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 reopen throughout this summer 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 when social distancing is not possible (which actually is a requirement as of June 5, 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 8/27/20)
We are proud to report that our guests and residents are typically showing a great deal of respect for each other. Mask compliance is 90-95% when social distancing is not possible. 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!
What will be open when I get there?
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; they fill up quickly so it's best to arrive early. Footbridge & North Beach tend to be less crowded, especially at high tide. (Click here for a link to the tide chart.) Please note, for the safety of all guests and those who live here, masks are required when walking from your car to the beach, and also when using the bath houses and visiting the shops and snack bars adjacent to the beach.
Marginal Way is open for your strolling pleasure. Masks are required, since many sections of our famed cliff walk are less than six feet wide, so it's difficult to maintain proper social distancing. 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!
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, most of our restaurants now offer an outdoor dining option, and most require reservations.
Retail stores, museums, art galleries, and sailing & fishing charters are open, also using state-approved safety protocols and social distancing.
Entertainment venues are open with performances hosted primarily outdoors. Many restaurants are also offering nightly outdoor entertainment. For details, check out This Week in Ogunquit.
Lodging properties are open for guests from anywhere.
There are no restrictions (i.e., no quarantine or testing requirements) for New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont residents.
If you are not a resident of one of these six 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 you can 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 and plans to add more capacity soon.
- 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.
We hope that these requirements will become less restrictive soon, and will be sure to update you as soon as new information becomes available!
Are masks required?
Yes, per executive order of Governor MIlls, face coverings are required when social distancing is not possible.
Are public restrooms open?
Yes, most public restrooms are open.
Is the trolley running this year?
The trolley will not be operating for the 2020 season. However, there are other private transportation companies that you can hire if you don't want to drive.
In addition, we don't expect the town to be as busy as it is during a typical summer, so it may be easier than usual to find parking for your car, in the event that you can't walk or bike where you wish to go.
CLICK HERE for more information on Maine's Covid-19 response.