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Maine Quarantine Information from Camden Hawthorn Inn B&B

July 20th, 2020 by Hawthorn Inn B&B

Updated on November 2, 2020 for the travel restriction modifications effective November 4, 2020.

There are many questions with regards to Governor Mills’ Keep Maine Healthy program and a Maine Quarantine. The well-intended premise is to keep both Maine residents and tourists safe! What could be better than that?  Tourists, from anywhere, knowing that not only are they coming to a beautiful state with a relatively low infection rate and wide variety of outdoor activities, but also know that other people here are either infection free or staying clear of other people.  Visitors from states other than ME, NH, VT, or MA must sign a Certificate of Compliance when staying in a lodging facility.  The visitor must attest that ONE of the following is true:Maine COVID-19 Prevention Checklist logo

  • I have received a negative test result for COVID-19 on a specimen taken no longer than 72 hours prior to my arrival, consistent with Maine CDC guidance.
    OR
  • I will quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Maine or for the duration of the stay;
    OR
  • I have completed a 14-day quarantine in Maine prior to my stay.

The first bullet causes much angst for several reasons:

  • With an uptick in COVID-19 cases in many places, testing is not readily accessible in some states
  • If testing is available, it is often not possible to get results within 72 hours
  • To some visitors, testing is cost prohibitive

In states where it is not possible to know before you go, you may test in Maine. They are working on expanding the number of swab and send sites.  This currently presents some problem in that one must quarantine while waiting for the results.

Personally, I am not sure that I would want to subject myself to a COVID-19 test to go on vacation.  However, once one understands the quarantine requirements, it is my idea of a perfect vacation anyway!

Quarantine Requirements

According to Keep Maine Healthy’s Frequently Asked Questions for Visitors (Visitor FAQ), visitor’s may quarantine at a lodging establishment as long as they meet Maine’s quarantine requirements. The quarantine requirements allow for leaving your house (or place that you are staying) for outdoor exercise activities, such as swimming, hiking, provided that you abide by physical distancing guidelines and avoid contact with other people. For more information see Visit Maine Travel with Care page.

The Visitor FAQ specifically states that someone in quarantine may not visit Maine restaurants, businesses, and crowded public spaces and they may not use shared facilities and dining rooms.  Initially visitors comment, well why bother coming to Maine.  For some visitors, that may be true.  For many visitors, once they understand, it is not a big deal! Although one definitely does not want to miss the midcoast food scene, many are not up for eating in a restaurant. Many visitors are coming for the great outdoors and prefer NOT to be around many other people.

What can I do on my Maine “quarantine” vacation?

  1. Go hiking!  Check out our blog post on The Top 5 Hiking Trails near Camden.

    Hiking Maiden Cliff

    Hiking Maiden Cliff trail in Camden Hills State Park

  2. Get out on the water! You will need to make some modifications to the recommendations made in Water Activities in Maine. You would NOT be able to go on a public schooner ride, but there are several charter boats available for hire to create your own unique adventure for your appropriately sized private party. Cutter Owl has some pretty amazing ideas for your private charter adventure in compliance with COVID-19 guidance!

    Cutter Owl sailing in front of Curtis Island Light House

    Cutter Owl sailing in front of Curtis Island Light House

  3. Rent a row boat and row over to Curtis Island, picnic, and explore the island.

    Woman sitting on park bench on Curtis Island with Row Boat below

    Relaxing on a park bench after rowing over to Curtis Island

  4. Go explore the many lighthouses in the area.

    Owl's Head Lighthouse in MAine

    Owl’s Head Light

  5. Rent a bike from Maine Sport Outfitters using their contactless delivery service and explore the area. Plan ahead, deliveries must be scheduled at a minimum of 48 hours in advance.

    Working out while traveling-Couple riding bikes

    Rent Bikes

  6. Do a private history or haunted Teletour with Red Cloak Tours. A private guide will do a tour with your group on the phone and will tailor the tour for your interests. The tours are available in many coastal Maine communities.

