Travel Resources: COVID-19

The health and safety of our visitors is our top priority. The Maine Tourism Association will keep visitors up to date with current closures, travel precautions, and resources related to COVID-19.

Visitor Information

Face Coverings: As of July 28, 2021, Maine will follow the U.S. CDC’s updated face-covering guidance that recommends all people, regardless of vaccination status, wear face coverings in indoor, public settings in areas with “substantial” or “high” levels of community transmission. To see which Maine counties the CDC recommends face covering be worn in public indoor settings, go here. This list is updated daily.

Domestic Traveler Policies: Under the Moving Maine Forward plan, Maine has shifted its COVID-19 travel policy as of May 1, 2021 to automatically exempt all states from the requirement to test or quarantine, unless a state is otherwise determined by the Maine CDC as being high risk. If one or more states see a spike in cases of highly contagious COVID-19 variants, Maine will apply its test or quarantine requirement to travelers to and from that state. The Maine CDC will publicly announce any such states when they are identified.

International Traveler Policies: Travelers from other countries who are eligible to travel to the United States under national guidelines and who have been fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine but should get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel. Those who are not fully vaccinated and who arrive in Maine within 7 days of entering the U.S. must quarantine for 7 days from arrival in the U.S. AND get a COVID-19 molecular or antigen test 3-5 days after arrival in the U.S.

Please remember to continue to follow these safety measures as you travel throughout Maine:

  • While the State of Maine does not require masks for individuals who are fully vaccinated, individual businesses may implement their own rules regarding mask wearing. Be sure to bring a face covering for venturing out to public places where they may be required.
  • Wash and sanitize your hands regularly.
  • Avoid unnecessary contact with people outside of your travel party.
  • If you are feeling sick or experiencing any symptoms, contact a healthcare professional immediately.

    From the Maine Office of Tourism

 

Travel to Canada - for up-to-date information go here

 

Maine Business Information

COVID-19 Prevention Checklists can be found here.

State Grant Opportunities

 

The Maine Jobs and Recovery Small Business Grant Program

This program is an initiative of the Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan. The program provides grants for small businesses and non-profit organizations targeted at supporting capital intensive businesses that still need immediate short-term help to sustain operations.

The State of Maine plans to use $5 million for expense-based grant relief to help businesses and nonprofits with significant expenses related to COVID-19 impacts.

These expenses include:

• Interest on deferred loans - the loans must be in deferral as a direct result of the pandemic

• Costs incurred as a result of reopening after COVID-19 related closure (such as PPE, workforce safety training, and installation of physical safety measures)

• Increased costs of doing business as a result of COVID-19 (such as infrastructure tools to improve remote access (contactless check in/out, take out)

• HVAC improvements, creation or addition of indoor or outdoor space for social distancing purposes, and increased costs due to supply chain disruptions or increased demand)

 

The application window closes at 11:59 PM EST November 26, 2021.

The application portal, grant summary, and FAQs can be found here.

For questions about any of the business regulations, contact DECD at business.answers@maine.gov or 1-800-872-3838

 

Healthy travel practices from the CDC:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Wear a face covering in public places
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Find the latest travel advisories from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention
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