April 6, 2020 Update: Governor’s Executive Order Suspends Lodging

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On Friday, April 3, 2020, Governor Mills issued an Executive Order, effective April 5, 2020 at 12:00 p.m., suspending lodging operations, including hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, inns, and short-term rentals such as those available through VRBO and Airbnb. Operations of RV parks and campgrounds, and all public and private camping facilities are also suspended. 

The Order does allow for lodging to be provided for health care workers or other workers deemed necessary to support public health, public safety, or critical infrastructure. It also allows for lodging to be provided to vulnerable populations, such as children in emergency placements, persons at risk of domestic violence, and homeless individuals as permitted by the State. 

Additionally, the Order suspends online reservations. Lodging providers are directed to post a prominent notice on their web platforms to advise potential guests that reservations for lodging in Maine, as allowed above, shall be accepted by phone only.

Lodging providers may permit existing guests to remain through the end of their scheduled stay but may not allow stay extensions or new reservations, except for the purposes set forth above.

Finally, the order mandates that travelers arriving in Maine, regardless of their state of residency, self-quarantine for 14 days to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. 

The Order is in effect until at least April 30, at which time the Governor will determine whether to amend or extend the order.