March 19, 2020
Maine’s ‘unbridged’ islands hunker down
By Laurie Schreiber
Islands in Maine without bridges to the mainland are taking special steps to protect residents from the threat of coronavirus.
“We’re taking our cues from our island communities,” [Mission President John] Zavodny said. “North Haven has taken the step of prohibiting non-island residents. Whether you agree with that decision or not, we think the spirit is a good one, of trying to self-isolate, trying to flatten the curve.”
The mission’s regularly scheduled island visits are suspended through March 31. However, the suspension doesn’t mean the mission is unavailable to island residents, he emphasized. His team is discussing ways to best support island residents during the pandemic and would like to hear their ideas.