MAINE, USA — Phase 2 of Governor Janet Mills' plan to reopen Maine's economy is underway, as the state eases a number of restrictions in place due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
Groups and gatherings
While previously limited to 10 people, group gatherings can now consist of up to 50 people (with physical distancing regulations still in place). Groups traveling in a vehicle should still consist only of people living in the same home.
Mainers are encouraged to access businesses and personal activities that are reopening while still maintaining physical distancing, however those over age 60 or with compromised immune systems are strongly encouraged to limit travel outside their homes.
Here is the link to Maine's full reopen website
Restaurants and Lodging
Restaurants in Cumberland County, Androscoggin County, and York County can now open for outdoor dining. Penobscot County on Monday joins 12 other Maine counties by opening for indoor dining.
Lodging facilities such as hotels, motels, and bed and breakfasts may open statewide for Mainers on Monday too, as well as for out-of-state visitors who have quarantined for 14 days. As of now, the 14-day quarantine is being policed largely via the honor system.
Campgrounds and RV Parks opened May 22 for Maine residents.
Retailers may open statewide starting Monday, with different occupancy maximums for each store depending on a store's size.
Per Mills' executive order issued Friday, businesses in Maine may continue to deny service to people who are not wearing face coverings. Businesses are required to post signs notifying customers of the face covering rule no later than June 5.
Parks and Beaches
A number of state parks and beaches open up Monday, as well as sections of Acadia National Park.
According to maine.gov, state beaches and coastal parks reopening on June 1:
- Crescent Beach State Park
- Ferry Beach State Park
- Fort Baldwin
- Fort Popham
- Kettle Cove State Park
- Mackworth Island
- Popham Beach State Park
- Reid State Park
- Scarborough Beach State Park
- Two Lights State Park