March 5, 2021
Visiting Maine in 2021
To protect public health and support Maine’s economy during our busy tourism season, Governor Mills has announced the “Moving Maine Forward” plan, which provides clear, predictable guidance for Maine people, business, and visitors to plan for the summer and further establishes Maine as a safe place to visit.
Helpful links for to help visitors plan their adventure and know what to expect when they get here.
- Keep Maine Healthy FAQ
- The Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention
- The Maine Department of Economic and Community Development
- The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- The U.S. Travel Association
September 23, 2020
States Exempted From Quarantine or Testing Requirements
- Connecticut (Effective July 3, 2020)
- New Hampshire (Effective June 26, 2020)
- New Jersey (Effective July 3, 2020)
- New York (Effective July 3, 2020)
- Vermont (Effective June 26, 2020)
- Massachusetts (Effective Sept. 23, 2020)
Maine considers a number of quantitative and qualitative measures in making this determination, which is designed to protect public health.
September 1, 2020
The State of Maine, its communities, and its diverse tourism and hospitality industries know that visitors want to travel to locations that are safe and healthy, and they want to enjoy the communities, businesses and outdoor locations that make Maine so special.
To that end, Maine has launched the Keep Maine Healthy plan, designed to be a multilayered approach that aims to protect Maine people, protect visitors, and support Maine small businesses by reducing, to the greatest extent possible, COVID-19 risks associated with travel.
July 3, 2020
Visitor Status Update
The State is exempting residents from the following states from the testing and 14-day quarantine requirement for travel and lodging: Vermont and New Hampshire (effective June 26) and Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey (effective July 3). For more details visit Visit Keep Maine Healthy
June 22, 2020
June 8, 2020
Testing as an Alternative to Quarantine
Visitors travel to Maine to enjoy our scenery, our outdoors, our restaurants, and our stores. They neither want to quarantine upon arrival nor want to risk their own health when venturing out in places with visitors from across the nation. The same holds true for people with second homes in Maine or Mainers whose work takes them out of state for periods of time.
Under Keep Maine Healthy,
- The State will allow adults who obtain and receive a negative COVID-19 test no later than 72 hours prior to arrival to forgo the 14-day quarantine upon arrival in Maine. This test indicates that, even when coming from areas with a higher prevalence of the disease than Maine’s, such visitors are unlikely to have COVID-19 and to spread it to Maine residents and other visitors. Individuals may be tested in Maine, but they must quarantine while awaiting the results.
- Maine is strongly urging visitors to “Know Before You Go,” and be tested and receive results in their home state before traveling to Maine, which will allow them to take appropriate action depending on the result. Websites like Get Tested COVID-19 show local testing options nationwide.
- The State will exempt residents of New Hampshire and Vermont from the testing and 14-day quarantine requirement altogether, effective immediately for travel and effective June 12 for stays in lodging establishments. When adjusted for population, the prevalence of active cases of COVID-19 in these states is similar to that in Maine. There is no other state with as low a prevalence of COVID-19 within a 12-hour drive. The State will continue to evaluate possible additional exemptions based on trends in other states.
- People who are not Maine, New Hampshire, or Vermont residents must complete a Certificate of Compliance form indicating they have received a negative COVID-19 test result, that they will quarantine in Maine for 14 days, or that they have already completed their quarantine in Maine.
- This Certificate of Compliance must be provided to check-in at all Maine lodging, campgrounds, seasonal rentals, and other commercial lodgings, such as Airbnb. Visitors may be asked to furnish proof of the negative test result upon request.
- This will become effective July 1 (Stage 3) when lodging establishments may begin serving residents outside of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. The Department of Economic and Community Development, in conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services, has prepared a draft form for public feedback and will finalize in the coming week. Signing a compliance form in order to stay in lodging establishments is also a policy employed by both the States of New Hampshire and Vermont.
May 8, 2020
Rural Reopening Plan
Plan will allow for reopening of certain businesses in rural Maine with safety precautions, timeline aligns with neighboring New Hampshire
Governor Janet Mills today announced a rural reopening plan aimed at reopening certain additional businesses in rural Maine over the course of the next two weeks with added health and safety measures.
Under the plan, retail stores and restaurants will be permitted to open to in-store and some dine-in service, respectively – with enhanced safety precautions – in counties where community transmission is not present. Those counties are Aroostook, Piscataquis, Washington, Hancock, Somerset, Franklin, Oxford, Kennebec, Waldo, Knox, Lincoln, and Sagadahoc.
Retail stores in these counties are permitted to open on Monday, May 11, 2020 with added health and safety precautions. These include but are not limited to: restricting the number of customers in a store at one time, enhanced cleaning practices, and touch-free transactions whenever possible.
Restaurants in these same counties are permitted to open on Monday, May 18, 2020 with added health and safety precautions, including physically distancing customers, ensuring employees follow enhanced hygiene and sanitation practices, and controlling customer flow through reservations whenever possible. The May 11 and May 18 timelines align with the opening of the same businesses in New Hampshire.
Additionally, 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.
May 1, 2020
Stage One – Restarting maine
Maine is currently in Stage 1 of Governor Mills’ reopening plan. Running from May 1 to 31, it continues the prohibition on gatherings of more than ten people as well as the 14-day self-quarantine of all people entering Maine. At-risk people should stay at home when possible.
For Maine residents and those who have been in the state for more than 14 days the following businesses will be allowed to reopen:
- Guided outdoor activities (Hunting, Fishing)
- Guided boating (10 or fewer customers)
- State-owned public lands trails
- State Parks and Historic sites, but coastal sites will remain closed.
- Golf Courses and Disc Golf Courses
- Drive-in theaters
While these businesses can reopen by implementing the proper precautions, some may choose not to. Please check ahead to be sure.
Lodging establishments, including campgrounds, will not reopen until Stage 2, on June 1, 2020. This and the above actions are subject to change at any point. Visit Restarting Maine for the most up-to-date information.
April 3, 2020
COVID-19 Related CLOSURES & RESTRICTIONS in Maine
During this time, our first concern is the safety and well-being of our locals and visitors alike. Now is the time to stay put and stay safe. We all remain hopeful and when the time is right we will be here to help you go your own way in Maine’s Kennebec Valley.
- On March 31, 2020, Janet Mills issued a series of substantial new mandates to protect public health and safety in the face of COVID-19, including a Stay Healthy at Home directive that requires people living in Maine to stay at home at all times unless for an essential job or an essential personal reason, such as obtaining food, medicine, health care, or other necessary purposes.
- The Executive Order is in effect at 12:01 a.m. on April 2, 2020 and will last until at least April 30, 2020. The Governor may amend, rescind, or renew this timeline at her discretion. The Governor also extended the closure of restaurants and bars statewide for dine-in customers until at least April 30, 2020 to align with the Executive Order.
- We have closed the information portion of the state visitor information centers until further notice. The restrooms will remain open during this time.
- As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, effective March 28, 2020, Concord Coach Lines will suspend all operations until further notice.
- Being outside is great for the mind and spirit, but please take precautions during this unprecedented time with these tips from the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.
Quarantine Restrictions on Travelers
On Friday, April 3, 2020, Governor Janet Mills issued an Executive Order mandating that travelers arriving in Maine, regardless of their state of residency, self-quarantine for 14 days to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Visitor Resources: Maine CDC