To our fellow admirers of the beautiful Marginal Way:
The Marginal Way is open with specific guidelines for Covid-19 safety which have been posted at the entry points of the Marginal Way.
Masks will be required, as many sections of the path are much too narrow to allow the protocol of 6 feet of social distancing per CDC and Maine CDC recommendations.
In addition to mask-wearing, state-mandated social distancing guidelines should also be adhered to wherever they reasonably can be on areas of the Marginal Way.
Currently, anyone visiting Ogunquit from out of state must comply with Gov. Janet Mills’ executive order that requires:
- they self-quarantine for 14 days -or-
- they are tested within 72 hours of coming to Maine for Covid-19 and have negative results (i.e. test as not being infected by Covid-19)
- Residents of New Hampshire and Vermont are currently exempt from the above requirements.
Everyone is being asked to please adhere to the local guidelines for the health and safety of everyone – and so we can keep the Marginal Way open moving forward.
The State of Maine has created a “Keep Maine Healthy” web page with answers to all your questions about current quarantine and exemption rules.
We hope that everyone follows the guidance recommended by the CDC to protect themselves and others during this time. We are hopeful that taking every precaution today will bring us closer to enjoying our Beautiful Place by the Sea together again soon.
For those not able to visit the Marginal Way, let us use this as an opportunity to share the beautiful moments we’ve captured along this coastal treasure with our many facebook and instagram followers. Please submit your photos and stories to our inbox and we will share photo submissions weekly.
Also, don’t forget the web cam service that is made possible thanks to your contributions to the Marginal Way Preservation Fund. While you may be unable to walk the Way and the beaches at this time, you can sign up to access the stunning views from the Marginal Way from anywhere, anytime: https://www.marginalwayfund.org/webcam/
Thank you for your support and cooperation and we very much look forward to seeing everyone enjoying the Marginal Way again.
CARES Act encourages charitable contributions:
The following is from the Maine Policy Institute:
As you likely know, there have been some changes to federal tax law as a result of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the federal stimulus bill to help states, families and businesses combat the coronavirus pandemic.
The CARES Act makes two noteworthy changes to federal charitable giving rules for the 2020 tax year and beyond, including:
- Individuals who do not itemize their deductions and give up to $300 to charity can add $300 to the standard deduction. This change is an above-the-line deduction that decreases a filer’s adjusted gross income, reducing taxable income and enabling them to qualify for other tax breaks. This applies only to individuals who give cash gifts to a qualified charity, not donor advised funds (DAF).
- Individuals who itemize their deductions can now deduct 100% of their charitable giving from their adjusted gross income. Under previous law, this amount was capped at 60%. The limit for businesses has also been increased from 10% of taxable income to 25%. Similarly, this change applies only to cash gifts to public charities, not private foundations or DAF.
We hope you will continue to support our mission and other nonprofits that make our state such a special place to call home. Thank you for your past, current and future support.