BANGOR & BREWER – Travel to the Greater Bangor area has decreased this year compared to years past due to COVID-19 and the order for people coming from outside the state to quarantine for 14 days.
“This year, we’re really seeing such a down turn, as is everyone else, because of COVID-19,” said Kerrie Tripp, executive director of the Greater Bangor Convention and Visitors Bureau. “The rules and restrictions in the state of Maine make it very difficult for people to travel.”
Beginning this past weekend, people traveling from out of state could show a negative COVID-19 test as an alternative to the 14-day quarantine.
“It’s not going to be able to work,” Tripp said. “It’s a very difficult thing to ask people to do. In some areas, it’s very expensive to get the test, and for a family traveling, that could be a possible prohibitive to being in the state.”
Vacationland Inn Managing Partner Leeanne Hewey said this has been difficult.
“They’ve already provided us with information, but how do we know what’s what?” Hewey said. “How do we know that that piece of paper that we’re receiving is truth?”
They said this alternative has yet to help businesses.
“I’m not seeing a rebound in this portion of the state of Maine,” Tripp said.
“We’re going under,” Hewey said. “And, very rapidly.”
Hewey said they are following all protocols.
“They need to trust us on that and know that we have always, always disinfected and cleaned for every virus that’s ever been out there,” Hewey said.
Tripp said more Mainers are visiting destinations within the state.
“The staycation has become extremely popular, and we’re hoping that will continue to help the industry rebound a little bit,” Trip said.