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November 5, 2020

Following Record COVID-19 Cases, Governor Mills Announces New Face Covering Executive Order

Face coverings must now be worn in public settings regardless of how far apart you are from other people.

November 5, 2020 - On the day Maine recorded 183 new cases of COVID-19, the highest single-day increase since the beginning of the pandemic, Governor Janet Mills announced an Executive Order requiring Maine people to wear face coverings in public settings, regardless of the ability to maintain physical distance. The new order strengthens an earlier one stating that face coverings must be worn only when physical distancing is difficult to maintain. Earlier this week, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker issued a similar order. Additionally, owners and operators of all indoor public settings in Maine must now post plainly visible signs notifying entrants of the requirement to wear cloth face coverings, and may deny service or entry for non-compliance. Previously, only certain types of businesses like large retail businesses were responsible for implementing measures requiring customers to wear face coverings. More...

October 22, 2020

Maine’s Path to Recovery

There is still time for Maine small businesses and non-profits to apply for Phase II Maine Economic Recovery Grants. The deadline is Thursday, October 29. More...

October 15, 2020

Governor Mills Announces First Round of Economic Recovery Grants to Maine Small Businesses & Non-Profits

October 15, 2020 - Governor Janet Mills and Commissioner of Economic and Community Development Heather Johnson announced today that the Mills Administration has begun distributing the first round of financial awards to Maine small businesses and non-profits through the Maine Economic Recovery Grant Program. Grant letters notifying the recipients of their award were sent yesterday in collaboration with Maine’s seven Economic Development Districts, which will distribute funds by early November. The program, backed by $200 million in Federal CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF), provides some financial relief for businesses and non-profit organizations that incurred business disruptions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. More...

October 7, 2020

Pen Bay Medical Center to relocate COVID-19 testing site

The Acute Respiratory Center (ARC), the COVID-19 testing site at Pen Bay Medical Center (PBMC), is relocating to 731 Commercial St., and will begin testing patients there as of Monday, October 12. Until then, patients who are referred for a COVID-19 test should visit the ARC at its current site, 8 Wellness Ave., on the PBMC campus in Rockport. There are signs directing patients to the site. More...

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...