On Monday, June 29, 2020 the Nantucket Board of Health held an emergency meeting to discuss the growing concern that face coverings are not being used when in public and not socially distant. The Board of Health issued Emergency Order No. 12 - Mandatory Face Coverings to address this public health concern. Per the Order, all persons, with limited exceptions, shall wear face coverings over their mouths and noses when in public and within six feet of another person, and AT ALL TIMES when within the bounds of the Nantucket Old Historic District and the Siasconset Historic District. This order shall apply to all places open to the public, whether indoors or outdoors. Businesses shall not allow patrons to enter their establishment without a mask, unless they qualify for an exemption (see below). Click here for a map of the areas included in this Emergency Order.
Exceptions: Children under the age of 2 years should not wear face coverings or masks. For children 2 years of age and older, a mask or face covering should be used, if possible. Mask use by children 2 years of age and up to the age of five are encouraged but should be at the discretion of the child’s parent or guardian at this time. Parents and guardians should ensure that the mask fits snugly and does not obstruct a child’s ability to breathe.
This Order shall not apply to persons for whom a face covering would cause impairment due to an existing health condition, or persons requiring a reasonable accommodation/modification as a result of a qualifying disability as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act and/or any applicable laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, including: those who cannot breathe safely; those who, due to a behavioral health diagnosis, are unable to do so; those communicating with people who rely upon lip-reading; and those who require supplemental oxygen to breathe.
Find the complete Order here or on the Town of Nantucket’s COVID-19 Response webpages at www.nantucket-ma.gov/1820/emergency-orders.