Maine Requires Visitors to Get COVID Test or Quarantine for 14 Days
Maine will require out-of-state visitors to test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of arriving in the state if they want to avoid a mandatory quarantine of 14 days.
The new guidelines took effect July 1, the same day that trails above treeline on Mount Katahdin—including the Appalachian Trail—opened. Baxter State Park, home to Katahdin, opened some sites in the park below treeline on June 15.
Visitors from Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey are exempt from quarantine and a COVID test because the states have low virus counts. Other states could be exempted in the future.
Out-of-state visitors will be asked to sign a certificate of compliance at hotels, campgrounds, seasonal rentals, or other lodging that indicates they have received a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of their visit. Lodging facilities will hold onto the certificates for inspection by state officials.
Maine is asking visitors to get a COVID test before traveling to Maine. The state also provided a link to a website to find COVID testing outside Maine.
Once out-of-state visitors sign the certificate they can travel anywhere in Maine, but are still expected to follow social distancing and face covering guidelines.
The new guidelines announced by Gov. Janet Mills on June 8 also will increase symptom checks in high-traffic tourist areas.
Featured photo courtesy of Troy Zohner.
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