Rock Gardens Inn

Your Cottage on the Coast of Maine

Covid-19 Summer 2020 Updates

Check back here often for updates.

July 1st, 2020

As of Friday, July 3rd, the State of Maine will no longer require quarantine measures or a COVID-19 test from residents of Connecticut, New York, or New Jersey who choose to vacation in the state. They are also extending mandated masking measures to most costal regions, including the area around Rock Gardens Inn.

June 26th, 2020

Click HERE for our letter to our guests containing our latest updates.

June 13th, 2020

Click HERE for information from Governor Mills on the Summer 2020 Covid-19 rules and restrictions.

May 21st, 2020

Dear Rock Gardens Inn Family,

We hope that you are all doing well, that you and your families are healthy, and that the effects of Covid-19 have been as limited in your life as possible.

We wanted to update you, both on what is happening in Maine, and what we are planning for the summer. While Maine has not been unaffected by the pandemic, like many low-population states we have been spared some of the worst so far. We remain under our state’s “safer-at-home” order as our government works out how to approach this summer season with a balance of caution and limited reopening. We fully support efforts to keep both our residents, and any summer guests, as safe as possible.

Currently all lodging is effectively closed for tourism for the month of May. Starting in June the state will allow Maine residents to travel and stay within the state, as well as anyone who has the ability to quarantine within the state before seeking lodging. So, effectively, unless you already have family or a summer home here, you will likely not be able to visit the state during the month of June. Starting in July the state government is currently requiring that anyone visiting from out of state quarantine for the duration of their stay, which currently must be two weeks. At this time we are being told that we may book stays under two weeks, however we are unclear as to whether we will ultimately be allowed to honor them. This all may change. Maine is attempting to ramp up our testing capacity, and that could become a part of changing the visitation rules for stays under two weeks and the quarantine restriction. For the time being we are considering the following options for any interested guests this summer:

Renting one cottage per area (point, cove, pool) per week and rotating through the cottages so each one can sit empty for a week after use.

Not opening the inn itself to guests, but rather using it as our base of operations to provide service to you.

Providing fresh muffins and fruit to occupied cottages daily, as well as stocking them with yogurt, granola, coffee makers, etcetera at check in.

Providing dinners to go 2 to 3 nights per week.

Not providing daily housekeeping, but rather a full cleanse before and after each stay.

Restricting access to the pool based on state guidelines (this may involve closing it, or limiting the number of users per day).

These are all preliminary thoughts. We will continue to monitor the guidance and rules from our state government and update you as we learn more. In the meantime, we are happy to take reservations without deposits unless it is for a two-week quarantine stay, in which case we are taking deposits by check.

We know that all of this uncertainty is challenging, and we hope that by continuing to be open with our thoughts on planning, as well as by keeping you up to date on our state’s guidance, we can alleviate just a little portion of that burden.

With hope for a safe and healthy summer,
Ona Barnet

May 12th, 2020

Currently state guidelines permit us to take reservations from Maine residents for the summer season. Starting July 1 we can take reservations from out of state guests, with a mandatory 14 day self quarantine period required in-state. The hotel industry is working with the governor to relax this requirement and we will keep you updated as to any changes. In the meantime, if you are interested in a long term stay at Rock Gardens, please be in touch. Stay well and stay healthy.