Maine hotel, inn owners brace for impact of state suspension of lodging operations

The owners of Maine hotels and inns are bracing for the impact of Gov. Janet Mills’ order suspending most lodging operations in the state beginning Sunday.Many inns and hotels had already ceased operations, while others announced they were delaying opening for the season.The governor’s order, which is in effect through April, means weeks of uncertainty.In addition to hotels and inns, the order applies to Airbnbs and campgrounds. The goal is to discourage people from other states from visiting Maine.Beachmere Inn owner Sarah Diment said she had brought back more than 40 employees for the busy summer season and is currently operating with a staff of about eight.While April is a loss, Diment said she has received cancellations for summer reservations.”This is when not just myself but a lot of properties are looking at their cash flow, to be able to hire, to be able to make purchases, to get ready for the season. So right now in the hotel industry, instead of cash coming in, we have all our cash flows going out because we’re refunding deposits,” Diment said.Diment said she has had customers call in tears because they will have to postpone anniversary or wedding events.Diment said she has applied for assistance to support her business and as many employees as she can.

The owners of Maine hotels and inns are bracing for the impact of Gov. Janet Mills’ order suspending most lodging operations in the state beginning Sunday.

Many inns and hotels had already ceased operations, while others announced they were delaying opening for the season.

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The governor’s order, which is in effect through April, means weeks of uncertainty.

In addition to hotels and inns, the order applies to Airbnbs and campgrounds. The goal is to discourage people from other states from visiting Maine.

Beachmere Inn owner Sarah Diment said she had brought back more than 40 employees for the busy summer season and is currently operating with a staff of about eight.

While April is a loss, Diment said she has received cancellations for summer reservations.

“This is when not just myself but a lot of properties are looking at their cash flow, to be able to hire, to be able to make purchases, to get ready for the season. So right now in the hotel industry, instead of cash coming in, we have all our cash flows going out because we’re refunding deposits,” Diment said.

Diment said she has had customers call in tears because they will have to postpone anniversary or wedding events.

Diment said she has applied for assistance to support her business and as many employees as she can.