COVID-19 Policies

Hurray! The Hutchinson Center is open for business and operating at full capacity.

We are delighted to return to serving our community by providing conference space, classes, and programming (both in-person and online).

Planning on visiting or renting space at the Hutchinson Center? Wonderful! We can’t wait to see you!

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Here are a few things to consider…

Under the current UMaine policy, masks are still required inside all public spaces in the building, regardless of vaccination status, with the exception of eating and drinking in designated spaces. (Forgot your mask? No worrieswe’ve got plenty on hand to share.)

While we’re no longer utilizing social distancing protocols by default, we’re more than happy to work with your group to accommodate social distancing if desired.

Here are some of the additional protocols we have in place to keep everyone safe, happy, and healthy…


If you are not feeling well, have or have recently had a fever, have been in close contact with anyone who has COVID-19 or COVID-19-like symptoms, have any doubts about your health and/or potential exposure to COVID-19, or are waiting on the results of a COVID test, please refrain from entering the Hutchinson Center. Get better, then come back! 🙂

Hand Sanitizing

Hand sanitizing stations are provided throughout the building and visitors are strongly encouraged to utilize them, particularly upon entering and exiting the building.


All rooms are cleaned and sanitized daily. High-volume touchpoints throughout our building including restrooms and door entrances/exits are being cleaned and disinfected frequently.

All Hutchinson Center staff members have received training on standard personal preventative measures, using sanitization/disinfection products.

Contact Tracing

All groups may be required to provide a list of participants and their contact information in the event that contact tracing becomes necessary. If we need to provide information for contact tracing, group organizers would be our primary contact. If a member of your group is diagnosed with or discovered to have been potentially exposed to COVID-19, your group organizer is required to contact the Hutchinson Center immediately. If we discover that any of our staff or guests have been diagnosed with or potentially exposed to COVID-19, we will contact your group organizer immediately.


The trusted caterers we work with (Bay Wrap, Bell the Cat, Hannaford and Rollie’s) have agreed to provide individual, bagged lunches rather than buffet-style serving. All food will be prepared off-site, according to strict sanitation protocols. Use of kitchens at the Hutchinson Center is limited to staff only. Gloves and face coverings/masks are required for anyone preparing or serving food.

Breakout Spaces

Looking for additional breakout space? Our porch is an excellent place to dine or have a tête-a-tête en plein air. Our atrium is large, light-filled, and airy. 

Want to get outside for a little forest bathing before/during/after your meeting or event? The Little River Trail starts in our lower parking lot. One of our staff members would be happy to direct you.


If you have any concerns, feedback or questions before, during or after your visit, please contact Hutchinson Center Interim Director, Kim Wilson-Raymond at 207.338.8034 or


Thank you for your flexibility, compassion and for keeping us all safe.