Amid a COVID-19 outbreak fueled by the Delta variant, the Nantucket Board of Health voted unanimously Thursday afternoon to reinstate a mandatory indoor mask order for the island, effective immediately.

A copy of the Town of Nantucket’s Emergency Order can be found here.

Watch NCTV’s Immediate Release from Town of Nantucket Health Director Roberto Santamaría explains the new mask mandate for the Town of Nantucket.

Immediate Release Mask Mandate in Effect August 5, 2021

Reported by N Current, August 5, 2021

The new mask order applies to all indoor areas on Nantucket that are open to the public, including retail businesses, restaurants, bars, performance venues, event spaces, churches, and municipal buildings. The order does not apply to gatherings at private residences. 

The emergency order comes as Nantucket health officials have reported 179 cases of COVID-19 on the island since July 15, including several that were confirmed as involving the Delta variant, along with at least four Medflight transfers of COVID-19 positive individuals with symptoms severe enough to require a higher level of care.  

With regard to indoor restaurant, bar, and dance venues, the Board of Health has ordered that customers “may only remove face coverings when seated at tables or at the bar. Patrons standing or ordering at the bar must be masked. Guests must be masked on indoor dance floors.

Enforcement of the new order will be the responsibility of the Nantucket Health Department, which has been authorized to issue penalties starting with a written warning for a first violation, as well as fines starting at $100 for subsequent offenders. Exemptions to the new mask order, based on CDC guidance, include children under the age of 2, along with anyone with a disability or who has trouble breathing, as well as performers provided they are physically distanced

There was discussion regarding potential business occupancy restrictions, but the board decided to take no immediate action. The members of the Board of Health asked Nantucket Health Department staff to draft a recommendation on potential business occupancy restrictions that will be considered at a future meeting planned for the coming week

Community Foundation of Nantucket

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