Our 2021 Season Message
This time last year, we were frantically adapting to the latest CDC guidelines to create the healthiest environment possible here at Sandy Pines Campground.
Today, we are excited for a more relaxed atmosphere throughout the state of Maine while remembering the many lessons and better practices we learned during the pandemic:
Hand sanitizer and enhanced cleaning protocols are here to stay
We were proud of our high cleanliness standards before the pandemic but COVID-19 made us even better. Our guests were so pleased with the addition of our night cleaning shift and enhanced protocols that we will be maintaining them every season going forward.
Why some of our employees are still wearing masks
We have encouraged all employees to get vaccinated but we respect their freedom of choice.
Employees who choose not to get vaccinated are required to wear masks. However, please know that several of our team members choose to wear masks even though they are fully vaccinated. These employees believe masks keep them safe in all kinds of social situations and we respect their freedom of choice as well.
The Latest Updates from the State of Maine:
As of May 1, 2021 the State of Maine has automatically exempted all states from the requirement to test or quarantine, unless a state is otherwise determined by the Maine CDC as being high risk.
Effective May 24: All capacity limits for indoor gatherings and outdoor gatherings are lifted.
Physical distancing requirements for outdoor settings are eliminated.
Physical distancing requirements for indoor settings are also eliminated, except in settings where people congregate for eating, drinking and therefore must remove face coverings. Examples are indoor restaurants, bars, dining areas, school cafeterias, break rooms, etc.
Face-covering requirements for indoor public venues remain in effect, per COVID-19 Prevention Checklists.
Note: Businesses with more capacity under the current limits — 50 people for indoor gatherings, 100 people for outdoor gatherings, or 5 people per 1,000 square feet — are permitted to maintain that standard until May 24.
Our Promise to YOU is the same as last year
- We have implemented stringent and thorough cleaning processes, checklists, and methods using CDC recommended chemicals at all local businesses to make our spaces pristine and ensure your safety
- We have looked carefully at how to create appropriate social distancing throughout your visit for your safety
- We have installed hand sanitizing stations throughout the property at important touchpoint areas
- We have reviewed opportunities in all businesses to ensure single-use touchpoints during your visit
- Our team members have been trained in all cleaning protocols
- We have installed signage where appropriate to guide you with all standards in place
Your Promise to Us is easier but still important
You are our guests, and we are thrilled to welcome you to Sandy Pines. For the safety of our hard-working team members and fellow visitors, we ask you to consider these things before you visit.
- All guests are required to either be vaccinated (no proof of vaccination required) or wear masks.
- This policy is for everyone’s protection—be safe, be kind and enjoy your visit to Sandy Pines!
- Please review and sign the Pledge to Protect ME as a way to let us know that you’re committed to keeping yourself healthy even as federal and state mandates are relaxed.
What You Can Expect During Your Visit
Check-In- No Need to stop by the front desk! We have created an online Express Check-in process that you can complete from home. We will e-mail you two days prior to your arrival with the instructions. Simply arrive at Sandy Pines front gate and proceed directly to your site.
PLEASE ASSIST US BY USING OUR EXPRESS CHECK-IN SERVICE.
Check-Out- Simply drop your key in the boxes located at the front gate and in front of the General Store and we’ll email you your receipt that day
Communications– We are maintaining our texting feature for Guest Service. We will text you upon arrival with our number and you may contact us with any questions or needs throughout the day.
Pool– Guests can make pool reservations in two-hour slots and will be expected to maintain social distancing in the pool and when using the deck area. We will limit the number of persons in the pool at the same time if necessary to ensure social distancing is in place.
Playground/Games– The playground is open and we strongly encourage the use of sanitizer before and after use of the playground. The playground equipment will be thoroughly sanitized once a day. The games are available on property and sanitized equipment for ping pong, volleyball, cornhole, and ladder ball can be signed out at the store or you are welcome to bring your own.
Bathhouses– We have implemented stringent cleaning practices using CDC-approved chemicals and the bathhouses will be cleaned at regular intervals. We have provided additional cleaning supplies in bathhouses should you require additional comfort.
Public Area Cleaning– We will rotate regularly through the property with a strict cleaning schedule for all guest contact areas. We have developed checklists and protocols for team members to utilize when cleaning. All employees are provided with the proper PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) to keep our team safe. We will ensure that employees have access to hand soap, cloth face coverings, gloves, masks, goggles, tissues, paper towels, and a designated trash bin to dispose of used items.
Glamping Units- We will be following the cleaning protocols designed by the American Hotel Lodging Association and the DECD-State of Maine.
General Store– We no longer require social distancing but we require that you wear a mask if you are not vaccinated. Please no re-usable bags at this time. A regular cleaning schedule will be in place throughout the day and touchpoints will be cleaned frequently.