COVID-19 Update

We have certified with the state that we have met all requirements to operate in this new environment. As a result, Blackberry Inn is open for business and carries the State of Maine Seal of approval.


The important stuff:

  • Wear face coverings remain required by both guests and staff, particularly in areas where social distancing will not be possible. We understand there may be medical-related instances where this may not be possible. Please contact us prior to booking to discuss.
  • Maintain good social distancing, at least six feet
  • Avoid touching your hands, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Wash your hands with soap and water, when not available use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
  • Most important of all: IF YOU ARE FEELING SICK, PLEASE STAY HOME 


Update to Maine Travel Policies:


The state has lifted COVID-19 travel restrictions for people who are visiting from any state.


Out-of-staters will no longer have to take a COVID-19 test or quarantine when traveling to Maine unless their state is identified by the CDC as having high rate of COVID variants.


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. The Maine CDC will publicly announce any such states when they are identified.

Effective May 24, capacity limits lifted and physical distancing requirements will be eased. The Mills Administration has announced an update to its public health protocols under the Moving Maine Forward Plan that the state will:

  • lift all capacity limits and requirements to physically distance in all public outdoor settings.
  • lift all capacity limits in public indoor venues. Physical distancing requirements are also eliminated, except in settings where people are eating or drinking and therefore would be removing their face covering – such as indoor restaurants, bars, dining areas in camps or in congregate living facilities, and break rooms.
  • Face coverings must still be worn in public indoor settings. The Maine Department of Health and Human Services and Maine Department of Education will separately update school-based protocols.

The Biden Administration has said that as we approach July 4th, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will issue updated guidance, based on the best available science and the pace of vaccinations, on permissible activities after being vaccinated. The State of Maine will closely evaluate any changes in Federal recommendations.


Check-in/Check-out:

  • Wear face coverings are now required by both guests and staff, particularly in areas where social distancing will not be possible.
  • Maintain good social distancing, at least six feet
  • To reduce multi-point contact, guests will be asked to pay the remaining balance in full upon arrival
  • To avoid overcrowding in the lobby area, we asked that you text or call to let us know you have arrived
  • Upon arrival, you will receive your own packet that includes: Restaurant list that includes types of dining services and a Suggested list things to do and Sterilized key in a plastic bag      


Upon departure, please leave the room key on the front desk. (NOTE) Not returning the key will result in a $10 replacement charge


To reduce the potential spread of COVID-19, there are some community conveniences we are no longer able to offer. Not to worry, we’ve got workarounds! YAY! 


Common area conveniences no longer available:     

  • Community Keurig machines and early morning coffee, tea, and hot water air pots: These services are still available starting at 6:30 am each morning. Just tap on the kitchen door, and we will personally serve you with mask and gloves on! 🙂
  • Ice machines: If you don’t see us hanging around, just shoot us a quick text, and we’ll have a bucket ready and waiting for you.·      


Breakfast service:      

  • Breakfast tables will be set upon guest arrival. All multi-use items have been removed.     
  • We have configured our dining and outdoor patio areas in a way that supports social distancing. Depending on the number of guests, staggered breakfast seating will be implemented.      
  • Staff will be serving guests in gloves and face coverings.  


Housekeeping  

Here are a few extra things we are doing to keep us all safe:   

  • Placing hand sanitizers, extra trash cans and boxes of Kleenex strategically throughout all common areas      
  • Suspending daily in-room housekeeping – Unless told otherwise, fresh towels and amenities will be at your bedroom door each day. Wet towels will be collected outside your door by 10 am each morning. If you need anything else, just let us know.   
  • In addition to our already stringent multi-point room cleaning regimen, we are replacing cleaning products with CDC/EPA approved products     
  •  Following a guest departure, we will block out the room for 24 hours to allow for appropriate airflow and to allow thorough cleaning      


Cancellation policy   

  • Again, if you are not feeling well before arrival, please do not come. If we are notified 14 or more days prior to your arrival, you will be entitled to the refund of your deposit minus the $15 credit card processing fee.
  • If we are notified less than 14 days prior to your arrival, we will retain your deposit.