Sea View Motel Ogunquit Exciting News
Greetings to all our valued and future guests. So happy to say that we are now just weeks away from opening. About a month later than scheduled but better late than never! We view our reopening as a partnership between you, our team, and the communities of which we are a part of.
Together we have all been weathering this storm and are optimistic and excited about the 2020 summer season in Ogunquit. Beaches and Restaurants are gradually opening and should be ready for their summer guests. It has been a very trying time these past few months with lots of uncertainty and changes by the day. We would like to share these announcements for your convenience.
Opening Day for 2020, our 10th season:
- Thursday June 18, 2020
From Gov. Mills Office for reopening the State:
- All Maine residents may stay as soon as we open with no restrictions.
- Visitors from outside Maine are still being asked to quarantine for 14 days after getting here, but the state had no enforcement protocol for the quarantine requirement.
- The Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Heather Johnson announced the change during a daily news briefing on the state’s response to the coronavirus. When asked during a media briefing if the quarantine rule was essentially an honor system, Johnson said it was.
- We do not have the clarity we desired but you are encouraged to form your own opinion.
We are in this together!
- The Sea View Motel is closely monitoring government policy changes, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, government mandates and public health advancements and will continue to make changes as necessary or appropriate to our protocols and procedures.
- We all understand that hospitality may be a bit different for a while. Our goal today is to continue to deliver the same welcome to all our guests as before. We have always had remarkably high standards for cleanliness, but it is even more imperative that we follow strict protocols in a world where COVID-19 is so easily spread.
- It is because we care so deeply about our team, our guests, and our communities that we are dedicated to working to the best of our ability to deliver a comfortable, safe, and secure stay experience.
- Information Signage will be placed throughout the property alerting guests to COVID policies, especially to maintain 6 feet physical distance to the extent possible.
Employee and Guest Health:
Every employee will be responsible for reviewing, understanding, and committing to follow these guidelines. We will ask our guests to be our partners in the effort to keep everyone safe.
As we look forward to hosting you, we are carefully considering all the things that we can do to keep you safe and healthy. However, we need you to be our partners in this endeavor. While you visit with us, we ask you to follow our social distancing guidelines which include, but are not limited to:
- If you are feeling sick or have any symptoms of COVID-19 we ask that you stay home and reschedule or cancel your reservation.
- We ask that you wash your hands as much as possible.
- Guests will be advised to practice physical distancing by standing at least six feet away from other groups of people they are not traveling with while moving around the property.
- We will be ready to support our guests.
- All Employees will be reminded to practice physical distancing by standing at least six feet away from guests and other employees whenever possible.
- We are actively engaging in remodeling our sanitization and cleaning procedures for all guest rooms, public areas and the pool.
- Regular and frequent sanitization of high-touch areas that are accessible to staff, guest’s and suppliers.
Things to Consider:
- All reservations will be 100% refundable without penalty if the Governor’s guidelines change or restrictions are put in place again.
- We are developing procedures for contactless check in. To help alleviate the risk of COVID-19 transmission through person-to-person contact, 24-48 hours before your arrival we will charge your remaining balance due to the credit card you made your deposit with.
- Room keys will be sanitized and placed with your receipt in a sealed envelope or plastic bag outside the reception entrance.
- The reception rest room will not be available for registered guests or visitors.
- There will be no housekeeping provided this year. For your safety and the safety of our staff, housekeeping services will be limited to cleaning and the advanced sanitation measures utilized betweenguest stays only.
- No staff will enter your room unless there is an emergency.
- Fresh towels, additional amenities, additional sheets, blankets and pillows can be exchanged during office/reception open hours.
- Hair Dryers, Refrigerators, Microwaves and Coffee Makers are in all guest rooms.
- In-room Phones were removed.
- As of now the pool will open on July 1, 2020. We have not yet been given guidelines, but we suspect the 6-foot social distancing requirements will be in effect.
- Industry leading cleaning and sanitizing protocols are used to clean guest rooms, with particular attention paid to high-touch items including TV remote controls, toilet seats and handles, door and furniture handles, water faucet handles, nightstands, light switches and temperature control panels and more.
- We are not equipped to handle the added requirements and spacing to safely offer the continental breakfast this year. We do hope to offer it again in 2021.
- Morning coffee is available, and we are implementing safety protocols, these are in process.
- General items
- Please consider we have exterior entry doors for guest room entry.
- We do not know the status of the Trolley this year. We are ¼ mile walk to downtown and 6/10 mile to the beach and walkable.
We know we have presented a lot of information and changes in a short time to you. There will be more so let’s hope that these changes accomplish two things, improves our safety and brings us closer to Normal!
In closing Patty and I want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts. This pandemic has affected all of us from every walk of life. Many of us know someone close to us who has contacted this terrible disease and may have lost their life. We pray for these victims and their families and may they rest in peace.
JJ Mokarzel and Patty Mason