COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resources
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resources
Current Orders - IMPORTANT INFORMATION
- Massachusetts is currently in Phase IV, Step 1 (as of April 2021). Find more information here!
- See when your business can open here!
- Governor Charlie Baker announced the four-part reopening plan for Massachusetts, outlining what both individuals and businesses must do to safely return to work.
- TRAVEL ADVISORY - TRAVEL SAFELY TO NANTUCKET: Read details of this travel order and see all lower-risk / exempt states here!
- Vaccine & Traveling to MA Update: If you have gotten two doses of the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines or one dose of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine more than 14 days ago and do not have symptoms, you do not need to have a negative test before traveling to MA or quarantine when you arrive. If asked, you must show documentation of your vaccination, including the date(s) given.
If you are vaccinated and have symptoms of COVID-19, you must continue to follow the Governor’s Travel Order and related testing and quarantine requirements.
- TRAVEL ADVISORY - TRAVEL SAFELY TO NANTUCKET: Effective March 22, 2021, all visitors & returning residents entering MA are advised to follow the Commonwealth’s new travel advisory. Read details of this travel advisory here!
- All visitors entering MA, including returning residents, are advised to quarantine for 10 days upon their arrival. Some travelers are exempt from this quarantine advisory - view here
- Vaccine & Traveling to MA: If you have gotten two doses of the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines or one dose of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine more than 14 days ago and have no symptoms, you do not need to have a negative test before traveling to MA or quarantine when you arrive. If asked, you must show documentation of your vaccination, including the date(s) given. If you are vaccinated and have symptoms of COVID-19, you must continue to follow the Governor’s Travel Order and related testing and quarantine requirements.
- Use Our Visit Widget – find open business and plan your visit on our site or our app (you can also view our Guidebook online here to help plan your trip)
- Find Food - See a list of Nantucket restaurants offering delivery, takeout and curbside pick-up.
- Explore Concierge Services – have groceries and other items delivered or stocked for you
- Enjoy Virtual Experiences - View the list of virtual experiences happening on Nantucket
- Shop Local Online – See a variety of merchandise and gift card items from our members in our Chamber Marketspace
- Virtually Explore Videos & Photos - Immerse yourself in our stunning beauty through virtual reality
- Stay Connected - By signing up to receive our visitor e-newsletter
- Help the Community - We have so many incredible nonprofits doing amazing things on Nantucket, especially during this crisis. Please consider supporting them during this time.
- View the REGION-WIDE GUIDANCE RELEASED FOR SEASONAL RESIDENTS AND VISITORS TO CAPE COD AND ISLANDS through Senator Cyr's office
COVID-19 Resources for Businesses -Updated Jan 26, 2021
LOCAL:KEEP THE ROCK SOLID INITIATIVE: Centralized resources to help local businesses overcome the challenges of operating during the pandemic.
- Keep the Rock Solid Website - Give, Get, Share.
- Keep the Rock Solid (WACK) - Radio Interviews of owners sharing innovative approaches to operating in this environment
- Keep the Rock Solid (NCTV) - Educational programming on financial topics ranging from SBA loans to unemployment
- Learn more about our Rock Solid Fund here
TOWN OF NANTUCKET:
- View Latest Emergency Orders Here
- Economic Impact Survey Results Report (Oct. 2020)
- Back To Business Toolkit
- Economic Recovery Taskforce Roundtables Summary Report / May 2020 - Read the summary for each industry here!
- To view the Town of Nantucket's task forces, click here
OTHER CHAMBER RESOURCES:
- NEW: Tap Into Technology Grant Program; Applications due Monday, May 10
- View all upcoming Chamber Educational Workshops here
- Members can submit items & gift cards to the Chamber Marketspace
- NICE Business Consulting - click here to learn more
- Fogged In Bookkeeping - Unemployment Highlights in a Time of Coronavirus
OFFICIAL ORDERS & GUIDELINES
- Latest Emergency Orders
- ReOpening Four-Phase Approach - The Massachusetts economy will be reopened using a four-phase approach, based on public health guidance. Learn more here
- Guidance for industries on the reopening plan
- ReOpening Mandatory Safety Standards for Workplaces - Learn more here!
- Business sector certifications and check lists and further details can be found here.
