New travel guidance loosens restrictions for travel to DINE country

girl with maks ready to travelAs more and more people are vaccinated, travel becomes possible for those yearning for vacations to the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE).  Surveys show that more than 80% of would-be travelers are anxious to hit the road for vacations and getaways once again.  The ten Distinctive Inns of New England are ready.  Having honed cleaning, distancing, and sanitation procedures, DINE innkeepers are ready to welcome guests back. Most of the DINE inns are less than a one-tank trip from all New England states and much of the Northeast, making them the perfect destination to dip ones toes back into the world of travel.  Recently each of the New England states has crafted a “move forward” plan, loosening restrictions and encouraging safe travel for the spring, summer and fall months.  Let’s take a look at the most up-to-date travel guidance from each of the states where DINE inns reside.  Keep in mind these guidelines are valid as of April 9, 2021 but could change at any time.

National guidance

As of April 2, 2021, the CDC has updated their travel guidance; since fully vaccinated travelers are less likely to contract and spread COVID-19, they can travel safely within the United States.

Fully vaccinated persons who are at least 14 days or more after the last doTravel magnifies emotions quotese of their vaccine series can travel within the United States and do not have to test before or after travel (unless their destination requires it) and do not have to quarantine after travel.

Fully vaccinated persons should still:

  • Wear a mask over their nose and mouth
  • Stay 6 feet from others and avoid crowds
  • Wash hands often or use hand sanitizer

In Connecticut

When visiting the Inn at Harbor Hill Marina, the following guidelines are in place according to Connecticut Covid 19 Response.

Beginning March 19, 2021, Connecticut’s travel advisory was modified from a requirement to recommended guidance. You will no longer be required to fill out a Connecticut Travel Health Form when traveling, and the state government will not be providing Travel Complaint Forms.  Mandated self-quarantine is no longer required in Connecticut, but travelers should continue to follow CDC guidance on traveling. Learn more about current travel guidance in Connecticut here.

In Massachusetts

Working makes money, travel makes you richPlease consider the following guidelines when visiting Captain’s House Inn on Cape Cod, Deerfield Inn in the Berkshires or Harbor Light Inn in Marblehead. This information was made available by Mass.gov’s Covid 19 Advisory.

As of Monday, March 22, all visitors entering Massachusetts, including returning residents, are advised to quarantine for 10 days upon their arrival.  However, travelers in the following categories are exempt from this quarantine advisory:

  • Travelers who have received a negative COVID-19 result on a test administered not more than 72 hours prior to their arrival in Massachusetts.  Travelers may also test out of the quarantine advisory after arrival in Massachusetts, as long as they quarantine until receiving a negative test result.
  • Anyone who is entering Massachusetts for fewer than 24 hours.
  • Anyone who is returning to Massachusetts after being out of the State for fewer than 24 hours.
  • Workers who enter Massachusetts to perform critical infrastructure functions (as specified by the Federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency) during required commuting to or from work and while at work.
  • Travelers who are fully vaccinated (i.e. who have received two doses of either the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines OR who have received a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, 14 days or more ago) and who do not have symptoms.

For more information and FAQ’s visit https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-travel-advisory.

In New Hampshire

Please consider this travel guidance when visiting Manor on Golden Pond in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region or Chesterfield Inn in West Chesterfield, NH.

Travel quoteDomestic travel within the U.S. outside of New England no longer requires quarantine upon return to NH, although people are recommended to still follow CDC’s travel guidance, including wearing a well-fitted face mask while traveling, practicing social distancing, getting tested 3-5 days after travel (with a molecular or PCR-based test), and limiting public interactions after travel (even if not required to quarantine).

