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HEALTH & SAFETY

How we are keeping our tour staff, guests, and partners safe and healthy

Breweries, wineries, and distilleries in Maine are now allowed to welcome guests inside their facilities on a very restricted basis. Our limited tour options have been designed to stay within state guidelines as well as to keep our guests, staff, and partners as safe as possible.

Before booking a tour or activity with us, please review the state Moving Maine Forward plan as well as the expectations we have outlined for each of our guests. 

The Moving Maine Forward plan is designed to be a multilayered approach that aims to protect Maine people, protect visitors, and support Maine small businesses by reducing, to the greatest extent possible, COVID-19 risks associated with travel.

All of our guests must fully comply with the Moving Maine Forward plan, without exception. We also have established protocols for our staff and guests on each tour that must be maintained at all times.

This page is to explain how in what ways we are addressing trip flexibility along with health and safety protocols. This is to keep our guests, our staff, and tour partners healthy.

Please take a few minutes to read through and fully understand the responsibilities that we each have in order to work together and operate safely.

This page will be updated and dated as necessary.


Status as of May 1, 2021

shapeWe have limited availability on select tours that visit breweries, wineries, and distilleries. These tours are based on the current protocols that restrict on-premise activities at these establishments in various ways.

Your safety is our primary concern. We want to make sure you can enjoy the wonderful craft alcohol products of our area in a healthy and safe way.

 

Travel To and From Maine

As of May 1st, no visitors from any U.S. states are subject to any travel restrictions when visiting Maine. All U.S. residents can now enjoy unrestricted travel to and from Maine.

Under the Moving Maine Forward plan, Maine has shifted its COVID-19 travel policy to automatically exempt all states, unless a state is otherwise determined by the Maine CDC as being high risk. If one or more states see a spike in cases of highly contagious COVID-19 variants, Maine will apply its test or quarantine requirement to travelers to and from that state.

  • No U.S. states are currently identified as high-risk.
  • International travel is still restricted in the U.S.

Please check the state website for more information about the Moving Maine Forward plan before booking and again before your party arrives in Maine for any changes to the plan. 

Bookings and Payments 

  • Tours will be available solely by advance reservation, no walk-up guests will be allowed to take a tour at the last minute.
  • We operate rain, shine, and snow as long as the roads and sidewalks are safe and we have met our minimum number of guests to operate the tour.
  • All ticket sales are final. Tours cannot be exchanged, rescheduled, or refunded.
    • We offer ticket insurance which allows you to cancel or reschedule your tour with at least 24 hours’ notice, and we will reschedule or reimburse you for your full tour ticket price (minus ticketing fee and insurance fee).
  • All guests will have to self-certify the intended compliance of their entire party with the Moving Maine Forward plan before booking. In addition, the online waiver will be completed by each individual guest before arriving for the tour and activity. The below language will appear in both places and will need to be acknowledged before continuing:
    • By checking this box, I acknowledge I have read and will abide by Maine Brews Cruise’s Health & Safety Policy.
    • I hereby acknowledge that any member of my party failing to abide by these policies will result in my entire party not being able to participate in the activity.

Cleaning, Health, and Safety

  • High contact areas on the bikes, boats, and buses (when available) will be sanitized before, after, and between each stop of the tour. 
  • Hand sanitizer will be available through the guides on each tour for guests to use at any time. 
  • Staff will be required to wash or sanitize their hands at the start and end of their shifts, and throughout their shifts. 
  • Any snacks used will be commercially prepared and will be given to each guest individually (i.e. no sharing of plates).
  • Water will be available but we are highly encouraging guests to bring their own.

For Guests

  • Staff will remind customers of a minimum of 6-foot physical distancing requirements.
  • Maine does not currently require people to wear face coverings in outdoor settings. The Maine CDC recommends that people wear face coverings in outdoor settings where it is difficult to maintain physical distancing. Face coverings are still required for indoor public settings, and there are no changes to Maine’s physical distancing requirements at this time. Read more…
  • Guests must wear face coverings when on-site at a partner location and when seated at the table, except while actively eating or drinking. Guests are asked to put on their face covering any time there is waitstaff at the table (e.g., when taking orders, delivering food or drink, busing tables). Statewide in Maine, customers must also wear face coverings when interacting with employees at a pick-up window, curbside pick-up area, or drive-thru.
  • Check-in will occur outside of Old Port Spirits and Cigars. If check-in is at a different outside location this will be clearly stated in advance. 
  • Staff and guests will maintain a 6-foot distance between themselves as much as possible. 
  • Group size for tours will be limited (not including guide/driver/crew): Up to 7 guests on walking, biking, and running tours. 

For Our Staff

  • Staff will wear face coverings at all times unless they are seated at a table in a brewery, winery, or distillery and actively eating or drinking. 
  • Protective gloves will be available to staff to be used for certain tasks.
  • Staff schedule will minimize the amount of interaction between staff members, limiting the overlap between shifts, and assigning the same people to the same shifts as much as possible. 
  • Staff will be encouraged to report to supervisors any practices or protocols that are not adequately minimizing the risk of exposure to the virus. 

If you have any questions or concerns about our policies, please email before arriving for a tour to [email protected].

Special Note On Capacity Limits

Updated April 27, 2021 – The State of Maine has several restrictions in place for group sizes which currently limits our ability to provide a full assortment of private tour options. The information presented here supersedes potential conflicting details which may be found elsewhere on our website.

shapeBreweries, wineries, and distilleries in Maine are now allowed to welcome guests for seated food and drink service inside their facilities with limits on overall capacity and group sizes. Please note that not every establishment has made the decision to allow this on their premises.

The state guidelines for seated food and drink service as in a restaurant remain in place at this time, “The maximum group party size is 8 people. Patrons must remain with their dining party and not mix with other dining parties.”

In addition, restaurants have to provide physical distancing between tables and stay within total capacity limits.

  • Effective March 26, 2021, through May 23, 2021: 50% of permitted occupancy or 50 persons, whichever is greater.
  • Effective May 24, 2021, and thereafter: 75% of permitted occupancy or 50 persons, whichever is greater.

In addition, “There is no requirement to wear face coverings outside unless it is difficult to maintain physical distancing. Customers must wear masks indoors at all times, including when seated at the table, except while eating or drinking. Customers are asked to put on their face covering any time there is waitstaff at the table (e.g., when taking orders, delivering food or drink, busing tables).”

Finally, all guests must be seated. “All patrons at tables, bars, and counters must have a seat and must be in their seats except when walking in, picking up their order (if applicable), traveling to and from the restroom, and leaving the establishment. Customers should not stand/mingle in any counter or bar area (i.e., groups should not interact with each other).”

See COVID19 Prevention Checklist Industry Guidance – Checklist for Seated Food and Drink Service for more details.

These times will make it extremely difficult for independent businesses to succeed. We highly encourage all of our fans and supporters to continue to support their local businesses of all types. If you intentionally purchase items from a local company you are clearly helping to keep the spending in your community. This has never been more important. 

Stay safe, take care of each other, and continue to Drink Local.