As a way to encourage all Ogunquit-area businesses to open safely, and encourage guests and residents to act responsibly, the Ogunquit Chamber has created the "Ogunquit Together" initiative. The initiative welcomes our visitors and reminds everyone that it is in behaving in a manner that is courteous and respectful to others that we can continue to operate this autumn and winter, and ensure access to our amazing natural resources and inviting business community.
- Open and operate according to the most recently updated State of Maine safe reopening guidelines for their business category.
- Encourage safe social distancing (six feet +).
- Encourage guests to wear cloth face coverings (which actually is a requirement as of November 6, per Governor Mills' executive order).
CLICK HERE to view a list of businesses who have signed the initiative to help keep our community and visitors safe.
COVID-19 RESOURCES & UPDATES (updated 11/16/2020)
We are proud to report that our guests and residents are typically showing a great deal of respect for each other. Many of our guests are commenting on how safe they felt when visiting Ogunquit and that they will be returning because of that. Thank you to everyone for helping make our community a comfortable place for all to be!
Now that it's November, what will be open when I get to Ogunquit?
We're working on a series of safe, socially-distanced activities for Christmas by the Sea, December 11-13. We have a busy calendar of events for the weekend, offering you plenty of ways to celebrate the holiday season in our beautiful seaside community. Activities include holiday scavenger hunts, a holiday decorations bingo game, holiday storytelling, kids' ornaments decorating kits, and a drive-through visit with Santa! We'll post more details during the next couple of weeks.
Beaches are open, with social distancing requirements. Click Here to view the beach safety rules. Parking lots are fully open, and reservations are not required. Please note, for the safety of all guests and those who live here (and by executive order of Gov. Mills), masks are required in all public places, even if physically distancing is possible. You can walk your dog on the ocean side of the beach during the autumn and winter, provided your animal is leashed and well-behaved; however, dogs are not allowed on the river side of the beach.
Marginal Way is open for your strolling pleasure. Masks are required at all times. The town does not sanitize handrails or benches, so it's a good idea to bring your hand sanitizer along for the walk. Also, please carry in & carry out! Dogs are permitted on the Marginal Way from October 1-March 31.
Restaurants are open for outdoor and inside dining, using state-approved safety protocols and social distancing; most are continuing to offer take-out, curbside and/or delivery. To make guests more comfortable, many of our restaurants still offer an outdoor dining option. Now that it's off-season, some have closed for the winter and others have reduced their operating hours; for the latest on who's open and when, visit our Who's Open/Restaurants page.
Retail stores and art galleries are open, also using state-approved safety protocols and social distancing.
Live music and entertainment is offered at several restaurants, with performances hosted primarily outdoors, or indoors with the state-mandated maximum capacity of 50 people. For details, check out This Week in Ogunquit.
Lodging properties are open for guests from anywhere. Now that it's off-season, some of our lodging properties have closed for the season but many operate year-round. Visit our Who's Open/Lodging page for additional details.
There are no restrictions (i.e., no quarantine or testing requirements) for Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont residents.
If you are not a resident of one of these three states, you must complete a Certificate of Compliance form indicating that you have received a negative COVID-19 test result no longer than 72 hours prior to your arrival, or that you will quarantine in Maine for 14 days (or the length of your stay, whichever is shorter), or that you have already completed your quarantine in Maine.
Some options for testing
You can also get tested in Maine when you arrive, but must quarantine until the results are available. Under quarantine, you can enjoy outdoor exercise, including the beaches, provided that wear a mask and safely distance from others; you cannot dine out, shop, or visit crowded public spaces and shared facilities until your quarantine period is over, but you can have food delivered to your lodging establishment.
Click here to find a COVID-19 testing facility near you.
If you plan to test after you arrive in the Ogunquit area, you have three options:
- The closest and fastest local testing site is York Hospital's drive-through testing facility on Route 1 in York; here is a link to their FAQ page for more information. They are a rapid testing site and can provide results for you in 15 minutes. Please visit their website to schedule your visit; there are no walk-in's accepted. Plan ahead; they are currently booking 3-4 weeks out. The facility is open seven days/week.
- York Hospital also has a walk-in clinic for swab & send testing. There are no reservations required, and the entire testing process takes less than an hour. The hospital will phone you with your test results, generally within 24 hours; the exception is if you take a test on Sunday, when it can take up to 48 hours. Here is a link to their FAQ page for more information.
- Drive-thru testing is now offered at the Maine Visitor Information Center on I-95 and U.S. Rte. 1 in Kittery. This visitor center is just south of Exit 7 (the Ogunquit exit). Testing is available Tuesday, Wednesday & Saturday from 9a-4p, and Thursday & Friday from noon-7p. Test results are delivered via secure e-mail and typically available within 72 hours. You must be at least 18 years old, and appointments are required. More details here at CovidTestForMe.com.
Additionally, Maine's Department of Health & Human Services will be distributing 300,000 rapid tests to Walgreens Pharmacies throughout the state sometime in November. These drive-through tests will yield results in 15 minutes. We'll update with a list of Walgreens where these are available near Ogunquit once we receive that information from Maine DHHS.
Are masks required?
Yes, per executive order of Governor MIlls, face coverings are mandatory in all public places (indoor and outdoor), even if physical distancing is possible.
Are public restrooms open?
Yes, most public restrooms are open.
CLICK HERE for more information on Maine's Covid-19 response.