Key Announcements, Restrictions and Travel Alerts
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
- Gov. Janet Mills has ordered that all restaurants and bars statewide close to dine-in customers through April 8. Carry-out and home delivery can continue.
- The Governor also prohibited all gatherings in Maine of more than 10 people that are not essential or work related. This includes conferences and venues such as fitness centers and private clubs.
- 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 through March 29, 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.
- Amtrak’s Downeaster rail service from Boston to Maine is being limited due to the pandemic. 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.
- Support your local restaurants with take-out or curb-side pick-up.
- 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’ open date is April 15 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.
- Hidden Roots Maple Farm in Limerick, Maine - offering free virtual tours of the sugar house.
- Camp Beech Cliff – a daily Facebook Morning Circle video
- Take on some of Maine’s most famous, and picturesque, hikes without ever leaving home. Thanks to these guided video adventures from Aislinn Sarnacki.