Again, we hope you are all well and staying safe during this time.
Just an update: On March 25th, our governor here in Maine issued mandates regarding this state. At that time, we were told we could not offer our cabins until June 1st, and only to residents of Maine, unless visitors could isolate for 2 weeks in Maine.
With ice out on Big Wood on May 1st, we had to turn away quite a few people who simply wanted to fish at the best time of the year. PLUS cancel those who had already made reservations. We understand it but it did not make it any easier to do. As in our last post regarding this pandemic, I stated my views on this saying that if people would just do the basics, maintain safe distances and wear a face covering in public, we could all stay healthy and get back to work.
While recording positive cases of Covid 19, the Maine CDC found that many rural counties have not been impacted by the virus as much as others. Governor Mills issued a statement today to reopen some businesses in rural counties, Somerset, our county is included in this.
On May 18th, we are permitted to rent out our cabins to Maine visitors.
“remote campsites as well as sporting camps, which provide access to wilderness activities such as canoeing, hiking, hunting or fishing, are also permitted to open with public health safeguards in these same counties only on Monday, May 18th to Maine residents or those who have completed the 14 day quarantine.”
We are hoping that if this goes well, with no increase in cases, she may allow non Maine residents also to stay at camps in Maine.
Do not be offended if we ask you if you live in Maine and if you have self quarantined. We want to reopen and are going to trust that you can respect your own as well as others safety and health.
We will also ask that you bring food and other things you may need with you from home. Retail stores and eateries can be open (as part of this ruling) with restrictions. These include social distancing and face coverings. We will have masks (made by one of our favorite guests) available if you do not have one. We are suggesting though, that you bring masks or even simple bandanas to use during your stay.
There are so many things that you can enjoy in our region while staying at Cozy Cove Cabins so to ask that you maintain distance from others around camp and in town or put a bandana around your face when in closer contact to others is not too much to ask. Everyone needs to understand that although you have no symptoms, you could be a carrier.
As for changes here at camp?
Our Lobby: Payment for your camp on arrival will need to be done by one person only entering our office. We will be glad and look forward to mingle and meet the rest of the family outside. The saddest part for me is, no hugging or handshakes when you arrive or leave. If your borrow any games or books from our lobby, please return them to us so we can sanitize them before placing them back on the shelves. We may also remove the extra sweets we always have available for our guests. Dirty fingers and all?
Our Cabins: We have always cleaned our cabins with sanitizers and bleach on surfaces we could and Lysol on all other surfaces including wiping TV remotes, doorknobs, etc. Now we plan to also sanitize surfaces before we clean the cabins and then wait a bit for that to work. This may take us a little more time to prepare for the next guest. SO if you are arriving the day some one vacated your cabin, we cannot promise the cabin will be ready for our normal 2pm check in. Please be patient with us. With that said also, on the day of your departure, please be sure to vacate by 10am. Usually we welcome people to stay a bit longer when requested. This is still OK to do as long as we have access to the cabins. Another thought regarding bedding: If you choose to bring your own blankets, sleeping bags, or pillows, that is fine. We only ask (as we do ALL THE TIME) is that you remove our bedding before laying or sleeping on the beds.
We have not decided what to do about boat rentals. I have been researching this and as of yet, not determined if and how long it takes for sunlight to destroy this virus on hard surfaces as well as our life jackets. So it is possible we can still offer boats or kayaks as long as they are out in the sun before the next person chooses to use it. OR we may offer the rental (small charge) but on a daily rate use only. Please bring your own life jackets if you have them. And feel free to call us prior to your stay for more up to date choices and information.
We assume there will be some guidance or guidelines issued by the state or CDC soon which we will follow. But as of today, this is our basic plan.
We are still taking reservation from people in Maine or out of state. If rulings in Maine do not change to include out of state reservations, we will let you know as soon as we know.
If you have a reservation with us and feel you need to cancel, please do so when you decide. If you become ill or in contact with someone with a positive covid 19 and your physician recommends you isolate, please call us. We will not charge the deposit due for a cancellation for this reason even when made within 2 weeks of your reservation.
We hope to see you this summer, healthy and ready to enjoy what our regions has to offer.