COVID-19 Closures & Resources


Register for the statewide text-based notification system that delivers important information about the Commonwealth's COVID-19 response. Text "COVIDMA" to 888-777.

Register for CodeRED - Our Island-wide Emergency Alert System to receive important messages and emergency alerts.

Guidance related to the executive order from Governor Baker that closes all non-essential businesses by noon on Tuesday, March 24th.

Specific description of essential and non-essential services.

Important information from the Martha's Vineyard Emergency Management Committee. Releases from Friday, March 20 about social distancing, and from Saturday, March 21 asking seasonal residents to NOT travel to the Vineyard at this time.

Information from Dukes County Emergency Management including 24 COVID-19 State Hotline, Mass State Cases map and Governor Charlie Baker's Order from March 15.

Resources from Martha's Vineyard Hospital. FAQs about the Coronavirus, what to do if you think you're sick, and daily updates.

MV Community Services
is still providing necessary services, with some adjustments. See their site for changes. They are also helping coordinate volunteers for other Island nonprofits experiencing shortages.

Martha's Vineyard Community Television
is producing video updates with Vineyard Emergency Management personnel. These videos can be viewed on-demand at their site.

The Community Health Center of Cape Cod has resources and alerts.

List of Emergency Day Care centers provided by exempt entities. Priority will be given to health-care workers, grocery store employees, emergency response personnel, law enforcement, transportation and sanitation workers, and others who may have no options.


The Steamship Authority
: The SSA is slightly reducing service starting 3/22/2020. Find the schedule on their site.

Martha's Vineyard Public Schools, along with ALL Massachusetts Public Schools are closed until 5/4.

Aquinnah Community Emergency Response team has postponed its shelter volunteer and fire safety training, scheduled for March 28th.

Cape Cod Cultural Center will be closed until mid-April.

Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster: March events canceled, including Gills club.

Cape Light Compact is limiting social interactions and suspending their door to door Main Streets Initiatives scheduled for April.

Cronig's Market: They have temporarily closed their up-Island location. They are providing regular updates, along with requests for Best Practices while shopping, on their Facebook page.

Falmouth Public Libraries will be closed to the public, but staff will be available as a resource by phone and email.

Falmouth Senior Center will be closed, but staff can meet by appointment and will be available by phone.

Gus Canty Recreation Center will be closed, but staff will be available as a resource by phone and email.

Island Grown Initiative's Farm is closed to the public until further notice. You are still welcome to come by and dump your home food waste into this container, but please stay outside the fence line.

Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce: Perfect Pitch is postponed.

Martha's Vineyard Museum is closed through April 17.

The Martha's Vineyard Oyster Fest has been postponed until October 2-4.

Mass Audubon has closed its nature centers including Felix Neck through the end of March.

The Narrows Center For the Arts is postponing all concerts.

The New England Songwriting Competition has moved the awards ceremony to May 2nd.

Oak Bluffs & Tisbury Local Drop Offs/Recycling Centers and the Transfer Station (Bruno’s) will only be open on Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 7:00 AM to 2:45 PM. Effective Monday, March 23, 2020.

Pathways will be closed until March 30.

Sail MV's Appreciation Night scheduled for April 10th is cancelled and they have some information about upcoming courses.

Tisbury Senior Center will have no activities until further notice. Only staff and by appointment can access building.

Vineyard Haven Public Library will close Monday 3/16, for two weeks.

Vineyard Montessori School: their annual Big Night out is postponed until a later date, TBA.

Warming centers at The Federated Church and at the Oak Bluffs location on Pacific Avenue is closed.

West Tisbury Public Library will be close to the public, but staff will be available as a resource by phone and email.

The Yard's Adult Winter Dance Classes are cancelled.

YMCA MV will be closed until 5/3.


Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)
– This group is actively looking for doctors, nurses, nursing
administrators, ward clerks, nurse’s aides, etc. Anyone who has a good level of knowledge of
medical care and administrative services can help. Those who want to help must provide a
CORI background check. Contact:

Red Cross – This group is for those who want to help set up and take care of disaster shelters,
or help those effected by disasters. Contact Disaster Program Manager, Edward Blanchard:

Salvation Army – Traditionally this group is a supply and food network. People here are
locally trained in ServSafe and ready to feed people at shelters. They also help with critical
supplies donated from other branches of volunteer service. Contact Salvation Army Coordinator Rick Reinhardsen:

Citizens Emergency Response Team (CERT) – This group trains regularly to help on a
community level for basic needs and Emergency Services. There is currently only one on the
Island in Aquinnah. They are accepting volunteers from other towns to grow and gain ground
Island-wide. Contact Aquinnah Emergency Manager, Gary Robinson:

Martha’s Vineyard Community Services (MVCS) – This is now a great gathering place for
a host of local volunteer organizations. Many have reached out to them to help with Elderly
care, food delivery, school food programs, etc. They can be reached here: https://www.mvcommunityservice...

Dukes County Website – A list of the Island outreach and coordination is here where the
County has asked many parties to join in on support services. That can be done here: