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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 September 23, 2020
We have opened up limited availability on select tours that are not focused on buses. This includes bike tours, boat (sail and power) tours, running tours, and walking 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: Massachusetts (effective September 23), Connecticut, New York, New Jersey (effective July 3) and New Hampshire and Vermont (effective June 26). updated 9/23/20
- 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.
- Posters and signage posted throughout the tour will remind customers of a minimum of 6-foot physical distancing requirements.
- Guests are required to wear face coverings while checking in, during the rides/walks, and anytime they are not at the designated table when at a brewery, winery, or distillery. This includes getting up just to take a picture, use the restroom, and to make additional purchases. updated 8/1/20
- 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 biking, running, and walking tours and up to 6 people on sailing boat tours and up to 13 or 18 people (vessel dependent) on larger boat tours. updated 9/23/20
- 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.
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