COVID-19 Closures & Resources


Governor Charlie Baker has announced a "safer at home advisory" beginning May 18th

*links are on the bottom of the page for English, Spanish and Portuguese versions

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to be worn by everyone when out in public. This is to slow the spread of the virus.

Safe practices for food shopping, take out food, and gas station use (English) (Portuguese)

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.

Specific description of essential and non-essential services.

Important information from the Martha's Vineyard Emergency Management Committee. Safe practices for food shopping, take out and more. The information in Portuguese.

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 reducing service through at least 7/16/2020. Find the schedule on their site.

The Steamship Authority is requiring all employees and passengers to wear a cloth face covering. Passengers who choose to remain in their vehicles when boarding shall be required to remain inside their vehicles for the duration of the voyage if they do not possess a cloth face covering to wear outside of their vehicle. (Announced 4/30/20)

for the School Lunch Program update (in English)
for the School Lunch Program update (in Portuguese)

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

Beach Road Weekend has been cancelled.

Boston Marathon has been cancelled this year.

Camp Jabberwocky has cancelled it's summer programming.

Cape Cod Cultural Center will reopen on July 15th.

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

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

Cronig's Market is 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.

The Feast of the Holy Ghost scheduled for July 18-19 has been cancelled.

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

The 159th Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society Livestock Show and Fair is cancelled this summer.

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

Martha's Vineyard Marathon has been postponed to September 26th.

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

Martha's Vineyard Playhouse has cancelled their 2020 summer season.

Mass Audubon has closed its nature centers including Felix Neck until further notice.

The Narrows Center For the Arts is postponing all concerts.

Newport Folk and Newport Jazz festivals have been cancelled.

The 45th annual Oak Bluffs Firemen's Civic Association Fireworks scheduled for August 21st has been cancelled.

Pathways MV is temporarily closed.

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 is closed until further notice.

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 further notice.


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: