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Due to the limit capacity of our hospital and limited resources of the island, we recommend that all seasonal residents remain at their permanent homes until it is safer to return. See the Town, Hospital and Chamber’s joint letter to seasonal residents here.
The 14-day self-quarantine is advisory only, it is not required; however, there is a current Massachusetts state advisory that those travelling into Massachusetts from out-of-state are “instructed” to self-quarantine for 14 days.
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.
The Town does not regulate ferry services and does not have the authority to cancel service or close the port. To see the ferry services most recent press releases and information check SSA and Hy-line Cruises websites.
No, at this time the Nantucket Memorial Airport does not intend to close operations. However, the Town’s Travel Restriction has been posted at the Airport and we certainly hope that people will adhere to it.
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.
Transportation over waters of the United States and through United States airspace is exclusively regulated by the United States through the Department of Home Land Security and its subsidiary agencies, including the Federation Aviation Authority and the Transportation Security Agency or TSA. The jurisdiction of the United States is exclusive meaning that there is no authority for a local jurisdiction such as the Town to restrict the ability of individuals or cargo from accessing the Island by ferry or airplane.
Although the Commonwealth, through the Massachusetts Emergency Management Administration (MEMA) and the MassDOT, Aeronautics Division, has some authority to regulate the transportation field, that authority is also subject to the preeminent authority of the United States to regulation travel in US airspace and within the territorial waters of the United States.
It is unlikely that federal or state authorities would consider a grant of delegation of authority that would allow the Town to place restrictions on the transportation of people to and from the Island. From an operational standpoint, the coordination of measures to address the pandemic must remain on the state or federal level in order for an effective response to happen. Under existing laws, TSA has the exclusive jurisdiction and the sole authority to issue and enforce transportation restrictions. The only possible way that a travel restriction could be put in effect is if the appropriate federal and state authorities deemed such determination necessary. Meanwhile, the Town has requested that the boat lines make adjustments to their passenger capacity in accordance with guidelines issued by the CDC.
While Town offices are open to provide services to the public, they are not currently open for the public to enter the offices. Current state guidance is that offices use alternative measures for now to serve the public (such as email, telephone, video conferencing, on-line applications, drop-boxes, curbside delivery). Until the town is able to have the appropriate safety measures in place for its employees and the public, and state guidance relaxes, the offices will remain physically closed. We urge the public to call the office you need, directly, for service.
Please be advised that the Collector’s Office is not currently accepting in-person payments of tax bills, excise or other bills which may normally be dropped off at the office. During this time, please either mail them to the Finance Department at 37 Washington Street, Nantucket, MA 02554 or make payments online for real estate tax bills and motor vehicle excise bills at www.nantucket-ma.gov/224/Tax-Collector.
If you must drop payments off, please use the drop box located in the front vestibule of the Public Safety Building at 4 Fairgrounds Road. The Town is currently working on installing a lockbox at 37 Washington Street. Stay tuned for an update on this on the Town website.
Thank you for your patience during this time. We are sensitive to the fact that within a short amount of time, people whose businesses are severely impacted by COVID19 may have difficulty paying their bills. We are working on determining and/or learning from the State what relief the Town is legally allowed to provide for these situations.
Yes, you can still order takeout or delivery from restaurants or go grocery shopping. Please, remember to practice social distancing and use a face covering 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.
The Town has suspended all permits while the State of Emergency and State Stay-at-Home order are in effect; however, mooring handlers may begin installing moorings.
At this time the Town Pier is closed to the 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, but you are encouraged to bring a supply of food, supplies and medicines with you from off island to assist you with easing into island life with a self-quarantine. Here on island you will be able to buy groceries and purchase medicine when your supplies run low. This will ensure that there is enough for everyone. Whenever you are out, remember to practice social distancing and use a face covering when you are out.
Yes, the Governor’s Office issued this guidance for boaters and marine activities on April 27, 2020.