Summary
Officials in Maine have issued directives to tighten business and travel restrictions statewide as of Nov. 2 due to increases in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity. Under the new guidelines, indoor gatherings of more than 50 people are banned, regardless of the venue's capacity; outdoor gatherings of more than 100 people are banned. Retail establishments must limit the number of people within their facilities to a maximum of five per 92.3 square meters (1,000 square feet). Indoor services at bars and tasting rooms must remain closed until further notice. The facemask mandate remains in place statewide; facemasks must be worn in all indoor public spaces.

Officials in Maine have also amended the state's travel restrictions. Any traveler entering Maine from another US state, except Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts, must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. To avoid the self-quarantine mandate, travelers may produce proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to their arrival in Maine. The requirements also apply for all Maine residents returning from other states. Although they are exempt from these requirements, travelers from Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts are also encouraged to take a COVID-19 test. Those arriving from abroad must also self-quarantine for 14 days or produce proof of having tested negative for COVID-19 using a test taken within 72 hours prior to entering Maine.

All businesses must enhance sanitation procedures, ensure compliance with social distancing guidelines, and provide the necessary protective equipment for employees.

Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.

 

Advice
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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