AUGUSTA – Governor Janet Mills took further steps to slow the spread of COVID-19 Friday, ordering all travelers arriving in Maine to self-quarantine for 14 days.
The order is effective immediately, and applies to anyone entering the state, regardless of their state of residency.
It exempts people providing essential services.
The order instructs any visitors, who might be displaying coronavirus symptoms or traveling from coronavirus “hot spots,” not to travel to Maine.
According to a statement from the governor’s office, the order also suspends lodging operations, like hotels and bed & breakfasts and short-term rentals like campgrounds, effective April 5 at noon.
There are some lodging exceptions, like for persons in domestic violence situations, homeless individuals, or healthcare workers.
In a statement, the governor said Maine is a welcoming state, and asked for cooperation from visitors and returning residents, while also requesting that Mainers not make assumptions about others.
Mills’ statement went on to say, “Let us treat all people in Maine with compassion and kindness. That is how we will get through this.”
The order will be in effect until at least April 30.
You can read the full order HERE.