Severity: Warning Alert

Transportation: Officials in Maine, US, remove Massachusetts from coronavirus-related travel restrictions list as of Sept. 23. Other restrictions remain.

Alert Begins 24 Sep 2020 05:47 PM UTC
Alert Expires 15 Oct 2020 11:59 PM UTC

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Maine (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Travel and business restrictions

Officials in Maine have updated travel restrictions that had been implemented in an effort to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Effective Sept. 23, Massachusetts has been moved to Maine's list of exempt states, meaning that travelers entering Maine from Massachusetts are no longer required to self-quarantine upon arrival. Other exempted states are Connecticut, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and Vermont. Travelers from non-exempt US states are allowed to enter Maine if they have tested negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours prior to arrival; otherwise, they must self-quarantine for 14 days. Those arriving from abroad must self-quarantine for 14 days.

With regard to other measures, Maine has remained at Stage 3 of its COVID-19 economic recovery plan since July 1, with authorities reviewing the state's status on monthly basis. Most businesses are allowed to operate, albeit at 25-percent capacity. Although restaurants may offer both indoor and outdoor dining at reduced capacity, dine-in services at bars remain closed until further notice. Essential businesses such as grocery shops, pharmacies, banks, fuel stations, and companies operating in the transport, security, telecommunications, utility services, and critical manufacturing sectors have not been subject to COVID-related closures. All businesses must enhance sanitation procedures, ensure compliance with social-distancing guidelines, and provide the necessary protective equipment for employees. Gatherings are limited to 50 people.

Residents aged 65 or older, and those with underlying health conditions, are advised to stay at home as much as possible. All residents are required to wear protective face coverings in public places, particularly when social distancing is not possible.

Officials could vary the timing, implementation, or content of any part of the state's COVID-19 recovery plan, depending on the disease activity in the coming weeks.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

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