Nantucket plans a phased re-opening of Nantucket Businesses

Nantucket is getting ready for the 2020 summer season! 

UPDATED: MAY 26, 2020

On May 18, 2020, Massachusetts Governor Baker announced that retail and restaurants are in a phased reopening plan. There are four phases. The State has entered into Phase I on Monday, May 18th and each phase should last a minimum of three weeks if all public health data shows positive signs. As of 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 II could begin as early as June 8, 2020, assuming certain public health benchmarks continue to be met.

Phase I: "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 II: "Cautious"
  • Hotels and short term rentals
  • Personal Services: nail salons, massage therapy, day spas
  • Restaurants may offer dine-in 
  • Beaches remain open 
Phase III: "Vigilant"
  • Performance Venues 
  • Museums 
  • Casinos 
Phase IV: "New Normal"
  • Most businesses can now open while maintaining safety and health precautions for the protection of others. This includes large arenas. 

Still 14 confirmed COVID-19 cases

Confirmed COVID-19 cases reported by Nantucket Cottage Hospital remained at 14 in the hospital’s daily update on May 25.. The hospital reported 530 tests had been conducted, with four test results pending. One patient under investigation for the infection is hospitalized locally. One death on Nantucket, on April 5, was attributed partly to COVID-19, with pre-existing conditions being a factor.

Cleaning Guidelines  
The Nantucket Board of Health has created specific protocols for all cleaning companies to abide by moving forward. The protocols have been developed in conjunction with the CDC Cleaning Guidelines.

Nantucket Vacation will be taking appropriate measures by using specific disinfectant products to clean all surface areas between rentals. 

Your Rental
As of this time, we do not believe that there is any reason to change your planned Nantucket Vacation. However, if you have concerns and are unable to travel for your stay, we will work with you to select another stay within the next 12 months for the same rate that you received this year. Thus far, we have only had one cancellation and that was not related to coronavirus. 

Please feel free to reach out to us at any time with questions. We are looking forward to hosting you for a wonderful Nantucket Vacation despite these challenging times. As always, please follow all guidance for your safety and health to ensure a memorable stay on beautiful Nantucket Island.