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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...

May 14, 2020

Mills Administration Allows Lodging Reservations For Future Stays; DECD Releases Some Stage 2 Checklists

The Mills Administration announced that, effective immediately, Maine lodging providers can begin accepting future reservations for stays with an arrival date of June 1st and beyond for Maine residents and for non-residents who comply with the State’s 14-day quarantine requirement. Further, the Department of Economic and Community Development today released additional COVID-19 Prevention Checklists for Stage 2 businesses tentatively slated to open in June under the Restarting Maine’s Economy Plan. More...

May 13, 2020

Governor Mills Extends State of Civil Emergency Through June 11

​As the State continues to respond to COVID-19, Governor Janet Mills today signed a proclamation extending Maine’s state of civil emergency for thirty days through June 11, 2020. This will be Governor Mills’ second extension of the State of Civil Emergency. More...

May 8, 2020

Governor Mills Introduces Rural Reopening Plan - Midcoast Included

Governor Janet Mills today announced a rural reopening plan aimed at reopening certain additional businesses in rural Maine over the course of the next two weeks with added health and safety measures. The plan comes after Governor Mills stated last week that her Administration was considering opportunities for regional variation as part of its Restarting Maine’s Economy plan. More...

May 7, 2020

Mills Administration Secures Major COVID-19 Testing Expansion for Maine

Governor Janet Mills announced today that her Administration has secured a major expansion of COVID-19 testing for the State of Maine. The Administration has partnered with Maine-based IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. to purchase enough of the company’s recently authorized COVID-19 testing kits to more than triple the State’s testing capacity. The breakthrough will soon allow anyone in Maine suspected of having COVID-19 to receive a test. More...

May 6, 2020

Governor Mills Convenes Expert Committee to Advise on State’s Economic Recovery

Governor Janet Mills announced today that she is convening an Economic Recovery Committee charged with developing recommendations to mitigate the damage to Maine’s economy caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and to jumpstart a long-term economic recovery for Maine people, businesses, and organizations. More...

May 5, 2020

Maine Tourism Relief Fund - Applications Close Friday, May 8

​The Maine Tourism Relief Fund, founded by Poland Spring and the Maine Tourism Association, was created to provide relief to small businesses and their employees experiencing great hardship as a result of business closures in the state due to COVID-19. More...

April 29, 2020

Governor Mills Extends Maine’s Stay At Home Order

​Following her announcement yesterday that she would extend Maine’s stay-at-home order, Governor Janet Mills today issued a “Stay Safer at Home” Executive Order. The new order continues to have Maine people stay at home with the same established exceptions for permitted activities, such as occasional grocery shopping or exercising. However, it now also allows Maine people to visit businesses or participate in activities deemed safe to open under Stage 1 of the reopening plan (PDF) presented yesterday. More...