Officials in Maine, US, to implement Stage 4 of the state's economic recovery plan from Oct. 13 due to a decrease in COVID-19 activity.
Alert Begins 07 Oct 2020 03:31 PM UTC
Alert Expires 02 Nov 2020 11:59 PM UTC
- Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
- Location(s): Maine
- Time Frame: Indefinite
- Impact: Travel and business restrictions
Officials in Maine will implement Stage 4 of the state's economic recovery plan from Oct. 13 due to a decrease of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity in the state. Travel restrictions remain.
Under Stage 4, indoor seating capacity, including restaurants, mass gatherings, and movie theaters, will increase to 50 percent, or 100 people, whichever is less. Indoor service at bars and tasting rooms may reopen from Nov. 2. Gyms may operate at 50-percent capacity. Outdoor gatherings will remain limited to 100 people. Proper social distancing and hygiene measures must continue to be followed by businesses. The facemask mandate will now apply to the entire state; facemasks must be worn in all indoor public spaces.
Other restrictions will remain in place. Maine continues to require travelers arriving from non-exempt states to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. The list of exempt states includes Connecticut, Massachusetts, 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.
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-19-related closures. All businesses must enhance sanitation procedures, ensure compliance with social-distancing guidelines, and provide the necessary protective equipment for employees.
Residents aged 65 or older, and those with underlying health conditions, are advised to stay at home as much as 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.