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Old 07-31-2020, 10:07 PM   #1
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Maine Travel Questions

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Every other year I take the family on a trip to Maine (we're in Virginia) mainly for scenery and lobster eating. This year we've tentatively planned it for the 1st 15 days of September.

Because of COVID-19 I have been checking the official Maine website and it says we, being out-of-staters, have to quarantine for 14 days. This would make our trip pointless to attempt.

Are any of you good people currently visiting Maine and can give me current info on RV'ing in Maine, specifically Acadia and Bar Harbor?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 08-01-2020, 06:29 AM   #2
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I plan to head to New Hampshire for a month in Sept/Oct and spend a week or so in Maine so Iíll be watching this.
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Old 08-01-2020, 06:48 AM   #3
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I am from Maine and my wife and I are currently spending the summer in a campground in the Northwestern part of the state. We are officially now Florida residents and do the snowbird thing as full timers, spending summers in Maine and winters in southern Florida. We arrived in Maine on 4 June 20 and as a result of current restrictions imposed by the Governor of Maine, we had to quarantine for 14 days. Since arriving, we have spent 3 days travelling to Ogunquit and 4 days in Bar Harbor. Each time, prior to check-in, we had to sign a Maine form that certifies we have quarantined. All hotels and campgrounds are using this same form, which is still in effect today. It is a very tough situation when you are travelling to an area on vacation and have limited time. It is also very hard on hotel and campground owners, as they are losing revenue. The Governor has been very tough on this issue in spite of a lot of push back by the opposite party and business owners.
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Will a recent test help?
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A recent test won't help, you could get the virus from the test site on the way out.
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A recent test won't help, you could get the virus from the test site on the way out.
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Personally, we are foregoing travel to stay in one place and avoid COVID19. There are always other years we can travel, provide we live through this mess.

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We entered Maine, legal as can be, following a Covid 19 test less than 72 hours old. That is the alternative to the quarantine. We got our test in VT on Monday, got the results by phone on Wednesday and entered Maine on Thursday.

This is from the Keep Maine Healthy website:

How many days prior to my visit to Maine should I get a COVID-19 test?

Visitors should have a sample taken for a COVID-19 "PCR" test no longer than 72 hours prior to arrival in Maine. The result must indicate the visitor is COVID-19 negative. Alternatively, the visitor may commit to quarantining upon arrival in Maine for 14 days.

https://www.maine.gov/covid19/restartingmaine/keepmainehealthy/faqs
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Ron, but in those 72 hours until you get the test results you need to self quarantine as you could be exposed to COVID19.

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Ron, but in those 72 hours until you get the test results you need to self quarantine as you could be exposed to COVID19.Ken
Duh! We met the guidelines and were welcomed in. Using your logic we could have caught it 5 seconds after the test.
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We are currently visiting Maine in the areas the OP mentioned. As others have said, you need to fill out and turn in a form at each campground, hotel, or whatever. After that, no one really bothers you one way or another. Wear a mask, use common sense, and you'll be fine.

Soft shell is going for $5 per pound, if you know where to look. It's sad to see the relatively empty campgrounds and some of the businesses that have closed, but it's nice that it's quieter than usual for this time of year.
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First, I'm not trying to suggest that one should minimize the threat this COVID-19 poses to people. Observe safe health practices at all times.

From this website: https://gds.maps.arcgis.com/apps/web...ccca0fbbfe0c7c is the following statement: Visitors from CT, VT, NH, NJ, NY and those with negative Covid tests within 72 hrs of arrival are exempt from the 14-day quarantine. Businesses may require a Certificate of Compliance.

Our daughter and family live in NH, we live in VA. We had been wanting to visit them for some time, but, NH required (until early July) that non-residents must self quarantine for 14 days after arriving in NH. In early July, NH changed that policy to allow non-residents to meet the 14 day self quarantine by observing a 14 day self quarantine in their home state before arriving in NH. So, we did our 14 day self quarantine in our home in VA (OP's home state), loaded our motorhome and drove to NH. Upon our arrival there, the campground that we stayed at required that we sign a certification that we had quarantined for 14 days before arrival.

Prior to our arrival, I had a conversation with the staff at the NH campground that we stayed at to confirm that they were comfortable with our strategy. They were.

The New England States (ME, VT, NH and others) allow their residents to pass freely across state boundaries.

So, our logic was that by self quarantine at home in VA for 14 days before arrival in NH, we were treated the same as NH residents when we arrived and signed the certification. It seems logical that we would, therefore, be allowed to travel throughout New England with the same restrictions as NH residents.

We did make one afternoon trip from NH into Maine for a picnic on the beach; masks, social distance, never left the car during the trip to/from the beach, etc.

So, I believe that it's possible to observe the spirit of the quarantine restrictions without spending 14 days in self quarantine after arrival in ME.

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If I were you, I wouldn't come here... the .. number of people not wearing masks has increased as summer visitors have decided to come, and there there is the faction in Maine, that feel masks make certain appendages tiny and it makes them upset...

If you do decide to come, you can arrange to be tested at Maine Med in Portland ( call ahead) and with negative test results you do not have to quarantine.


The gov has all but ordered masks when in public... I wish she would add fines, so people would be more inclined to wear them, despite their personal freedoms... ( cough)
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