Hi 2022 Towne Motel guests! As we enter our third year of living with the Corona virus, we’re happy to note that most travel and everyday life restrictions have been lifted in Maine and most other states, at least for now. International travelers still need to follow federal guidelines ( which currently include a negative Covid test taken within 24 hours of departure to the US), but no additional rules for Maine or most other states. Our 2022 season is looking as busy as always and we’re excited that people are eager to travel and come visit Maine! Compared to last year, we’re expecting to welcome back more adventurers from abroad, especially our Canadian neighbors. We have missed our many Canadian repeat guests, and are happy to realize they haven’t forgotten about us!
Like last year, things won‘t be as quiet here as in 2020, but you will still find lots of ways to escape crowds and enjoy the outdoors that Maine is so famous for. Midcoast Maine has everything from mountains to lakes, beaches, islands, hiking and biking trails, sail boats and harbors, vineyards and farmers markets — but also plenty of cultural activities, which are all back this year, including Lobsterfest! Whether you’re ready to leave the pandemic as far behind as possible, or whether you still want to be cautious and stay away from crowds, Midcoast Maine has something for everyone.
Here at Towne Motel, of course, we want you to stay healthy and safe in and around our property, and we continue to follow or exceed the state‘s guidelines. Immaculately clean rooms have always been a top priority at Towne Motel, but since the start of the pandemic, we have been working hard to make some changes required or recommended by the state, industry standards, and hospitality yaYorganizations, and suitable for our property, guests, and employees.
Here are some of the policies we‘re still following this summer:
Checking in: Our check in process can still be contact free if you’d like it to be. If you prefer not to come into the office, you can let us know by phone or email in response to your reminder email, and we will let you know how and where to get your key and welcome note. Now that all restrictions have been lifted, and the two of us have been fully vaccinated and boosted, we will not enforce social distancing rules in our office, but are still encouraging people to check in one party at a time, just to make everyone comfortable and be on the safe side. Commonly used items and surfaces are sanitized frequently, and a sign outside the office requests that guests who have not been fully vaccinated continue to wear masks, as in many other businesses in town. If you can’t find your mask(s), we have some for you outside the door, and there are hand sanitizers inside the office.
Common Indoor Areas ( e.g. dining rooms) and Breakfast: starting Memorial Day weekend or even a bit earlier, we will open our breakfast rooms again, and everyone is welcome to have breakfast there or grab a few things to take to your room or to an outdoor area (trays are available). The breakfast rooms will look much like last year, with separate tables for food and drink. Windows will usually be open for better ventilation. You do not have to wear a mask if you’ve been fully vaccinated, but of course you’re still welcome to do so as you help yourself to food and beverages. If you haven’t been fully vaccinated, please wear a mask in the dining rooms, except when / if you sit down to eat and drink.
Almost all guest rooms open up to the outdoors; there are only two rooms which share an interior corridor, and that corridor has a window and a door which is open during the daytime. If more than one of these rooms is occupied, please wear a mask as you walk through the corridor if you have not been fully vaccinated.
Guest rooms and Housekeeping: Currently ( and this may change during the course of the season, depending on staffing and virus updates), we offer housekeeping every other day for stayovers. If you’re staying with us for more than two nights and would like housekeeping, please put out your Maid Service sign or tell us in person — we will not enter your room unless you request it, or in case of emergencies. If we have any staff members who are not fully vaccinated, they will be wearing masks during the service. Daily contact-free towel, trash, and coffee service is always available. Between guests, we have always cleaned and disinfected all surfaces and high touch items very carefully, and since 2020 we have emphasized these activities even more thoroughly.
Outdoor Seating Areas: we have several outdoor seating areas in addition to the chairs outside each motel room, and we ask that you use kindness and common sense when sharing them with guests who are not in your party. When using the chairs outside your room, you do not have to wear face coverings, regardless of your vaccination status. Outdoor seating areas are cleaned and disinfected at least once daily; please clean up after yourself if you use the picnic table or other small tables in the back of the property, and feel free to let us know if they need cleaning.
Please feel free to call or email us about any of these items if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for visiting – and welcome to Camden and Towne Motel!