To Everyone's Health!

Updated 7/28/20

Dear NEOC friends,



Well summer is knocking on our doors and some very controlled and responsible activity seems to have returned to the working waterfront here in Portland. It creates a new sense of optimism to see folks socially distancing in the outdoor seating areas of many of our favorite harborside restaurants! Hopefully this measured approach continues to prove an effective way to reopen segments of our state’s economy. Our best wishes go out to you all, and we remain hopeful you and yours have been able to stay healthy over the course of the past couple of months.


We’re now into Phase 2 of Governor Mills’s “Phased Reopening Plan” which paves the way for some professional office-space usage to resume, and the NEOC is pleased to have received approval from DECD to operate under their guidance and in accordance with their General Guidance Checklist. Below is a short list of useful links providing comprehensive information pertaining to Maine’s Covid-19 response and plan, please click through and do some investigating. If you should have any questions about how we are modifying our operations, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us directly at or 207-560-5850.

General Guidance Checklist – What the NEOC is doing to keep employees and customers safe


Basic Covid-19 prevention guidelines for all visitors to the Hús:

  • Practice social distancing at all times and respect the space of others

  • Wash and/or sanitize your hands upon entry and throughout your stay, we have plenty of sanitizer and sinks at your disposal

  • Wear a mask upon entry, keep it ready for use when in close proximity to others, and don't worry if you forgot yours, we'll have plenty of extras in the entryway

  • Keep your mask on when walking through the common spaces of the Hús

  • Sanitize your hands before and after using frequently touched objects and surfaces, there should be a spray bottle somewhere nearby

  • Wipe objects after use as best as possible

  • Avoid visiting after travel in accordance with State of Maine guidelines

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes and wash your hands afterwards

  • "When can I remove my mask?" Good question. Here is our policy:

    • Tenants may ​their remove masks when in an office or at a permanent workstation

    • Visitors may remove their mask if visiting a tenant in their office, or when isolated in the Hús in a manner that adheres to "physical distancing" guidelines and are more than 6 feet away from the nearest person

    • Any guest may remove their mask when in one of the breakout rooms as long as the entire party is comfortable with the decision. We encourage clear communication prior to removing masks.

  • #WHOISNEXT helps us keep things clean! During the pandemic, we all have a responsibility to others, and the #whoisnext campaign is our way of encouraging everyone to be thinking "who will be using the space after me". With this in mind, we ask all guests to wipe down surfaces and objects with sanitizer after use, clear all personal items such as empty coffee cups, and avoid leaving personal items in common areas. Let's make sure those that follow are as comfortable as you and I.

Travel, Quarantine, Exemptions and Visiting the Hús:

The NEOC is adhering to the State of Maine's travel guidance and asks that visitors observe all of the appropriate mandates. It creates a challenge for us all, undoubtedly, but let's all do our part and get through this together.

The State of Maine has imposed the following:

  • All out of state travelers, whether Maine residents or visitors, must quarantine for 14 days upon entry

  • The state only exempts those visiting or returning from NH, VT, CT, NJ, NY from the mandatory 14 day quarantine without a test

  • All other exemptions require a negative PCR (molecular) test within 72 hours of entry into the state

  • For up to the minute updates, please visit the State of Maine's COVID-19 Travel Page

Events at the Hús:

The NEOC currently manages its events in accordance with the state's COVID 19 Prevention Checklist for gatherings and on a case by case basis. If you're interested in using the space or have specific questions about the operation, we encourage you to make reach out to us at

Additional Covid-19 Resources:

Updates for Our Community on Events & Programming
  • With the help of our members, tenants and collaborators, we will modify previously arranged programming with public health and safety in mind

  • We are committed to adaptation and excited to find new ways to engage with our clients and audiences throughout COVID-19’s period of heightened caution

  • In the Hús, we are routinely cleaning all frequently touched surfaces, including countertops, tables and doorknobs with approved disinfectants

  • We’ll continue to arrange small tours for those interested in seeing the space, please send a note to

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68 Commercial Street

Portland, ME 04101

Phone: 207-560-5850


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