Key Announcements, Restrictions and Travel Alerts
Governor Mills Issues Executive Order Mandating Quarantine Restrictions on Travelers Arriving in Maine to Protect Public Health and SafetyOn 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.
Key points of the order:
- Requires anyone entering Maine to self-quarantine for 14 days and abide by Maine’s Stay Healthy at Home Order.
- Instructs visitors not to travel to Maine if they are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 and advises them not to travel to Maine if they are traveling from cities or regions identified as COVID-19 hot spots.
- Suspends lodging operations, including hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, inns, and short-term rentals such as those available through VRBO Airbnb, RV parks and campgrounds, and all public and private camping facilities as well as online reservations effective April 5, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.
- The Order exempts individuals who are providing essential services as defined by Governor Mills’ March 24 Executive Order.
National Travel Related Announcements
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has compiled a list of considerations for U.S. travelers. Find them here.
- Please refer to the CDC for the most up-to-date travel recommendations and information.
COVID-19 Related Closures & Restrictions in Maine
- 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.
- Most of Maine’s downhill ski areas have closed for the season or have suspended operations. Check with any Maine ski area you are planning to visit before your trip.
- L.L.Bean has closed all its U.S. retail stores until further notice, including its flagship store in Freeport. Bean’s online operations remain open and phone ordering is still available.
- Many cruise lines have implemented suspensions and schedule changes. Please check with the individual cruise line for the most updated information. Additionally, Canada has banned cruise-ship visits until July 1, a move that will almost certainly mean fewer cruise ships will visit Maine since many ships call on Maine ports on their way to or from Canada.
- We have closed the information portion of the state visitor information centers until further notice. The restrooms will remain open during this time.
- Beginning Monday, April 13, 2020, Amtrak's Downeaster service will be temporarily suspended through at least April 30, 2020. Check the Downeaster website for changes in schedules and for information on how passengers can change or cancel reservations without penalty.
- As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, effective March 28, 2020, Concord Coach Lines will suspend all operations until further notice.
- Acadia National Park has closed all park roads, facilities, restrooms, carriage roads, campgrounds, visitor centers, and visitor services. For more information, check the park’s current conditions page.
- Effective Friday, March 27 at 12:01 am, the following Midcoast and Southern Maine coastal State Parks and beaches are closed until April 8: Reid State Park, Popham Beach State Park, Fort Popham, Fort Baldwin, Kettle Cove State Park, Two Lights State Park, Crescent Beach State Park, Scarborough Beach State Park, Ferry Beach State Park, and Mackworth Island so as to proactively support physical distancing.
- Several communities have closed public beaches in an effort to promote physical distancing.
Beach Closure List of Southern Maine Coastal Towns:
Kittery - Fort Foster, Crescent Beach, Seapoint Beach, until further notice.
Wells - all public beaches closed until further notice.
Ogunquit - Marginal Way and all Ogunquit beaches closed until further notice.
York - all beaches are closed 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.
- Please refer to the FAQs complied by the CDC.
- Arriving by air? Check with these Maine airports for specific coronavirus information or for links to the airlines serving each community.
Bangor International Airport
Hancock County – Bar Harbor Airport
Knox County Regional Airport (Rockland)
Portland International Jetport
Presque Isle International Airport
- For travelers driving to Maine, the Maine Turnpike has this coronavirus information about its service plazas.
- For visitors traveling by ferry, the Maine State Ferry Service has this information about the coronavirus and how it is impacting their vessels and terminals. The Casco Bay Lines ferry service—which sails in Casco Bay from its headquarters in Portland—is also responding to the virus.
How to Protect Your Health
- The CDC recommends that you wash your hands often, avoid touching your face, and avoid close contact with others. Find all their recommended preventative measures here.
As we all practice physical distancing, here are a few tips and ideas for staying active, healthy and inspired by the Pine Tree State.
- Show your support for Maine’s makers, artisans and craftsmen by shopping online for unique Maine-made goods.
- Take a musical journey around the state with the Maine Academy of Modern Music.
- Crack open a book by a Maine author.
- Make some popcorn and watch a movie that was filmed in Maine.
- Restaurants, coffee shops, music venues and so many more local businesses need you now more than ever. And Pay It Forward Maine helps us all find a way to safely pitch in and support them during this unprecedented time.
- Maine children’s book author Chris Van Dusen will be reading some of his stories on his Facebook page. Gather round and listen up.
- Share some of your favorite Maine scenes on Instagram with #MaineThing and follow @visitmaine.
- Maine Maritime Museum is the first museum in Maine to join Google Arts & Culture. Visit our online exhibit Maine and the Sea for an incredible, close-up look at some of the works in our collection.
- Visit a national park with the virtual tour of Acadia on Google Earth
- The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is closed through April 30 and as of now, they are moving forward with that.
- Check the Northern Solstice Alpaca Farm YouTube channel for a chance to have a virtual tour of a Maine alpaca farm.
- Take on some of Maine’s most famous, and picturesque, hikes without ever leaving home. Thanks to these guided video adventures from Aislinn Sarnacki.
- The Maine Brew Bus is hosting live daily virtual brewery tours from their Instagram account at 3:00 PM, 4:00 PM, and 5:00 PM.
- Play, learn and let the kiddos’ imaginations loose with “At Home Together,” a virtual educational program from The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine. Tune in to their Facebook livestream every day to see what’s new.
- Get to know some furry and feathered friends on an audio tour of the The Maine Wildlife Park.
- Find your favorite piece in a virtual tour of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art.
- Peruse more than 350 historical online exhibits of The Maine Memory Network from the Maine Historical Society.
- Ever dream of hiking the Appalachian Trail? There is a new app for iOS that allows anyone to virtually hike the Appalachian Trail. Walk the Distance is designed to use your iPhone's pedometer feature to track the number of steps you take and chart that activity in terms of the AT. How about starting with the Maine portion of the trail!
- Every day at 10 a.m., Maine Center for Wildlife Ambassadors hold a Facebook Live Morning Meeting to highlight adorable and fascinating animals. Have a meet and greet with all kinds of critters including Henry the porcupine and Perry the peregrine falcon. Videos are posted to the website and YouTube channel shortly after the Facebook Live ends.
- Love lighthouses? Visit a Maine lighthouse virtually. A new lighthouse featured about every two weeks.
- “Moments in Nature” video of Katahdin Woods and Waters by Scot Miller
Watch this short video to bask in the tranquility of the national monument’s views of mountains, ponds, and rivers. This video, which was played on CBS Sunday Morning, comes courtesy of Scot Miller.
- Old Town Presents: Monumental by Pamola Creative and Cait Bourgault
Weeks after the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument designation, a crew of adventure photographers set out to explore its beauty. Check out the video to see one wild trip featuring a 22-mile paddle down the East Branch of the Penobscot River, a 21-mile bike ride along the Katahdin Loop Road, and a 21-mile hike up the International Appalachian Trail.
- Portland Ovations has created Arts Integration at Home, a library of activities to use for at-home learning. Download ways to get your kid moving, imagining, and learning like narrative pantomime, theater & vocabulary, and people-to-people.
- The Maine Island Trail Association does a virtual Lunch & Learn series each Friday featuring MITA experts. It’s a great chance to learn about the protection and enjoyment of the wild islands of coastal Maine.
- The Maine State Archives is using virtual reality to give the public the chance to visit and learn about some of Maine’s most notable places.
- Take an audio journey along Maine’s coast with Salts & Waters, a podcast covering Maine’s maritime heritage.