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August 20, 2021

Pen Bay Medical Center and Waldo County General Hospital Adopt New Visitation Restrictions in Response to Local COVID-19 Surge

Effective Friday, August 20. In response to the COVID-19 status in the community, Pen Bay Medical Center (PBMC) and Waldo County General Hospital (WCGH) are implementing increased visitor restrictions. This is being done to help prevent spread of the virus. Infectious disease experts agree that measures to contain the virus are most effective early in its spread. Although the majority of people infected with COVID-19 will experience mild to moderate symptoms and make a full recovery, COVID-19 is a serious threat for vulnerable populations, especially older people with underlying health conditions. Given that these populations are often cared for at PBMC/WCGH facilities, it is important to take all necessary steps to protect them. More...

May 27, 2021

Pop-Up Vaccination Clinics offered from Maine Dept. of Health and Human Services

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services remains committed to making vaccination as accessible as possible. With as few as 10 confirmed patients, any community partner (school, employer, religious organization, community group, etc.) can organize a pop-up clinic to bring vaccinations to their community. More...

May 20, 2021

Maine to Adopt U.S. CDC’s New COVID-19 Guidance

May 14, 2021 - Following a review by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services and the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Governor Janet Mills announced today that the State of Maine will adopt the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (U.S. CDC) new guidance which allows fully vaccinated Americans not to wear face coverings indoors, effective May 24, 2021.

Maine will also lift the physical distancing requirement at indoor public settings where people are eating or drinking and therefore would be removing their face covering – such as indoor restaurants, bars, dining areas in camps or in congregate living facilities, and break rooms.

Consistent with the U.S. CDC’s guidelines, it is recommended that people in Maine who are not fully vaccinated wear face coverings in indoor public settings. The U.S. CDC requires people to wear masks on all planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation.

The May 24th date aligns with Maine’s previously-established timeline to remove restrictions and allows those who have not yet been vaccinated to receive at least their first shot prior to the change. This includes youth ages 12 to 15 who just became eligible for a vaccine this week. To schedule a vaccine appointment, visit or call 1-888-445-4111. More...

May 13, 2021

Governor Mills Updates Moving Maine Forward Plan, Lifts Restrictions

May 13, 2021 - The Mills Administration today updated its public health protocols under the Moving Maine Forward Plan. Effective May 24th, Maine will:
- lift all capacity limits and requirements to physically distance in all public outdoor settings.
- lift all capacity limits in public indoor venues. Physical distancing requirements are also eliminated, except in settings where people are eating or drinking and therefore would be removing their face covering – such as indoor restaurants, bars, dining areas in camps or in congregate living facilities, and break rooms.

Face coverings must still be worn in public indoor settings. The Maine Department of Health and Human Services and Maine Department of Education will separately update school-based protocols. More...

May 7, 2021

Governor Mills Unveils Transformative Plan to Spur Economic Recovery & Achieve Long-Term Economic Growth

May 4, 2021 - Governor Janet Mills today unveiled the Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan, her Administration’s proposal to invest more than $1 billion in discretionary Federal relief funds allocated to Maine under the American Rescue Plan Act.

The Governor’s plan makes historic investments in unaddressed needs and longstanding challenges to achieve three goals:

1. immediate economic recovery from the pandemic;
2. long-term economic growth for Maine; and
3. infrastructure revitalization. More...

May 6, 2021

Maine Department of Labor Tightens Work Search Requirement

May 6, 2021 - The Maine Department of Labor announced today that it is tightening work search requirements for people on unemployment, reinstating the traditional work search requirements as of Sunday, May 23, 2021. Maine had temporarily expanded the types of activities that would meet the work search requirement, adjusting to sudden closings, health concerns, school, childcare and other issues brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. More...

April 22, 2021

Restaurant Revitalization Fund: A new SBA Relief Option

The American Rescue Plan Act established the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) to provide funding to help restaurants and other eligible businesses keep their doors open. This program will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. Recipients are not required to repay the funding as long as funds are used for eligible uses no later than March 11, 2023. More...

April 8, 2021

Mills Administration Updates COVID-19 Prevention Checklists

April 5, 2021 - The Mills Administration today posted updates to the following COVID-19 Prevention Checklists: Large Gatherings / Ticketed Events ; Organized Racing Events; Town Meetings; and Transportation. The update also establish a Private Events COVID-19 Checklist.

The updates maintain critical public health and safety guidelines, consolidates and streamlines language in previous checklists, and reflects the latest science to help mitigate the spread of the virus. The updates are part of the Moving Maine Forward Plan, a multi-month plan that aims to provide clarity and predictability for Maine people and businesses in advance of the summer months. More...

March 12, 2021

Supplemental State Budget Bill Finally Passes House and Senate with Full PPP Conformity

In votes of 139-1 in the Maine House of Representatives, and by unanimous vote in the Maine State Senate, lawmakers agreed to full conformity at $100 million on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans taken as a result of the pandemic by tens of thousands of Maine businesses from around the state. More...

March 5, 2021

Governor Unveils Significant Changes to Support Maine’s Economy, Protect Public Health During Upcoming Tourism Season

Governor Janet Mills today unveiled the Moving Maine Forward plan, which includes significant changes to quarantine restrictions, simplifying and standardizing indoor and outdoor gathering limits, and maintaining critical public health protocols. More...