Nantucket Beaches: Covid 19 Guidelines

The Town of Nantucket has developed a plan in compliance with state guidelines for beaches open to the public. This plan, effective as of June, 11th is subject to change. 

Some of the key points include:

Face Coverings and Masks

  • All beach visitors shall comply with Massachusetts COVID-19 Order 31: Order Requiring Face Coverings in Public Places Where Social Distancing is Not Possible. The order requires any person over the age of 2, whether indoors or outdoors, to wear a face-covering or mask when they cannot maintain 6 feet of distance between themselves and others unless they have a medical condition preventing them from doing so.
  • Masks ARE NOT required to be worn (and should not be) while swimming.

Group Size

  • Per Massachusetts COVID-19 Order 13: Order Prohibiting Gatherings of More Than 10 People, no groups larger than 10 are allowed to gather.
  • To allow for adequate social distancing for ingress, egress, and transit across the beach, beach capacity must accommodate a minimum of 12 feet distance between toweling/beach blanket groups.

User Guidelines

  • Beach visitors are required to maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet or more at all times and visitors should maintain at least 12 feet minimum distance between toweling/beach blanket areas.
  • Organized ball games and activities including, but not limited to, volleyball, Kan Jam, spikeball, football, soccer are not allowed. NON-contact, unorganized games such as catch and Kadima, are allowed with social distancing.
  • Beach visitors shall abide by social distancing standards for bathroom lines and follow any established visual guidelines for maintaining a 6’ distance in all restroom facilities.
  • A minimum distance of 6 feet shall be maintained between lifeguards and between the public and lifeguard stands unless in the case of an emergency.
  • Nantucket Lifeguards will post zone markers to maintain a 6-foot distance on all sides of the stand.


The entire plan, which includes information in regards to oversand driving, restrooms, vendors, can be downloaded here.

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