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State Chamber of Commerce wants travel exemptions for MA residents

Maine State Chamber of Commerce President said Massachusetts is the number one feeder market...
Maine State Chamber of Commerce President said Massachusetts is the number one feeder market for tourism and excluding them will continue to have a negative impact on the economy.(WABI)
Published: Jul. 16, 2020 at 7:55 PM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Maine (WABI) - Frustration over who cannot visit Maine due to the pandemic.

Maine State Chamber of Commerce President Dana Connors says he feels it's a mistake for Governor Mills not to include Massachusetts on the travel exemption list.

Same for Rhode Island residents.

Residents from these states must produce a negative coronavirus test or quarantine for 14 days before coming to Maine.

Connors said he's disappointed they still cannot enter the state without restrictions.

He said Massachusetts is the number one feeder market for tourism and excluding them will continue to have a negative impact on the economy.

He commends the Mill’s Administration for the public health work done to keep people safe during the pandemic and agrees we all need to be safe but says COVID-data is favorable in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

“Massachusetts obviously has improved as their website suggests to a level that was comparable to where we were when the three states were opened up, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and so that having Massachusetts come back with an open invitation would be very gratifying to our economy for sure,” Maine State Chamber of Commerce, President, Dana Connors explained.

Connors also hopes the number of people at a gathering can be lifted.

He said the longer gatherings like weddings remain limited to 50 people the more jobs are lost and businesses permanently closed.

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