Inns, hotels report shocking drop in reservations

The Weekly Packet|05/28/2020

Inns, hotels report shocking drop in reservations
‘There’s been tons of cancellations’
ANNE BERLEANT

The 14-day quarantine required for visitors coming in from out of state, as mandated by Governor Mills, local inn owners agree, is causing uncertainty and problems for the summer season.

Blue Hill Inn owner Duncan Hamilton has seen a scary drop in reservations—about 90 percent less than last year, he said. The inn has been closed since mid-March, and Hamilton plans to open to lodgers July 1, when restrictions may be eased.

While a coalition of campground and restaurant owners have filed a lawsuit against Mills over the quarantine rule, Hamilton said he doesn’t believe in the suit.

“I think she is doing the best thing with the information [available],” he said. “But I’d love to have guests.”

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