Governor Janet Mills issued an Executive Order today providing greater flexibility in gathering limits for houses of worship in Maine. Under the Governor’s Order, houses of worship may now accommodate five people per 1,000 sq. ft. of space, or up to 50 people, whichever is greater.
Previously, the number of people who could gather in houses of worship was limited to 50. The five people per 1,000 sq. ft. gathering for the same limit that applies to retail space. Critical public health measures, such as requirements to wear face coverings and maintain at least six feet of distance, remain in effect for all venues including houses of worship.
This change comes amid improved public health metrics. It reflects the Administration’s continued commitment to honoring Maine peoples’ Constitutional right to worship.
The Governor’s Administration is beginning to examine options to prepare for the spring and summer tourism seasons, in order to protect public health, promote economic activity and reflect progress in vaccinations.