AUGUSTA – Monday marked the start of Phase 2 of Gov. Janet Mills’ plan to reopen the state’s economy.
Beginning Monday, many retail businesses were allowed to reopen and restaurants can offer dine-in and outdoor service in Penobscot County, as it joins 12 other counties previously permitted in the governor’s plan.
Restaurants in York, Cumberland and Androscoggin counties may open to outdoor dining, but dine-in service is delayed.
During his daily briefing on Monday, Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah was asked how comfortable he was with businesses reopening.
“The conditions in which businesses across the state are reopening are in many instances quite different from the way they operated just a few months ago and in almost all instances, not a return to normal,” Shah said.
“The way in which businesses have been asked to reopen, or provided guidelines around reopening, is to reopen in a manner that simultaneously allows resumption of economic activity but also simultaneously protects public health.”
Doctor Shah said the number of cases in Maine rose to more than 2,300.
According to Shah,there were no new deaths to report on Monday and 1,586 Mainers have now recovered from the virus.