- A Note to Employers from Sec. Kennealy from November 27, 2020 - read it here!
Restaurant Revitalization Fund - This program provides emergency assistance for eligible restaurants, bars, and other qualifying businesses impacted by COVID-19. Registration for the SBA application portal is now open. Applications will open on Monday, May 3, 2021, at noon ET.
Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Program Application Portal Reopens
- CARE for the Cape and Islands second round of applications for 2021 grants will be accepted through May 31, 2021
SMALL BUSINESS ASSOCIATION
- The SBA announced it will be increasing the maximum amount small businesses & non-profit organizations can borrow through its COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. Learn more here
- The SBA has posted the new application forms for the next round of PPP. There are two forms - one for those that did not apply for PPP in the past, and one for those applying for a second round of PPP. Banks can begin accepting applications this Wednesday (contact your bank to determine exactly when they will open their process and in what priority they will accept applications). Click here for first time borrowers. Click here for second time borrowers.
- PPP Forgiveness Q&A
- PPP Forgiveness EZ Application
- EIDL Program
- Main Street Lending Program
- Support via SCORE
Support Local BusinessesRally for Restaurants is encouraging consumers to buy gift cards for local restaurants during the pandemic and they will donate $1 to organizations supporting the community through Toast.orgThe NBA Community BOOSTER Program: a new, community-wide initiative to support local restaurants. For every $50 gift card purchased from one of the local food-establishment Partners, the NBA will provide an extra $10 "boost" incentive, for a total $60 value! In addition, all Partner establishments will donate 10% of their gift card proceeds to the Nantucket Food Pantry.
Keeping the Community updated on resources and services available to keep our community healthy
Resources and Assistance for our Community
- Nantucket Food, Fuel, and Rental Assistance
- The Community Foundation of Nantucket & Immigration Resource Center, expanded the current grant to support workers needing to quarantine. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 774-325-6824 to learn more.
- Grocery Delivery Services; Nantucket Concierge - 508-332-0070, Wildflower Concierge - 617-875-2494
- Nantucket Neighbor connects able-bodied people with those who need help. They can pick up groceries/meals, deliver firewood, walk your dog, check on someone you care about, etc.
- The Food Pantry implemented new procedures and protocols by providing food through a home delivery program. They are adding new clients and will continue to do so to the extent possible. If you have questions or need to register e-mail email@example.com.
- Learn More & Apply for the Women, Infants, & Children (WIC) Nutrition Program - provides food, baby formula, nutritional counseling, and breastfeeding help for free.
- Massachusetts eviction prevention and homeless assistance programs
- Assistance Programs for Massachusetts Residents
- Massachusetts Utility Assistance
- Massachusetts Medical Assistance
- Health Imperatives Providing Services by Telephone and Online During COVID-19 Outbreak
- Governor Baker ordered all health insurances to waive any deductibles/copayments effective immediately as long as the MA State of Emergency is in effect.
- Nantucket Family Counseling is offering tele-therapy/phone therapy! Call, e-mail or text at 508-680-6974 to set up an appointment!
- A Safe Place, Inc. Nantucket is still responding to emergency cases to the emergency room and police department. Please call their 24-Hour Hotline at 508-228-2111
- Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket & Marla Ceely Lamb Cancer Travel Fund is providing counseling, support groups, & consults by phone/video conferencing. Patient care volunteers continue to check on patients & offer assistance where they can. Anyone dealing with life-threatening illness or grief is encouraged to call (508) 825-8325 or visit www.pascon.org
How You Can Help
- Nantucket Neighbor connects able-bodied people with those who need help in order to make sure the hospital & police are not overburdened. We can pick up groceries or meals, deliver firewood, walk your dog, check on someone you care about, etc.
- ACK SAVES is a privately funded community initiative established by year-round and seasonal Nantucket residents to help serve the immediate and emergent financial needs of our individual islanders and their families during and in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and Nantucket's subsequent Stay at Home order.
- The Food Pantry. Become a volunteer! Donate by dropping off unexpired & unopened items at the food pantry (10 Washington St.) Tuesday & Thursdays 4-6 PM and Wednesdays 9-11 AM or at the drop off box at the Stop & Shop on Sparks Ave.
- Learn How To Support NCH’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Support the Community Foundation’s Nantucket Fund for Emergency Relief