Hello all! I hope you all are well. :)
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will there be more specific guidelines for breakfast at a B & B? We are more like a restaurant than regular lodging. Thanks
Please connect me to a business advisor! Thanks!
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The guidance for contact tracing for quick service restaurants is very challenging. Will there be any additional guidance for different types of on-premise dining and is there a time line for when that restriction might be lifted?
Is there sample language for our out-of-state guests to sign to attest that they have completed their 14-day self quarantine?
Dear Greg, Will the liquor license fee be reduced this year?
Can you share any new guidance on PPP or other SBA loans and possibly additional guidance or changes for restaurants?
Please explain the self quarantine...can an out of state guest self quarantine in their own state then visit maine lodging?
Hi Denise, we won't be talking about PPP today but have an entire webinar on Thursday for PPP. :-)
fyi NJ & MD beaches are open. we might lose reservation in future years for those who are happy with vacations in NJ & MD beaches and need not come/return to ME.
Any info on movie theatres opening?
Greg, has there been any talk about HM and other associations filing a lawsuit against the State?
John and Cynthia WISSOCKI
if an out of state traveler says they self quarantined in their state, do they still have to 14 day quarantine if they stay at a vacation rental in Maine?
Campgrounds and RV parks can now open this Friday, following checklist guidelines, to Maine residents only.
Hey Greg - Commissioner Johnson just announced that campgrounds can open 5/22
Jennifer, where can we sign up for the webinar for Thursday?
Thanks Greg— if folks have questions about said checklist training please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
And the difference between my hotel and a campground is...
Greg, how is HM balancing having so many member organizations whose opinions may drastically differ on the best way forward? It sounds like a lot of pressure is going into removing restrictions (quarantine, etc) wholesale rather than finding an ideal balance to keep us open for good when we do get to.
We are still awaiting guidelines for Sporting/Rec Camps, and idea when they will be made available?
To Liz, John and Cynthia - as written now, during the month of June, people must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival BEFORE checking in to a hotel/rental. Quarantining in home state is not an option. Starting in July, people can arrive at a hotel/rental in ME and then start their 14 day quarantine.
What do you suggest for a 49 passenger tour boat operating in June? - Damariscotta River Cruises
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On the checklists for restaurant and lodging checklists there is a suggestion for giving staff de-escalation techniques. any resources available online?
interested in hearing how B&Bs and small Inns plan to handle check ins? breakfast service? Any creative ideas how to cut down on the face to face while still providing acceptable service.
We have bookings for July and August made prior to COVID. Should we start contacting them to cancel or wait?
Do vacation rental homes need to sign off on complying with Maine requirements to open to hosting?
I need realistic advice about operating a B&B going forward. Can't change my business.
I have July and August reservations too! Do I need to cancel these?
Our July and August reservations are waiting patiently for more information to come out
My July and August reservations are also waiting and hoping
totally aside to this - is anyone interested in starting a FB group so all of us in similar industries can connect and plan? I asked HM about this last week and they dont have any platform for us to interact. i personally would find it helpful - i’m on the hospitality side.
Sorry to join late, eagerly awaiting guidelines for sporting camps.
Why can't they just require a test vs. a two week quarantine??!! Have their certificate showing it was done and move on....
Randi - I would join the group.
Randi - I would join, too
John and Cynthia WISSOCKI
absolutely interested on the hospitality FB page
I would join that group would love to talk about how we make this all work without losing our business
you can find me on Facebook, Rondi Nelson or my business CAMP SKOGLUND so if you message me I’ll try and set something up. great, thanks!
There is maine vacation rental owners on FB, in case that helps.
Randi - I would join too. I'm in the short term rental business - weekly vacation rentals
Susan, same here.
There is a great fb group called Maine Vacation Rental Owners for that segment of hospitality
April Elaine Powell
I would be happy to start a FB page to start the discussion. I am a Commercial Interior Designer in the Hospitality and Retail sectors.
I need a more local FB group for B&B owners
I would join that too we have a small seasonal place on Monhegan
its not a win Shannon if we just survive. We need to thrive in order to continue. I'm not sure we will have a b&b by September if we can't have paying guests.
I agree with Nancy -- I'm worried we won't have a business by September.
I agree with Nancy Clark.
There is an existing Facebook group called Restaurant Workers of Maine - PRIVATE, formed to advocate restoration of the tip credit after the minimum wage law was passed. Now the members of the group are very active and helpful with discussions around COVID. I recommend that all restaurant owners and workers in the state ask to join.
