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The latest

• Gov. Charlie Baker’s March 23, 2020 order requiring all businesses and organizations that do not provide “COVID-19 Essential Services” to close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, customers and the public as of Tuesday, March 24th does not apply to transporation agencies such as the Steamship Authority.

We ask our customers to maintain precautionary measures, such as frequent hand washing and maintaining “social distance,” while on board Authority vessels and buses.

• Effective Sunday, we are reducing our scheduled trips to and from Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket in response to a sharply lower demand for travel to both islands. This reduced schedule currently runs through April 2. Visit www.steamshipauthority.com/schedules for the updated schedule.

• Martha’s Vineyard Hospital and Nantucket Cottage Hospital have asked the Steamship Authority to post a joint statement to residents and visitors of the islands. Please view the statement here.

• Due to the ongoing concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus, the Woods Hole, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Steamship Authority is delaying for at least three weeks the return of its high-speed vessel, the M/V Iyanough, to service. The vessel had been scheduled to return to service April 3; the earliest it will return to service is now April 24, 2020. The decision to delay the return is in response to an anticipated lack of demand for travel in the current climate, as well as an effort on the part of the Authority to limit its costs during this period of uncertainty.

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