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HEALTH & SAFETY

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

Most businesses in Maine are open for business with new protocols in place. Currently, breweries, wineries, and distilleries in Maine are not allowed to welcome guests inside their facilities. As a result, we have not resumed full tour operations but we have created limited availabilities for a select number of open-air tours.

When we started Driving You to Drink Local in 2012 it was to support the small entrepreneurs who selected craft alcohol as their passion and business. Eight years later, we still have many opportunities to support these key partners as they try to rebuild their businesses and remain in operation.

As fellow human beings who also want to stay healthy, we fully understand the anxiety and concerns that our guests have in taking our traditional tours. 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 November 13, 2020

We have limited availability on select open-air tours that are not using buses. Based on the current season, these are exclusively walking tours and running tours that are fully based in outdoor settings and are definitely weather dependent.

Any visits to breweries, wineries, and distilleries would be based on the current protocols that restrict on-premise activities to outside patios and spaces at each of these partners.

In addition, your safety is our biggest concern and we want to make sure you can enjoy the wonderful craft alcohol products of our area in a healthy and safe way.

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.
  • Please check the state website for more information about the Keep Maine Healthy plan before booking and before your party arrives in Maine. updated 8/1/20
  • Maine has three options for visitors from other states:
    • 1) getting a recent negative COVID-19 test
    • 2) maintaining compliance with a 14-day quarantine upon arrival in Maine
    • 3) being exempted if you are from the following states with a similar or better COVID-19 experience than Maine.
      • Those states are: New Hampshire and Vermont (effective June 26).
        • NOTE: Massachusetts is no longer exempt from Maine’s quarantine or negative test requirement as of Nov. 16, 2020. updated 11/13/20
        • Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey exemptions ended on Nov. 4, 2020. updated 11/1/20
  • All guests will have to self-certify the intended compliance of their entire party with the Keep Maine Healthy 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 to before continuing:
    • By checking this box, I acknowledge I have read and will abide by Maine Brew Bus’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. updated 8/1/20

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 prepackaged and will be given to each guest before the tour starts.
  • Water will be available but we are highly encouraging guests to bring their own.

Physical Distancing

  • Posters and signage posted throughout the tour will remind customers of a minimum of 6-foot physical distancing requirements.
  • Guests must wear face coverings at all times (including when walking between stops, when on-site at a partner location, and when seated at the table) except while actively eating or drinking. Guests are strongly encouraged 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. updated 11/5/20
  • Check-in will occur outside Old Port Spirits and Cigars. If check-in is at a different outside location this will be clearly stated in advance. updated 8/1/20
  • 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 people on walking and running tours. updated 9/23/20

Staffing

  • Staff will wear face coverings at all times unless they are seated at a table in a brewery, winery, or distillery. 
  • 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].


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.

Brew Bus Tours

HOW ELSE CAN YOU SUPPORT THE MAINE BREW BUS RIGHT NOW?

Maine Brew Bus Gift Cards

Gift cards that can be used for future tours and Brew Bus merchandise are always available for sale and are a fantastic way that you can continue to support us at this time.