I just set a group up thinking quickly - 2020 HOSTING IN MAINE.
Augusta has no clue about how deadly their actions and inactions are. Bartering isn't going to help...
Make that decision…isn’t it required?
I also recommend forming or looking to join a local group for businesses in your industry. Something that is not state-wide but instead focused on your town, city, or region.
John and Cynthia WISSOCKI
Jennifer, did you say this is being recorded and you are emailing it to participants later? I have another meeting to go to.
April Elaine Powell
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Yes, this is being recorded and I'll email it out to everyone later today or tomorrow.
does this include pamphlet brochures for surrounding activities
Wish we could find sanitizers for stations!
What about B&B where the bathrooms are shared?
The Ellsworth Chamber recommends you put individual books and brochures in each room. We are also going to be putting packets together for visitors at our office
i just set up a private group on FB 2020 HOSTING IN MAINE.
we don't have the money to provide personal safety kits....can't even buy most of what you suggest.
Where can we get reasonably priced masks, wipes, etc in bulk to give away?
The Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership has put together a list of makers/manufacturers in Maine that have pivoted to production of sanitizer and also PPE: https://pages.mainemep.org/; you may also contact them at email@example.com
We have no money either, but if we have to take a small loan or line of credit to keep people safe and stay in business this year, it seems worth it. We’re hopeful that this is one year of break even (at best) among many decades of future (or past in some of your cases) profits.
We've had luck with WB Mason for masks, gloves, etc,.. For barriers, floor decals, etc...Logo Owl in Falmouth has been very helpful.
Thank you for these guidelines for hotels etc great information
Are these cloth masks as currently required by the governors orders or paper in bulk?
I can’t thank you all enough, you are providing us with the most clarity during all of this. THANK YOU!
Thank you Jennifer, Susan, Shannon and Greg!
I am late to the party but has there been any suggestion of where to acquire safe distancing and other recommended signage. At Vistaprint I see floor decals only - all suggestions welcome!
Thank you for all of your continued support!
thank you for being there to support us
We appreciate you!
"your money or your life?" ...perhaps is our new question in this climate? ...was a newspaper headline.
April Elaine Powell
Minute Man press in south Portland has a good program for signage and they are quick. Rich Bateman is your contact.
Thank you all for being there. Susan - that was really helpful
Maine Hotel Owner
Great advice on keeping reservations, Greg!
The 14-day quarantine- if someone is supposed to quarantine BEFORE checking into a hotel, but after they get to Maine, where are they supposed to go to actually quarantine?
what about the “breakfast” part of the bnb….? specific restrictions already defined?
what is happening with the two week quarantine on out of state folks
Thank you April!
Audree, they are supposed to quarantine in their second home, essentially. That was an exemption because the alternative was ONLY Maine full time residents in June. July/August is our true “reopening” when it comes to out of state folks.
Greg, July 1st is a Wednesday. Is their any thought to allowing reservations starting the prior weekend when weekly rentals usually begin? I am fully booked starting June 27 and making people arrive on July 1 would be rather ridiculous.
Thank you for all your great advice, guidance encouragement
Justin, but the July/August still says 14 day quarantine (understanding that can change)
Could they come stay in the room for just a 2 or 3 day stay?
Audree, true - it is an option for July/August (depends on how everything is going..) but I’m hopeful by then we’ll have better options
I have spoken to BABLO and their current position is that they will be extending liquor licenses the additional months that the pandemic affected the business. This is going to be applied to all licenses, so although no refunds a licensee might get 16 months for their 12 month fee.
So if we had a room with its own entrance to the exterior, could they stay for two week at the B&B, going only outside through their own entrance for the 14 days?
still no guidelines for sporting camps.
no checklist that is
yes, would join a FB group for this.
Love the FB group idea!
I understand that they are trying to replace the 14 day quarantine with required testing- seeing Gov Mill's broadcast yesterday- It sound like they possibly wouldn't be able to get the amount of test supplies that would be needed - do you have any thoughts of how they would be determining how many they would need to be ordering? Are they dealing with one company or multiple for supplies?
Kathy Powell, we have the same kind of setup, including private point & beach for distanced recreation.
to whom would a non-typical business submit a custom checklist? DECD or CDC?
I set the group up, it’s private, 2020 Hosting in Maine.
Lakeside cottages to be specific
Thank you...I really the effort you guys are making on our behalf!
do we think 7 days quarantine in a rental cottage is ok - when they come to the cottage and go right home afterwards. we have so many weekly visitors in maine.
Can you have coffee service in the lobby for guest or is it not recommended.