Many of the same things one came to Maine to do before the novel corona virus!

Dining during my Maine “quarantine” vacation

Guests ask if I am “in quarantine” what will I eat? There are some restaurants that have opted not to open yet for indoor dining for the safety of their staff and guests and are ONLY doing contactless take out or delivery.  Including a few of those featured in the New York Times travel section article, 36 Hours in Camden and Rockport, Maine (and Environs); Long Grain, Nina June, and Boyton McKay.

4 Cold Toes Tacos and 2 glasses or red wine

Chef/Owner of Boynton-McKay, Brian Beggarly, is doing Take Out Tacos for Boynton-McKay to survive the pandemic. Innovative tacos with local, fresh ingredients. OUTSTANDING!

One can look at the Penobscot Bay Chamber of Commerce’s Who’s Open page to see who is doing curbside pickup or delivery. Curbside pick up and delivery meet the quarantine requirements.

Guest say, ok, but I don’t want to eat in my hotel room.  The local towns have set up picnic tables in the parks to provide seating for the take out services.  If you are staying at the Hawthorn Inn, there are ample places to eat outside on the grounds or on your deck so that you do not have to eat in your room.  (Unless it rains.) At the Hawthorn Inn, we are serving guest breakfasts on our socially distanced decks/patios or bringing a tray to guest room door.

You can still visit a Lobster Shack as well. McLoon’s is offering contactless ordering and carhop service!

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So as you can see, a “quarantine” Maine vacation complying with Governor Mills’ program is a safe vacation!  Check out our Promotions page, select your room and book your Maine vacation.

5 thoughts on “Maine Quarantine Information from Camden Hawthorn Inn B&B

  1. Kerry

    I will not be coming to Maine this year, too restrictive. It’s a shame MA is the only new England state subject to the requirements, when we have very good control of the issue here.

    1. Hawthorn Inn B&B

      Kerry, I am sorry that you will not be coming to Maine this year. It works for some and definitely not for others. Both MA and RI are subject to the restrictions. MA has certainly done a great job. It is not clear what metrics Dr. Shah and Commissioner Lambrew are using to make the determinations that they are making. I hope that you will be able to return to Maine without restrictions soon. Stay safe and well.

  2. KJ

    Trying to figure out how picking up takeout, being on a boat with a schooner captain, or renting bikes complies with Maine’s requirement that you avoid all local businesses. In fact I believe it specifically says that you can NOT pick up takeout and can only eat out if the restaurant delivers to your hotel.

    1. Hawthorn Inn B&B

      Thank you for your comments KJ. My apologies that these areas of my post were not specific enough. I have edited the blog and hopefully provided enough clarification so that it will not be misleading or misinterpreted.

      I completely agree, if you enter a restaurant for take out, that would violate the quarantine requirements of staying away from other people. On the other hand, many restaurants in the Camden area – including those I mentioned, take out is offered contactless. Payment is processed when the order is placed. The restaurant provides the time that the order will be available and puts the order in a place where the customer can retrieve it without interacting with restaurant staff.

      Depending upon the size of the boat and the size of the party chartering it, it is possible to adhere to the COVID-19 Checklist for Charter boats. The Captain of the charter would make that determination. I have also tried to clarify my wording in the post.

      Maine Sport Outfitters offers a contactless delivery service. I have now specified that.

      Thank you again. The intent of my post was not to bypass the Maine requirements. We are doing our part to adhere to them. I would not do anything to endanger our guests or our community. I hope this provides adequate clarification. Stay safe and well.

  3. Ronda

    Well my husband and I were thinking of coming to Vermont and up to Maine for our vacation next month. It sounds too restrictive for us. Are like shops, antique stores etc open? We are in Colorado and pretty much everything is open but masks are required. I really had hoped we could do this especially this time of year.

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