COVID-19 UPDATES.

Stay Healthy & Stay Engaged.

New Preventive Action!

Updated 12/14/20

Dear NEOC friends,

 

First off, we would like to thank everyone for their compliance with our Covid-19 guidelines and policies. It certainly isn’t easy to be perfect, but we’re all doing our best. At the NEOC we remain committed to providing a safe, clean, and accessible environment and are able to continue to do so with your help. So for that, we are deeply appreciative.

 

On Friday, December 11th, Governor Mills strengthened her mask-wearing mandate so we are taking that opportunity to freshen up our policies, improve our operation, and re-communicate the fundamentals to everyone. A couple key reminders:
 

  • Masks in the Hús are required at all times EXCEPT when you’re in your office, seated at your permanent workstation, or when eating or drinking.

  • The Hús is a symptom-free zone, please stay home if you’re feeling sick. Remember, no matter the illness, keep it out of the bi’ness!

  • Sanitize and wash your hands often, this dramatically reduces the spread of the virus and other illnesses.

  • Sanitize public items and spaces after use. All you need to do is a quick spray and wipe! Ask yourself, #whoisnext.

  • KEY CHANGES:

    • Masks are required in the dining area at all times EXCEPT when eating or drinking

    • The quarantine period for travel has been reduced from 14 to 10 days without a negative test

    • The only quarantine-exempt states are NH and VT

Our Policies!

 

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

  • Practice physical distancing by maintaining 6 feet of space between you and others at all times, and respect the space of others

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

  • Wear a mask upon entry and throughout your stay at the Hús, and don't worry if you forgot yours, we have plenty of extras in the entryway

  • Keep your mask on when walking through the common spaces of the Hús and when talking to other tenants

  • 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

  • Please be sensitive to your own exposure via personal travel and that of family or friends. If you have traveled recently, please adhere to quarantine or testing guidelines put forth by Maine’s health authorities and only visit the Hús after appropriate steps have been taken.

  • Please be sensitive to your own exposure to COVID-19. Be mindful of positive tests that you or family may have been in close proximity to and avoid visiting the Hús until you have quarantined or received the appropriate negative tests.

  • Safety is no accident! Your commitment to an abundance in caution will help keep us all safe and healthy. Thank you in advance!
     

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

    • UPDATE: Please leave your mask on in the dining area, as well as all other public spaces in the Hús, EXCEPT when you are stationary and eating. Please maintain physical distance when eating.

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

    • Visitors may remove their mask if visiting a tenant in their office

    • 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, and always encourage masks be left on at all times.

    • Please consider wearing your mask when leaving the building and entering pier and commercial street activities
       

  • #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.

Sanitization? Signage? You Betcha!

  • We’re constantly cleaning the Hús so it’s ready for you to use safely. In the State of Maine, we’re required to adhere to all the appropriate elements of the General Guidance Checklist, so rest easy, enjoy the coffee and be productive!

Capacity Considerations

The NEOC currently manages its general capacity and maxima for meetings and gatherings in accordance with the state's COVID 19 Prevention Checklist and on a case-by-case basis. Our general capacity is 5 guests per 1000 square feet of space. The Hús is approximately 8,000 square feet so our capacity sits at 40.

 

Because the Hús has specific work areas, we have also broken down occupancy limitations for each:

  • Dolland breakout: 5 people

  • Youle breakout: 4 people

  • Fresnel boardroom: 8 people (upon approval only)

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 info@newenglandoceancluster.com.

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 10 days upon entry if not in possession of a negative test that meets the State’s approved exemption criteria

  • The State will allow adults who obtain and receive a negative COVID-19 Antigen or PCR (molecular) test from a specimen taken no longer than 72 hours prior to arrival to forgo the 10-day quarantine upon arrival in Maine

  • The State exempts those visiting or returning from NH and VT from the mandatory 10-day quarantine without a test. Exemptions for Connecticut, New York and New Jersey ended Nov. 4, 2020, and the exemption for Massachusetts ended Nov. 16, 2020.

  • All other exemptions require a negative Antigen or PCR (molecular) test

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

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

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 chris.cary@newenglandoceancluster.com

We'll share all event related notifications and updates via social media!

As you get in the habit of engaging in some more regular day-to-day activities, please continue to be vigilant. If you should have any questions about how we are modifying our operations, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us directly at info@newenglandoceancluster.com or 207-560-5850.

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