We are thinking of offering grocery shopping for guests quarantining at our one-apartment home rental, dropping off groceries through a pass through or at their appointment front door.
I had to step away for a moment. Has anyone asked about what to do with kitchen supplies in rooms so equipped (plates, glasses, mugs, utensils, etc)?
Scott, considering swapping out full sets of dishes etc on changeovers
No Keurig machines?
Yes interested in FB group esp. interested in small bed and breakfast lodgings We have 9 rooms
Our rental condos have fully-equipped kitchens. Do we need to disinfect every spatula and soup bowl between guests?
im confused I thought that guests from out of state can come to Maine for less than 14 days as long as they follow quarantine guidelines for the length of their stay. so if they come for 3. 5. 7 days and quarantine, only go to outside spaces with mask, then return home
SO Keurigs in the rooms are okay to keep??
So Keurigs are ok in rooms, but not in the lobby?
What about those ones that use UV light to sterilize?
What about communal coffee in an airpot? Prepared by me.
Well people will drive in for the DAY from out of state
So why not stay 3 or 5 days?
We have a rustic cabin we rent through Airbnb - usually it is booked every night with a new family visiting our farm. are there standards for how to clean a wooden floor, rough wood walls and the bed? Is it Ok to simply change the sheets and pillow cases?
We are wrapping our complimentary cookies in plastic and letting them grab one. That's okay, right?
Darth Vader is that you?
Robyn, that make me laugh out loud!
We ordered the UV light wands to help with sanitizing - do you know if they are approved?
Greg since no one is saying is explicitly.. your mic may be having an issue :)
Communal Keurig? Sorry to be a bother but I don't have individual one's in rooms
I researched the UV wands and found that they are not useful.
i just ordered a non touch thermometer. :(
so did I Rondi.
Maine Hotel Owner
Thanks to the organizers, no disrespect to you, but if the 14-day quarantine is not lifted, this is like advice on reorganizing the deck chairs on the titanic. At least for most hotels. Keep pushing for that 14-day quarantine to be lifted or God help us all. Ultimately, Mills is not going to have a choice because the economic devastation will be catastrophic and much worse than covid. Good luck all.
Do you suggest changing existing reservations so there is a buffer day between guests?
Are we able to open swimming pools?
Great question, Scott!
Have you heard if some hotels are not planning on opening for this summer? I
any guidelines about hot tub use for individual rooms
drapery, curtains, upholstered chairs?
Laura, we’re doing a buffer day.
Can you speak to the use of ozone machines in hotel rooms?
Greg you are looking tired bud. Everyone send Greg a big Group HUG
please specify sanitizer spray for fabrics - I have researched that and haven’t found a spray for unholstry
Could cover upholstered chairs and wash the cover for the time being too
Greg has been a true champion through all of this!
what sanitizer spray for curtains
if we leave the room for three days, between guests, will it be safe for the housekeeper to clean the room, with no fear of contracting COVID We may just open on weekends….the safest approach for “us”
Res Nexus is suggesting triple sheeting to avoid cleaning comforters between the sheets - I am hearing you say that’s no okay?
do you recommend opening windows as much as possible in hotel rooms to help circulate to bring in fresh air and possible encourage guest to?
Regarding pillows, can we exchange antibacterial encasements instead of washing them each visit?
Thank you Greg
I have heard of folks reporting good luck with connecting with local auto body shops to source foggers.
I missed the answer about microwaves. Are microwaves allowed in rooms?
recommended reasonable cost foggers would be appreciated in follow-up
I apologize did you mention mini-fridges that are in all the rooms?
Thanks so much!
very helpful - THANK YOU!
In regard to reservations.... how can we block out 14 days to every booking in July -Aug??
again Thank you all f
We clean every surface anyway...
This was very helpful, Thank you so much!
It’s going to be interesting balancing food prep and long term stays for places without kitchenettes. For example a B&B/etc whereby folks are not going to want to eat out EVERY meal but we’re trying to get them to stay 2+ weeks at a time
or providing this zoom session have a great night
if the heat was turned up high in a room do you think it would kill the virus?
Do we need to add 141 days to every booking in July-ug?
These forums have been extremely helpful . Kudos to all of your hard work in helping us guide thru all of this !! Your the best !!
I lost all the previous chat when my phone logged me out: that fogger link again please?
Hi Danielle- fogger link https://victorycomplete.com/product/professional-cordless-electrostatic-sprayer/
will the chat come with the video recording?
Has the chat been recorded, too?
You are all awesome!