The rich, of course, have been fleeing plagues for centuries, but the plagues often catch up to them anyway. Officials on Nantucket have issued the state's first shelter-in-place order following the island's first diagnosed case of Covid-19.
A bit late, Gov. Baker today asked people with second homes on Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard to stay away.
Nantucket Cottage Hospital has one bed that can be used for intensive care. The hospital pleads with rich people:
We are also advising anyone traveling to the island, or anyone who has come here to shelter from other cities or towns, that Nantucket has limited medical resources and a surge of cases could quickly overwhelm our hospital. If you have a choice to be on Nantucket or not, we are requesting that you make the decision to stay off the island to avoid a potentially dire scenario for our community and our hospital.
The official order - bans people who are not full-time residents from coming to the island except in certain emergency categories, but lets people who are not full-time residents leave the island. Any off-islander who does not have an emergency reason to be on the island but who shows up anyway will be required to self quarantine for 14 days.