Travelers/visitors to AND residents of NH need to self-quarantine  for 10 days after the last date of any international travel (except for essential travel to/from Canada*), or travel on a cruise ship. However, the following people do NOT need to quarantine after international travel or travel on a cruise ship:

  1. Persons who are 14 days or more beyond completion of COVID-19 vaccination – this means a person must be at least 14 days beyond receipt of the second dose of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, or at least 14 days beyond receipt of the single-dose Janssen (Jonson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine.
  2. Persons who are within 90 days of a prior SARS-CoV-2 infection that was diagnosed by PCR or antigen testing (if a person had a previous infection that was more than 90 days prior, then they are still subject to travel quarantine).

Even persons not required to quarantine after travel, however, still need to monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 daily, practice social distancing, avoid social and other group gatherings, always wear a well-fitted face mask when around other people, and practice good hand hygiene at all times.

For more information on travel restrictions in New Hampshire, visit the Governor’s Safer at Home website.

In Vermont

If your plans include a visit to Grafton Inn in Grafton, VT or Rabbit Hill Inn in Lower Waterford, VT, then you’ll want to consider the following guidelines found at the state of Vermont’s Covid 19 Resource Center.

This week, Vermont’s Governor Phil Scott laid out a Vermont Forward plan to completely reopen the state’s economy and normalize life by July 4 if residents continue to get vaccinated against COVID-19.Scott outlined his “Vermont Forward” plan, which would see the complete reopening of businesses, events and gatherings over the course of three months, ideally by July 4th.

In Step 1, on April 9, travel requirements will be loosened. Vermonters who travel out of state and are not vaccinated will be required to receive a COVID test within three days of returning. Quarantining will not be required. Visitors from out of state who are not vaccinated will be asked to provide a negative test taken within three days of arrival. Presently, and into the future, If you have been vaccinated, you do not need to quarantine to travel to Vermont or return to Vermont, as long as at least 14 days have passed since you received your final vaccine dose.

Step 2 of the Governor’s Move Forward plan will take place when 50–60% of all Vermonters and 60–70% of Vermonters 16 years and older have had at least on shot of a vaccine. In Step 2, all sectors will transition to universal guidance, except the education and health care sectors.

Gathering restrictions will also be loosened to allow one unvaccinated person per 100 square feet, up to 150 people, plus any number of vaccinated people. Outdoors, as many as 300 unvaccinated people will be allowed to gather, plus any number of vaccinated people

If enough people are vaccinated, all travel restrictions will be dropped in June. For more information on the Vermont Forward Plan click here.

In Maine

masks and hand sanitizerPlan to follow the following travel guidelines when visiting the Camden Maine Stay Inn in Camden, ME or Inn at English Meadows in Kennebunkport. The following guidelines from the Moving Maine Forward Plan .

  • Effective March 5: Travel from Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island are exempted from Maine’s test or quarantine requirement, joining Vermont and New Hampshire. People who have either had COVID-19 in the previous 90 days, or are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, regardless of state of origin, are now exempted from Maine’s test or quarantine requirement. Federal requirements related to international travel, however, remain in effect.
  • Effective March 26: The capacity limit for indoor gatherings will increase to 50 percent, and outdoor gatherings to 75 percent.
  • Effective May 1: Shift Maine’s COVID-19 travel policy to automatically exempt all states, unless otherwise determined by the Maine CDC. 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.
  • Effective May 24: The capacity limit for indoor gatherings will increase to 75 percent, and outdoor gatherings to 100 percent.

For more information on the Moving Maine Forward Plan, simply click here.

After months and months of lock-down plus the arrival of spring in New England, aren’t you just itching to get out and travel to your favorite DINE inn? Be sure to book directly with the inn, avoiding third party booking engines for the best rates and service.

In New Hampshire:  Manor on Golden Pond in Holderness & Chesterfield Inn in West Chesterfield

In Connecticut: Inn at Harbor Hill Marina in Niantic

In Maine:  Camden Maine Stay Inn in Camden and Inn at English Meadows in Kennebunkport

In Massachusetts:  Harbor Light Inn in Marblehead, Deerfield Inn in Historic Deerfield and Captain’s House Inn in Chatham on Cape Cod

In Vermont:  Rabbit Hill Inn in Lower Waterford & Grafton Inn in Grafton