Coronavirus News

October 6, 2020

Mills Administration Announces Maine to Enter Stage 4 of Reopening

October 6, 2020 - The Mills Administration announced today that Maine will move into Stage 4 of the Plan to Restart Maine’s Economy beginning Tuesday, October 13, 2020. With cold weather months approaching, Stage 4 increases limits on indoor seating to 50 percent capacity of permitted occupancy, or 100 people – whichever is less – and maintains the critical public health measures outlined in COVID-19 Prevention Checklists, such as enhanced cleaning practices and physical distancing. Today’s Executive Order also further strengthens the State’s face covering mandate by requiring that a broader set of entities, such as private schools and municipal buildings, ensure that employees and people in their buildings adhere to this critical health measure. The Order also expands the scope of the enforcement statewide, rather than in just Maine’s coastal counties and more populous cities. More...

September 23, 2020

Mills Administration Exempts Massachusetts From Quarantine Or Testing Requirement

The Mills Administration announced today that, effective immediately, travelers from Massachusetts are exempt from the requirement to get a negative COVID-19 test or quarantine for 14 days.
The decision comes after the latest review of public health information by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services and Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, which determined that Massachusetts now resembles exempt states like Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey in its COVID-19 prevalence and positivity rate. More...

September 21, 2020

Governor Mills Announces Phase 2 of Maine Economic Recovery Grant Program Funding for Expanded Pool of Maine Businesses & Non-Profits

September 21, 2020 - Governor Janet Mills announced today that her Administration will launch a second phase of the Maine Economic Recovery Grant Program beginning Wednesday, September 23, 2020.

Phase 2 will make available approximately $95 million in remaining funds from Phase 1 and expand access to the program by increasing the number of eligible businesses and non-profits. Under Phase 2, businesses and non-profits that employ up to 250 people will be eligible for grant rewards. Previously, small businesses and non-profits with up to 50 people were eligible. Additionally, licensed childcare and behavioral health organizations will be eligible in this round. More...

August 21, 2020

Swab & Send COVID-19 Test Site To Open In Rockport Next Week

​The Maine Department of Health & Human Services and MaineHealth have announced the addition of five new ‘Swab and Send’ COVID-19 testing sites at MaineHealth locations, including one at Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport. The Rockport location is slated to open on Thursday, August 27. More...

August 20, 2020

Governor Mills Launches $200 Million Economic Recovery Grant Program to Support Maine Small Businesses

Updated September 3, 2020 - Time is of the essence to apply for the Maine Economic Recovery Grant Program to support Maine businesses and nonprofits as they continue to grapple with economic hardships caused by COVID-19. The program, backed by $200 million in Federal CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF), will provide financial relief for businesses and non-profit organizations that incurred business disruptions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. More...

August 6, 2020

As Maine Seeks to Maintain Relatively Low Virus Spread, Governor Mills Renews State of Civil Emergency

August 5, 2020 - Governor Mills today extended the State of Civil Emergency (PDF) for thirty days through September 3, 2020. The Governor’s decision to extend the emergency is in line with nearly every other state in the nation, which also have ongoing emergency declarations, according to the National Governors Association. The state of New Hampshire renewed its state of emergency last Friday. More...

July 30, 2020

Important Updates from the Maine Department of Labor

Claims for Unemployment Compensation, Week Ending July 25: For the week ending July 25, the Maine Department of Labor recorded about 2,000 initial claims filed for state unemployment insurance, and 600 initial claims filed for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). These claims represent about 2,100 individuals filing an initial claim. About 61,200 weekly certifications, or continued claims, were filed last week for state unemployment. In addition, about 26,000 weekly certifications were filed under PUA. More...

July 30, 2020

Mills Administration Adjusts Outdoor Gathering Limit

The Mills Administration announced an adjustment to the limit on large gatherings for outdoor activities from 50 to 100 people, effective August 1, 2020. Under the increase, however, no more than 5 people are allowed per 1,000 square feet in order to maintain appropriate physical distancing. The gathering limit for indoor activities remains unchanged at 50 people. More...

July 23, 2020

Economic Recovery Committee Delivers Recommendations to Governor Mills to Stabilize Businesses and Support Maine People Amidst Pandemic

July 15, 2020 - Governor Janet Mills announced today that her Economic Recovery Committee has delivered to her its immediate recommendations to stabilize and support Maine’s economy through the unprecedented disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. More...

July 23, 2020

Maine DHHS Announces Four Additional “Swab and Send” COVID-19 Testing Sites

July 21, 2020 - The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced today four additional COVID-19 “swab and send” testing sites, the award of $1 million in federal funding to rural hospitals to increase their labs’ capacity to process COVID-19 tests, and a second round of grants to municipalities under the Keep Maine Healthy Plan to support local COVID-19 public health, education, and prevention efforts. More...