Everyone is experiencing a loss of business over the summer and potential loss of business this fall. Hopefully you are already working to minimize the impacts.

A primary goal of everyone is to make sure that no one gets sick as a result of guiding or being on a guided trip in Maine that includes our families and community members.

What can you do to meet this challenge?

Adapt your business to the new situation make changes in how you do things that improve everyone’s safety.

Communicate with clients and potential clients what you are doing to keep them and you safe. What you will expect of them when they arrive and how your operation may be different than it was in the past.

That includes that you are following the current guided trip considerations from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and similar guidance for charterboat trips from the Maine Department of Marine Resources on the saltwater.

Ensure that procedures are followed, group size limited and safety first in everyone’s mind as they are taking part in your activities.

Visitors from outside Maine must follow the Keep Maine Healthy plan. Effective June 26, people who are not residents of Maine or from other states exempted from quarantine requirements, must have received a negative COVID-19 test result that meets the Keep Maine Healthy requirements or they must have already completed their 14 day quarantine in Maine.
Testing is available at sites in Maine and in many states that your clients are coming from.

What will your association is doing

MPGA is your collective voice on policy matters relating to guiding. We are working with state government to make sure that the policies are reasonable and simple to follow and effective.

It appears that as the situation has gotten worse in other states there is considerable reluctance to travel for any reason. All of our members will be directly impacted by this change.

As the economic impact begins to take effect, we will make every effort to make sure that guides are included in any economic recovery plan. Including but not limited to increased promotion of guided outdoor activities.

Do our best to communicate the situation as we know it on the items above regularly to make sure that you have the latest information at least weekly.

None of us can see the future but we will be doing our best to help our membership make it past this current crisis.

Helpful Links

How To Get Tested for COVID-19 in Maine  
Maine DECD Website - Check here for updates and additions to industry checklists, compliance forms, and to report a potential situation of non-compliance.
Maine Office of Tourism - Travel with Care
Paycheck Protection Program Re-opened - The new deadline to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program loan is August 8, 2020.
Press Release - Mills Administration Announces Nearly 20 “Swab and Send” COVID-19 Testing Sites
Press Release - To Fight COVID-19, Governor Mills Strengthens Enforcement of Face Covering Requirement as Maine Reopens