As normal for this time of year, we have already closed all the camps by mid March, but a new order came out from our Governor yesterday defining Maine’s new lodging restrictions.
We will continue to take reservation for May (for ice out fishing) and beyond with the understanding that things may change with more restrictions for lodging being possible. If you do plan to travel in Maine after this restriction, please continue to be considerate of others, keep your physical distancing, shop at home and not in the small communities, and stay healthy.
We hope if people can restrain from traveling this month and even into May, we all will be able to look forward to a healthy summer season.
These new orders are effective from April 5th through April 31st.
- To preserve the public health and safety, to ensure the public health and health delivery system are capable of serving all, and to help protect those at the highest risk and vulnerability, any person, resident or non-resident, traveling into Maine must immediately self-quarantine for 14 days or for the balance of 14 days dating from the day of arrival, except when engaging in essential services as defined in Executive Order 19FY 19/20.
- The Department of Transportation and the Maine Turnpike Authority are hereby directed to post a summary of this Order at all major points of entry into Maine and on highway message boards. The Portland Jetport, the Bangor International Airport and all other Maine airports, all bus stations and passenger train stations are also directed to post the substance of this Order.
- Guidance for self-quarantine may be made available by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Visitors are instructed not to travel to Maine if they are displaying symptoms ofCOVID-19, and are advised not to travel to Maine if they are traveling from cities and regions identified as COVID-19 “hot spots,” including, among others, the cities of Detroit, Chicago and New York City. In addition, residents of the States of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut should refrain from travel to Maine in strict compliance with USCDC travel guidance issued Saturday, March 28, 2020 and any subsequent travel guidance that may be issued during the pendency of this Order. 2
5. For the purpose of clarifying Essential Services as defined in 19FY 19/20, effective April5, 2020 at 12:00 noon, all lodging operations and accommodations shall close except to the extent of providing lodging for the purposes stated below. Lodging operations and accommodations are defined to include, but not limited to, hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, inns, short term rentals, such as those made available through VRBO, Homeaway, AirBnb and other services, parks for recreational vehicles and campgrounds, and all public and private camping facilities.
Lodging may be provided only for the following purposes:
a.Housing vulnerable populations, including children in emergency placements, persons at risk of domestic violence, and homeless individuals as permitted by the State.
b.Providing accommodations for health care workers, or other workers deemed necessary to support public health, public safety or critical infrastructure.
c.Use of lodging properties as self-quarantine or self-isolation facilities as arranged by the State.
d.Limited verifiable extenuating circumstances for the care and safety of residents as otherwise approved by the State. On-line reservations shall be suspended, and lodging providers shall post a prominent notice on their web platforms to advise potential guests that reservations for lodging in Maine, as allowed above, shall be accepted by phone only. Lodging providers may permit existing guests to remain through the end of their scheduled stay but may not allow stay extensions or new reservations, except for the purposes set forth above.
6.All state agencies and departments, including the offices of elected officials in the Executive Branch, which register, regulate or license lodging facilities, shall provide an electronic advisory regarding the suspension of lodging operations, consistent with this Executive Order. d to be a violation of any such license, permit or other authorization to which pertinent penalties may be assessed.
You can read the full document here : https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MEHHS/bulletins/284e4e8