitors and returning residents arriving in Massachusetts from any place other than a COVID-19 lower-risk state must quarantine for 14-days unless they can produce a negative COVID-19 test result administered on a sample taken not more than 72-hours prior to arriving in Massachusetts.
Please note that you can schedule a COVID-19 test at Nantucket Cottage Hospital for when you arrive on island. Before you can be tested you must be registered with Mass General Brigham (formerly Partners Healthcare) by calling 866-211-6588. If you have received care at Nantucket Cottage Hospital in the past you are already registered, however, it is a good idea to confirm and update your information by calling the number above. Hours of operation to call and register: 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Mon-Thurs; and 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Fridays.
On May 18, 2020, Massachusetts Governor Baker announced that retail and restaurants are in a phased reopening plan. There are four phases. The State entered into Phase 1 on Monday, May 18th and each phase will last a minimum of three weeks if all public health data shows positive signs. By May 26, retail stores were allowed to offer curbside pickup of goods and many previously closed restaurants also reopened for curbside pickup or delivery.
Phase 2 began on schedule on June 8, 2020, as public health benchmarks continued to be met. In a news conference on Saturday, June 6, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker confirmed and gave details of the start of Phase 2 of businesses reopening across the commonwealth. This phase will have two steps, with the schedule of the second step depending on the most recent public health data. As of June 8, retail stores, outdoor seating at restaurants, lodging, child care, and youth sports resumed. Step 2 of Phase 2 began on schedule on June 22 and allowed indoor dining, the reopening of nail and tanning salons, and other outdoor recreation including playgrounds and public pools.
Phase 3 began on schedule on July 6. This phase included fitness centers, gyms, movie theaters, and museums, all of which must follow safety rules for their type of business. The guidelines proscribe operations in ways from limiting the numbers of patrons to requiring face masks and the cleaning of equipment after every use.
Nantucket Health Department Director Roberto Santamaria has issued an emergency order requiring the wearing of face coverings when in public on the island. Santamaria said, "Whenever somebody is on a public street, public sidewalk, in a retail establishment or in a food establishment, you would be required to wear a mask at all times, except for when consuming food."
Phase 1: "Start"
- Beaches remain open
- Retail Stores can offer curbside pickup or delivery
- Golf Courses are Open
- Restaurants continue to offer curbside pickup, takeout or delivery
- Real Estate can now do showings by taking all health precautions, such as social distancing and wearing a mask
- Pet Grooming, Hair Salons and Barbershops
- Houses of Worship
- General Office spaces
Phase 2: "Cautious"
- Hotels and short term rentals
- Personal Services: nail salons, massage therapy, day spas
- Restaurants may offer dine-in
- Beaches remain open
Phase 3: "Vigilant"
- Performance Venues
Phase 4: "New Normal"
- Most businesses can now open while maintaining safety and health precautions for the protection of others. This includes large arenas.