Mills administration delays reopening of bars across Maine

Published: Jun. 22, 2020 at 2:36 PM EDT
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The Mills Administration is delaying indoor service at bars in Maine indefinitely.

That announcement coming Monday.

Bars were set to begin allowing indoor service on July 1st as part of Phase 3 of the state's reopening plan.

During Monday's CDC briefing, state officials cited a higher risk of transmission of coronavirus stemming from visiting bars.

They say people are in close contact, often unable to physically distance, and are not wearing face coverings.

"This postponement also follows recent reports of COVID-19 outbreaks linked to the reopening of bars in states like Florida, Texas, Louisiana, and Idaho," said DHHS Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew. "This was a difficult decision but necessary given the increased public health risk and the outbreaks we have seen across the country related to indoor service."

Bars can still offer outdoor service.

The Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations has been directed to work with them to accommodate making that feasible.