Wealthy urbanites flocking to their summer homes on Nantucket to sit out the pandemic


Not necessarily Nantucket; but, you get the idea

Wealthy East Coast urbanites are flocking to their second homes in Nantucket, a tiny island 30 miles off the coast of Massachusetts, to wait out the coronavirus pandemic…Locals have noticed the influx in the form of a line of private jets at the airport, and BMWs and Mercedes-Benzes from New York and Connecticut…

Located off the coast of Cape Cod, Nantucket is a popular summer vacation spot known for its picturesque dune-swept beaches, high-end shopping, and seafood restaurants. It’s home to about 11,300 full-time residents…a number that swells to as many as 46,000 in the summer. The median home value on the island is more than $1.6 million.

But affluent city-dwellers fleeing to the summer destination may want to reconsider that decision.

Nantucket, which had two confirmed cases of the coronavirus as of Tuesday, is a “medical desert,” with only 14 hospital beds, three ventilators, zero intensive care units, and a shortage of doctors, (says) Gary Shaw, the CEO of Nantucket Cottage Hospital…

The island typically brings in more doctors in the summertime to account for the vacation crowds, but that likely won’t happen now because hospitals across the country are in need of doctors, Shaw said.

Tick, tock. Tick, tock. Might not be allowed to leave once you get there, either.

One thought on “Wealthy urbanites flocking to their summer homes on Nantucket to sit out the pandemic

  1. p/s says:

    Idaho: The resort community of McCall’s economic sustainability depends on opening its collective arms to visitors. But COVID-19 has changed everything. In fact, out-of-area license plates are now met with shaming in store parking lots. https://www.boisestatepublicradio.org/post/mccall-shadow-covid-19-shaming-parking-lot-police-airport#stream/0
    “….Last week an airplane flew into the McCall Airport from Seattle, which of course, is a hotbed of the COVID-19 infections. The flight plan was filed, they knew he was coming, and of course, part of our emergency order is only essential traffic into the airports, such as air ambulances and things like that. But the fellow ignored it, the order, and decided he was an essential service, so they flew in.
    We had three police cars go out to the McCall Airport to greet the plane. He got out of the plane, and they spoke to the chief of police or to the officer. And he said, “Well, I was just here to visit with my construction crew, who was building my home here. And I thought that it would just be a quick in, quick out and I wouldn’t even be in contact with anyone.” Well, they said that doesn’t qualify as an essential service. Told him to get back into the airplane and go back to Seattle, and that’s what he did. And that’s what we have going on here right now, George. We’re turning people away at the gate.

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