Governor Mills expands travel to Maine, increases gathering capacity in preparation for tourism season

She says she hopes to stabilize Maine’s economy while protecting public health.
(Office of Governor Janet T. Mills)
Published: Mar. 5, 2021 at 11:18 AM EST
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AUGUSTA, Maine (WABI) - Governor Mills announced changes to Maine’s COVID-19 restrictions ahead of the tourism season.

She says she hopes to stabilize Maine’s economy while protecting public health.

Starting immediately, people from Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island can travel to the state without a 10-day quarantine or negative COVID test. Mills is also lifting the testing and quarantine requirement for anyone who has been fully vaccinated for at least 14 days.

On May 1, Americans can travel to Maine without quarantine or a COVID-19 test unless they come from a state the CDC determines to have highly contagious COVID-19 variants.

On March 26, capacity limits for businesses and churches will be 50 percent indoors and then increase to 75 percent before Memorial Day on May 24. Outdoor limits will increase to 75 percent and then 100 percent, on those same dates. Mask mandates will still be in effect for indoor gatherings. Bars and tasting rooms will open on March 26 as well, and they will be required to operate under the Seated Food and Drink COVID-19 Checklist.

“Public health and economic health go hand-in-hand – and this plan aims to achieve both,” said Governor Mills in a statement. “By maintaining proven health measures, providing straightforward protocols, and establishing clear timeframes, this plan will protect the health of Maine people and visitors alike and support Maine’s economy during our critical tourism season.”

Dr. James Jarvis with Northern Light Health says Governor Mills’ reopening plan is encouraging news.

Dr. Jarvis says although restrictions will be eased over time, people should continue to wear masks and practice social distancing.

He says the state’s progress made throughout the pandemic is reliant on Mainers staying persistent.

”We are seeing numbers head in the right direction, but I’m always cautiously optimistic when I talk about that. It takes one Individual to infect many others to cause an outbreak to occur, and we’re right back where we were before, but I do think it’s encouraging news for everybody,” said Dr. James Jarvis.

Jarvis says businesses, schools, and alike should continue what they’ve been doing for the past year to keep people safe - even as restrictions are eased.

Mills added if things go south or a new variant of the coronavirus appears in Maine the capacity limits could go back down.

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