On the Water in Maine has been approved by the State of Maine to accept reservations and agrees to comply with the guidelines provided by the state which can be found, here. Updated and compliant certified as of 3.5.2021.
Please check back here frequently as we will keep this page updated regarding COVID-19 Coronavirus and the most current On the Water in Maine policies and updates provided by Governor Janet Mills.
5/14/21: As of 5/24/21 there is no longer a requirement, if vaccinated, to wear a mask in public either inside or outside. You don't need to social distance, but it is recommended if not vaccinated to still wear masks while indoors in public locations.
5/5/21: As of 5/1/2021 there are no restrictions for anyone traveling into the State of Maine. Testing prior or providing proof of vaccine is not required. Visitors are asked to follow State protocols of wearing masks in public, social distancing, and following any capacity limits. See Moving Maine Forward Plan.
3/5/21: Governor Mills releases Moving Maine Forward Plan which allows visitors from Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont and New Hampshire to travel to Maine without getting Covid tested or quarantining once in Maine. States will be added dependent on the number of cases and vaccines administered.
3/1/21: The latest information regarding the Covid-19 Vaccine in Maine can be found online HERE. Anyone traveling into the State of Maine must sign a Certificate of Compliance and either receive a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of arrival, or schedule a test in-state and quarantine while awaiting results. Visitors may also choose to quarantine for the duration of their stay (1 night - 14 nights) in lieu of testing. For more information visit maine.gov HERE. The checklist for short-term rentals is available HERE.
11/1/20: NY, NJ and CT residents are no longer exempt without quarantining while in Maine or providing and negative test result if entering Maine per the Governor.
9/23/20: Residents of Massachusetts are now exempt from restrictions when traveling to Maine. Massachusett residents may freely travel to the State of Maine without being required to quarantine or receive a negative test before traveling to Maine.
9/22/20: Anyone in the State of Maine may now receive a test without a doctors note/healthcare referral.
7/16/20: Guests may search for testing sites in Maine by inputing their zip code on the Covid Test Site HERE
7/1/20: Guests traveling from CT, NY & NJ are added to list of exempts states that may travel into Maine without receiving testing or required to quarantine once within Maine.
6/19/20: Governor Mills has announced 'Swab & Send' which provides numerous test sites around Maine, map is HERE, that will provide test results within 24-48 hours of taking the sample and has asked visitors to quarantine while awaiting test results. More information is to be disculosed in the coming weeks. Read the full press release HERE.
6/8/20: Governor Mills released the plan for the 2020 summer, 'Keeping Maine Healthy', which can be found online, here. This plan would provide a couple different options for visitors coming into the State of Maine which would be confirmed via signing a Certificate of Compliance (awaiting the draft from the Mills administration). The first option would provide any guest coming into the State in Maine after July 1, 2020 to quarantine in their lodging establishment for the duration of their stay UP TO 14 days, meaning a 7-night rental would be permissible, but you would need to quarantine at the property and plan to bring provisionings for the duration of your stay (up to 14 days) unless from the states of NH, VT, or ME, which currently have no restrictions. Governor Mills and DECD Commissioner Johnson defined the quarantine as not being able to come in contact with the public i.e. dining at restaurants or going to the grocery store. However, visitors are encouraged to enjoy outdoor activities including walking, hiking, fishing, riding bikes, swimming, and all water activities.
Reservations in 2021:
- On the Water in Maine staff, cleaners, and vendors will follow the cleaning guidelines for lodging outlined by the State of Maine and CDC which may be found, here.
- Check-in time is 5pm and check-out time is 10am to allow for additional time to clean and sanitize between reservations
- Guests will be asked to make their beds upon arrival with pre-packaged, professionally ozonated, sheets and pillowcases if staying in a home that OTW cleans; if an owner or their cleaner, beds might be made with owner linens but all cleaned each rental. Bathroom and kitchen towels will be provided as well.
- Grocery provisioning and planning social distancing activities or take out from restaurants can be arranged with our partner, Vanessa with Your Maine Concierge.
- If you are vacationing in the Penobscot Bay Region (Belfast to St George to Cushing to Searsmont), Craft Delivery Services is available for grocery pick up, restaurant take out, prescription pick-up, and other specialized deliveries.