July 1, 2020 August 5, 2020
To our Dear Beachmere Inn Guests,
It seems like things are changing on a daily basis since my letter first out on March 6th regarding the Covid-19 pandemic. We hope that you continue to be safe and healthy with your family and friends. It’s just not the same not having you all here with us for our 83rd season and we MISS you all.
As of today the Governor of Maine has a list of certain states that are required to complete testing and quarantine requirements. For ease, if you are from NY, NJ, CT, NH and VT you can enter Maine with NO quarantine or testing restrictions! Visitors from all other states must complete the required mandate requirements.
If you have a reservation with us: We have greatly relaxed our cancellation policies, working with each of you as to whether you wish to re-book for a later date or transfer your deposit to a different reservation later in the year or next year. For now, should you not wish to travel during this time, we are not forfeiting deposits no matter how late you call to cancel, although we do appreciate as much notice as possible. Should you wish a refund, we are working with each of you to determine what method works best and how to process most efficiently. Please reach out to our front desk team for more information at 800-336-3983. As we continue to work on social distancing within the work place, know that there may be times when there are only 1 or 2 of us in the office on the phones. If we don’t answer, please feel free to leave a message or email us at [email protected] for questions, cancellations or reservations.
Where we are as of today 8/5/2020: For those of you with current reservations for this summer, we ask you to review the latest travel mandate from Maine’s Governor Mills, Keep Maine Healthy Program. Please review this mandate carefully, as it will affect your travel to Maine this season. Right now NH, NJ, NY, VT, CT and ME are exempt from these requirements. Face Masks are required in Maine and where social distancing is not obtainable. Masks are required to walk the Marginal Way.
Keep Maine Healthy
Maine’s Governor Janet Mills has crafted a plan for Maine Tourism to assist in the continued reduction of Covid-19 cases here in Maine. The plan is based on three cornerstones for our visitors to Maine:
1) Quarantine or Test out. Currently there is a 14 day quarantine restriction for all visitors to our state ( See the FAQ to help sort this out). However, If you wish to opt out of the quarantine requirement, you must receive a negative Covid-19 test result in the 72 hrs prior to your arrival. Either way you are asked to complete a compliance FORM which is to be turned in upon arrival. We are required to keep this on hand for 30 days before destroying. You can use this site to see where a testing center is near you in your state.
2). Increasing Symptom Checking at popular locations where people tend to congregate.
3). Supporting Local Public Health and COVID-19 Prevention Efforts for each community that experiences higher degree of tourism visitation.
Please review this FAQ to help answer any of your questions and find the link for the compliance form.
How can we help?
We know that some of these mandates for travel into Maine are difficult for some. York Hospital Clinic has announced their rapid testing center is now open. The clinic is doing drive-thru rapid Covid-19 testing. It costs $25.00 and you need to make an appointment as well as pay online. Results usually available within 30 minutes well you wait. Here is the link to make an appt- https://www.solvhealth.com/book-online/gZloL They are selling out in advance for the rapid tests, but keep checking on your dates, as some random appointments do pop up as people cancel or opt out of doing the test.
Knowing that testing in some communities is difficult we also hope that new opportunities for testing are rolling out each day in your home state which will allow you to know before you go on vaca. We will work with each of you to determine what is best for your situation.
While we know this is not an easy plan it what we have to work with for State compliance as of TODAY, tomorrow it could change and we will do our best to share that with you as soon as we know. Please call us if you wish to discuss your reservation and the impacts this has on your stay with us.
Keep this site handy, as UDPATES from the Governor of Maine’s office are posted here as soon as they are released. It’s where we get our information.
Once you get here, know that we have created a multi point cleaning plans for common spaces, outdoor spaces and especially your guest room using approved CDC cleaning guidelines and techniques. Our team has updated uniforms for PPE needs, face masks and interaction protocols to keep you and them safe. We promise to work vigilantly to honor your trust in us so that you can relax while you are here and turn off some of the stress from these past few months. We have reset our dining and lobby areas for safe distancing, increased our outdoor seating capabilities and will be working to keep our service with a smile seen through every “masked” interaction. You will receive a welcome letter close to your arrival date to outline our new check in policies, gather details of your needs while you are here and what services are allowed to be offered during the time you are with us. We hope we can all work as a team and ask that you assist us in letting us know what will make you comfortable during your stay and how we can improve on our offerings while you are here. We are all in this together.
The health and well being of our guests and team members are of paramount importance to us. As you all know this is a quickly changing landscape, but we will be ready when we are able to welcome you back to your “home away from home”.
Be well, be safe, and know that we are missing you all.
On behalf of the Beachmere team,
Sarah Diment – Owner
Elaine Akeroyd – GM