AUGUSTA – State and CDC officials met Wednesday to provide a COVID-19 update, as well as alter rules regarding masks and out-of-state visitors.
Governor Janet Mills will be issuing an Executive Order for retail stores and restaurants to enforce the wearing of masks for all customers.
“We are going to be requiring those businesses, those entities, to enforce the state’s face covering requirement,” Mills said. “What many people have suggested is merely signage that will tell customers: no shoes, no shirt, no mask, no service. It’s as simple as that.”
According to a statement from the governor’s office, the order will be “requiring Maine’s large retail stores, lodging establishments, restaurants, and outdoor bars and tasting rooms in the coastal counties of Hancock, Waldo, Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, Cumberland, and York, and in the more populous cities of Bangor and Brewer and Lewiston and Auburn, to enforce the State’s face covering requirement.”
Also, visitors from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are now exempt from quarantining or showing proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to visit Maine. Residents of New Hampshire and Vermont had already been exempt from those rules.
Currently, there are a total of nearly 3,300 cases of COVID-19 in Maine and 105 people have died from the virus.
For more information about the governor’s mask-wearing mandate, visit the Governor’s website.