Good evening Nahant residents, this is Tony Barletta, Town Administrator.
This weekend is going to be a challenge for all of us. The spring weather that we have all been waiting for is finally here and yet we cannot fully enjoy it.
Nahant has had 30 confirmed cases of Coronavirus and unfortunately, 5 of our residents have passed away. Please keep their friends and families in your thoughts, hearts and prayers throughout this difficult time.
The Nahant Board of Health and I signed an Emergency Order that went into effect today, Friday, May 1. This order requires that all customers inside an open essential business wear a mask. It also prohibits more than 5 customers at a time.
Governor Baker signed an Executive Order today that goes into effect on Wednesday, May 6. That order also requires a mask be worn whenever entering an open essential business.
Also, the Governor’s order requires that everyone wear a mask when in public and when six foot social distancing is not possible.
Both of these orders can be found on Nahantcovid19.com.
Earlier this week the Governor extended his stay at home advisory to May 18. We know how difficult it is to stay home when it feels like we have been home for months, the weather is improving, and we don’t feel sick. However, many of us could be asymptomatic and while we feel healthy, interaction with others could lead to the transmission of the virus.
We can all agree that none of us want to see our family members or friends get sick and we would like to get back to normal life sooner than later. The CDC has been advising us all along that as we flatten the curve and numbers start to decrease, it is important to stay diligent because relaxing too soon could lead to a secondary spike in cases higher than the first.
We are urging you to stay home as much as you can.
If you must leave your home, we urge you to wear a mask. Again, if you are going into an essential business or in a public space where six foot distancing is not possible, it is required that you wear a mask.
Unfortunately, we have to continue to live apart from each other. The more we protect ourselves now, the sooner we get back to our normal ways of life.
For residents traveling into Massachusetts, the Governor has issued an order that requires you to quarantine within your home for 14 days. If you need assistance shopping for essential goods, please let us know by calling our COVID-19 hotline at 781-771-2121.
Lastly, we thank all of you for being understanding, for volunteering, for donations, and for being kind-hearted.
Please continue to help others in need and stay well.