Dear summer visitors,
Let me start by saying that, despite what some say, we love our summer visitors (and visitors who also come back in the other three seasons). We really appreciate your business – some of us have even become friends with those of you who regularly visit. And, we count on the millions of dollars you inject into our economy each year.
Yes, we look forward to seeing you later this year. It is probably not the best time for you to visit, however.
First of all, the entire State remains under a residence order until at least April 30e. However, as Governor Janet Mills chose to extend the state of civil emergency until May 15e, chances are we will also see an extension of the home order.
Second, Governor Mills has ordered anyone entering the state for reasons other than those deemed necessary (such as medical personnel or truck drivers delivering essential items) to spend 14 days in voluntary segregation. This is to ensure that they will not contribute to the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
In addition, our hotels, state / national parks and non-essential businesses remain closed. And, restaurants are limited to takeout orders.
So even if you came for a visit, you would have nowhere to stay and not much to do.
The good news is that Governor Mills and his staff are developing a plan to reopen the state. However, at the time of this writing, they have yet to announce details of the plan.
So let’s make a deal. You give us another month or so to get things back to normal, and we’ll roll out the red carpet for the almost 37 million of you who visit each year. We will welcome you in our incredible restaurants or have a beer with you in our unique bars and taprooms. We will greet you when we see you exploring the streets of our historic city centers, give you suggestions on the best hiking trails and say “hello” when we see you strolling on our beaches.
Until then, make your summer plans and save your money so you can really relax and enjoy your Maine vacation. I think we can all agree, when it’s all over, we’ll need a vacation!
Before returning to his home state of Maine in 2016, Cooper spent more than a decade working in the tourist town of North Conway, New Hampshire. As a result, he understands that the big tourist dollars for the house are in a place like Maine.