Gov. Mills considering changes to business, travel restrictions amid spike in COVID-19 cases

Gov. Janet Mills is considering making changes to the state’s business and travel restrictions as Maine deals with a recent surge in COVID-19 cases, her spokeswoman said Friday.



Janet T. Mills holding a phone: Gov. Janet Mills


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Gov. Janet Mills

Press secretary Lindsay Crete said the governor is concerned about the rising number of cases across Maine and the country.

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Crete said the governor is considering making changes to indoor gathering limits; the list of states currently exempt from quarantine and testing requirements; the reopening of bars, tasting rooms and distilleries; and other changes to ensure health protocols are followed.

An announcement on those changes is likely to happen this weekend.

“Like most Maine families, Gov. Mills is very apprehensive about the spread of this deadly virus as we face colder weather and holidays that generally encourage gatherings of all sorts. Unfortunately, if we do not each take aggressive actions, this virus will be the uninvited guest to our family dinners and social gatherings,” Crete said in a statement to WMTW News 8.

Any change to the business regulations could be bad news for Maine bars, which were tentatively scheduled to reopen Monday.

Maine saw its highest daily increase in new coronavirus cases on Friday, with 103 additional cases being reported by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

In a tweet, Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said the surge is here and urged Mainers to take action now to protect themselves and others from the virus.

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