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State of Maine Seasonal Reopening Pandemic Resources

by Sarah Skillin Woodard

Governor Mills has announced the Moving Maine Forward plan to protect public health and support Maine’s economy during the upcoming busy tourism season as vaccinations progress. The plan maintains critical public health measures, establishes timeframes, simplifies and standardizes protocols, and updates travel policies.

Of significant note to Maine’s nonprofit community, as part of simplifying and standardizing protocols, the plan transitions Maine’s capacity limits from hard caps in most situations to a straightforward percentage of capacity model consistent across all sectors. It also establishes a clear timeframe to increase these capacity limits, providing Maine businesses with predictability to plan. The timeframe and capacity adjustments are as follows:

  • For indoor gatherings, the percentage of capacity will increase to 50 percent starting March 26 and 75 percent starting May 24.
  • For outdoor gatherings, the percentage of capacity will increase to 75 percent starting March 26 and 100 percent starting May 24.
  • Those businesses that have more capacity under the current policy (50 people for indoor gatherings; 100 people for outdoor gatherings; or 5 people per 1,000 square feet) are permitted to maintain that standard until May 24.

Join the Maine Department of Economic & Community Development (DECD) and Commissioner Heather Johnson on Wednesday, March 10 at 3:30pm for an update on recent changes to Maine’s travel, business opening and capacity guidelines. Please note that you will need to register for the March update HERE. Once you register you will receive a confirmation email with details about how to join the virtual meeting.

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