Governor Mills Ends Early Business Closing Time Restriction

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Governor Janet Mills at COVID-19 Briefing Today in Augusta Where She Repeated Her End of Business Closing Restriction Starting Next Month, 2/1/21.

Governor Janet Mills today announced that she will end the 9:00 pm early closing time for businesses, effective Monday, February 1, 2021.  The decision is the result of Maine’s improving public health metrics, including a decrease in Maine’s positivity rate and new COVID-19 cases per million.

Starting Monday, February 1, those businesses that had been subject to the requirement may resume evening operating hours while continuing to follow other public health and safety requirements outlined in the COVID-19 Prevention Checklists.

“We are beginning to round the corner on the post-holiday surge of COVID-19.  With these improved public health metrics and with the holidays behind us, it is appropriate to remove the early closing time requirement,” said Governor Janet Mills in a press release issued today.  “At the same time, this pandemic is far from over.  As we continue to get shots into as many peoples’ arms as quickly and efficiently as possibly, it is crucial that Maine people continue to wear masks, watch their distance and avoid gatherings whenever possible.  Doing these basic things will help us put a lid on this virus and get back to normal faster.  That will be great for Maine people and great for Maine businesses.”

The early business closure addressed a higher risk of COVID-19 transmission during later hours when people are more likely to lower their guard and not adhere to critical public health and safety measures.  The early closes measure ……..began on November 20, 2020 and was extended on December 30, 2020, according to the same press release.