State-wide “Safer-at-home-advisory” in place.
Updated 5/18/20- Governor Charlie Baker releases four-phase re-opening plan for the state. Each phase will last at least three weeks, read specifics about Phase One here.
Updated 5/18/20- Re-opening plan details See Mass.gov website
Updated 5/18/20- Slow re-opening plan gives unclear guidelines for Memorial Day Weekend on Martha’s Vineyard. Curbside retail not approved until 5/25/20. See the article in the Vineyard Gazette here.
Updated 5/7/20- Oak Bluffs summer events NOW cancelled: Fireworks and Grand Illumination Night. OB Fireman’s Association and MVCMA followed suit after many other organizations and town boards had cancelled most 2020 summer events on Martha’s Vineyard including the Ag Fair, Taste of the Vineyard, Fourth of July Parade and fireworks in Edgartown (5/11/20), Camp Jabberwoky, and many other festivities. See announcement in Vineyard Gazette here.
Updated 5/1/20- Mask Wearing Orders for Oak Bluffs and Massachusetts, including on the Steamship Authority. Both the town of Oak Bluffs and the governor updated requirements for wearing masks in public buildings and outside in public areas where social distancing is not possible. For the town guidelines, as of 4/30/20, please see Town of Oak Bluffs Website. For Steamship Authority guidelines, as of 5/1/20, see the SSA website. For state guidelines, as of 5/6/20, please see WBUR’s coverage of today’s press conference.
Updated Tuesday 4/28/20, Governor Baker extended the “Stay-at-Home Advisory” for Mass residents and ordered all non-essential businesses to close until May 18th. Click here for WBUR report **Does NOT include grocery stores, pharmacies, hospitals, gas stations and others : see Governor’s complete list here**
As of 4/27/20: Local officials have started a phased re-opening of construction and landscaping in all six island towns. Two-person only crews, see guidelines on the Oak Bluffs town website.
As of 4/20/20, Self-employed and contract workers will be approved for unemployment benefits under Covid-19. Click link to check eligibility and apply for new benefits.
As of 4/21/20, Governor Baker extends all school and childcare centers close through the end of the school year, or June 29th, 2020. Students and teachers will continue online learning. See news conference here.
For districts and families struggling with access to education, WGBH (PBS channel 2) will be airing educational content between 12 pm-5 pm M-F and will have free resources available on their website at the WGBH Distance Learning Center.
As of Wednesday 3/25/20, island municipalities voted local restrictions more stringent than Governor Baker’s 3/24/20 advisory. **Grocery stores, pharmacies, hospitals and gas stations will remain open. **See Vineyard Gazette article : FAQs on what this means for you, updated 3/30/20.
**Federal and State Income tax due dates have been postponed to July 15th.**
Local information sources
Martha’s Vineyard Hospital: Daily Covid-19 testing reports & other FAQs
- Duke’s County Commission web page: Links for local resources such as M.V. Hospital, public schools, food assistance, town pages etc.
- MVTV: Watch local meetings
- M.V. Times: All articles on COVID-19 open to the public (no subscription needed.)
- Vineyard Gazette: All articles on COVID-19 open to public (no subscription needed.)
- WMVY Radio: Martha’s Vineyard’s radio station
Services to the community
- Free weekday food pick-up at schools: information on each school. Note some schools request pre-ordering.
- M.V. Community Services: COVID-19 resources for elderly, families, and those in need of any daily resources.
Emergency service approved childcare for essential workers: Offered by Chilmark Preschool. Ages 2.9 years–1 years; 7 days a week; 6 am-6 pm. Call Director, Anja May, to inquire about eligibility and applications: 508-939-0103
- If you feel like you need to go to the hospital for any reason, call first. (includes routine care) M.V. Hospital call in line: 508-684-4500 (M-F 8 am-7 pm; a call center will be answering outside of hours.)
- M.V. Community Services Emergency Services (Behavioral and Mental Health Services, 24 hours a day) 508-693-0032