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July 8, 2020

Governor Mills Strengthens Enforcement of Face Covering Requirement, Extends State of Emergency

​Governor Janet Mills today issued an Executive Order requiring large retail businesses, restaurants, outdoor bars, tasting rooms, and lodging establishments in Maine’s more populous cities and coastal counties to enforce the State’s face covering requirement. Governor Mills today also extended the State of Civil Emergency for thirty days through August 6, 2020. More...

July 1, 2020

Mills Exempts CT, NY, and NJ From Quarantine & Testing Requirement; Masks Required in some Knox County Businesses

​The Mills Administration announced today that it is exempting visitors from the States of Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey from the 14-day quarantine requirement or negative COVID-19 testing alternative, effective this Friday, July 3, 2020. The decision comes after the Administration reviewed public health data in other states to determine the appropriateness of additional exemptions, like those previously extended to New Hampshire and Vermont. More...

June 17, 2020

EIDL Loan Program Reopened To All Eligible Businesses

​The U.S. SBA is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses impacted by the COVID-19. This program had previously been restricted to agricultural businesses, but has now been reopened to any eligible business. More...

June 8, 2020

Governor Mills Announces Quarantine Alternatives, Welcomes NH & VT Residents

The Mills Administration today unveiled an alternative to the State’s 14-day quarantine requirement for people entering Maine. The multilayered plan, called Keep Maine Healthy, aims to protect the health of Maine people and visitors while allowing the opportunity for people to visit Maine and support Maine small businesses during the summer months. More...

June 5, 2020

City of Rockland Offers Business Loan Program

​The City of Rockland has launched the Rockland Recovery Loan program, which offers deferred-payment loans of up to $5,000 at 0% APR to eligible businesses affected by COVID-19. More...

June 4, 2020

Additional Business Openings Permitted Starting June 12

​The Mills Administration today announced additional business reopenings under the Governor’s rural reopening plan. Under the update, in 13 counties, tasting rooms and bars may open for outside service and gyms and fitness centers, nail salons, and tattoo and piercing parlors may open with added health and safety precautions beginning on Friday, June 12th. These establishments may reopen everywhere in all counties except for York, Cumberland, and Androscoggin Counties. More...

May 29, 2020

Governor's New Executive Order Requires Face Mask Signage in Businesses by June 5

​Governor Janet Mills today signed an Executive Order that requires businesses accessible to the public to post readily visible signs notifying customers of the requirement to wear cloth face coverings in that setting, and permits businesses to deny entry or service to a person who is not wearing a covering and is not otherwise exempt from the requirement to do so. This is part of an overall Executive Order addressing the gradual easing of restrictions implemented under previous Executive Orders as the state continues to reopen under the Restarting Maine’s Economy plan. More...

May 27, 2020

Maine DOL Takes Action to Prevent and Stop Fraud

​The Maine Department of Labor today announced steps it is taking to investigate, prevent, and stop fraud perpetrated by criminals. Maine, like many other states, is seeing an increase of intentionally fraudulent unemployment claims over the past two months amid the rise in overall unemployment insurance claims due to COVID-19. This practice, known as impostor fraud, occurs when a person's Personally Identifiable Information, or PII, is used illegally to apply for unemployment benefits. More...

May 19, 2020

Campgrounds Can Open This Weekend; Gyms, Fitness Centers, & Nail Salons Delayed

​The Mills Administration announced today the following updates to its plan to restart Maine’s economy: 1) Maine residents may enjoy campgrounds beginning Memorial Day weekend; and 2) the Administration is delaying the full reopening of gyms, fitness centers, and nail salons in light of emerging research and experiences in other states of COVID-19 transmission related to these establishments. More...

May 14, 2020

Chamber Survey Gives Glimpse Into Impact On Maine Businesses

​The Maine Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (MACCE) surveyed businesses across the state on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Mills Administration’s 4-stage plan to gradually reopen Maine’s economy. A total of 1,467 businesses responded to the “Re-starting Maine’s Economy”survey, conducted online from May 1 to May 6, 2020. Five percent of the statewide responses were from businesses and organizations that are either in or do business in Knox County. More...