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COVID-19 Testing in Nahant Suspended as Funding is Exhausted

COVID testing in Nahant is currently suspended starting today Jan. 5, 2021. While the recently passed COVID relief legislation by the Federal Government extended the CARES Act deadline, it did not include additional funding to municipalities for COVID related costs such as testing. Many communities are experiencing exhaustion of these funds as well and are having to suspend free local testing. However the town is  actively seeking ways to get testing back into Nahant.

Free COVID testing is still offered in surrounding communities for Nahant residents in Lynn, Revere, and Saugus to name a few. Please log on to for a list of testing locations and hours. We apologize for any inconvenience and will keep you updated with more information. If you have any questions please call Nahant’s COVID hotline at 781-771-2121 or call Town Hall at 781-581-0088.

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $67.4 Million in Additional Grants to 1,366 Businesses Most Impacted by the Pandemic

Note: The following is a press release from Gov. Charlie Baker’s office.

BOSTON – Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced $67.4 million in awards to 1,366 additional small businesses in a second round of grants through the COVID-19 Small Business Grant Program administered by the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC). Additionally, the new Sector-Specific Small Business Relief Grant Program, also administered by MGCC, is now accepting applications from businesses from sectors most impacted by the COIVD-19. Both grant programs are part of a new $668 million relief package announced last week.

The businesses being notified today of their successful grant application include many that are owned by minorities (50%) and women (48%). Restaurants and bars, beauty and personal services, health care and retail are among the top sectors receiving relief in this second round of awards. The first round of grants announced last week totaled nearly $49 million in support of 1,158 Massachusetts small businesses.

MGCC is continuing to review existing applications and will make awards over the coming weeks to companies that meet demographic and industry preferences. Businesses that have already applied to MGCC’s Small Business Grant Program do not need to reapply to the new program.

New Grant Program Accepting Applications

In addition to providing grants to businesses within the existing pool of applications for the Small Business Grant Program, applications are now being accepted for a new Sector-Specific Small Business Relief Grant Program that targets industries experiencing the most significant economic hardship and a loss of revenue. Industries given preference in this new program include:

  • Restaurants, bars, caterers, and food trucks
  • Indoor recreation and entertainment establishments
  • Gyms and fitness centers
  • Event-support companies (photographers, videographers, etc.)
  • Personal services (nail salons, barbershops, independent pharmacies, etc.)
  • Independent retailers

This new business relief program will offer grants up to $75,000, but not more than three months’ operating expenses, to be used for payroll and employee benefit costs, mortgage interest, rent, utilities and interest on other debt obligations.

The online application portal for the new program opened today, and will close on Friday, January 15. Awards are expected to be announced in February.

Program details, application instructions, eligibility and documentation requirements, and more are available at

Nahant’s 2020 Virtual Christmas Parade Is LIVE!

Stay safe, stay healthy,  enjoy the holidays and don’t forget our 2021 Nahant  graduates.  Scholarship donations can be sent made out to “Nahant Santa Parade” at Coastal Heritage Bank 28 Nahant Road, Nahant, MA. 01908. Please note “Nahant Santa Parade” on your check.

2020 Annual Street List Census Form

The 2020 Annual Street List Census Form has been mailed to residents. Please make any necessary changes and return them signed and dated. Please note, even if there are no changes at your residence the census form must be signed and returned by the date indicated on the form.

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An Update from the Anchor Food Pantry

The Anchor Food Pantry has moved from the front of the Swampscott High School to the Senior Center (in the back of the high school).  We are now offering our visitors the option to come in and choose grocery items.  We are open Mondays and Wednesdays from 11am until 1pm for all Swampscott and Nahant residents. The Anchor Food Panty can be reached for questions through email or their Facebook page.

FLU CLINIC FOR NAHANT RESIDENTS AND EMPLOYEES- September 28, 2022- To Register for the Clinic Click Here!