Mills Administration Announces Re-openings in 13 Rural Counties

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Commissioner Heather Johnson of the Mills Administration at the Daily COVID-19 Briefing.

Commissioner Heather Johnson announced earlier this afternoon that 13 rural counties, tasting rooms and bars may open for outside service and gyms and fitness centers,  nail salons and tattoo and piercing parlors may open with added health and safety precautions beginning on Friday, June 12th.  These establishments may reopen everywhere in all counties except for York, Cumberland and Androscoggin counties.

This update accelerates the reopening of bars and tasting rooms for outside service, as well as the reopening of tattoo and piercing, all which were originally scheduled to reopen statewide as part of Stage 3 (July 1).  It also allows gyms and fitness centers as well as nakil salons to resume operations in these 13 counties.  These updates come inlight of low case count trends in these thirteen counties where the relatively small number of cases has largely either remained steady or decreased.  Consistent with past practice, these businesses must comply with added health and safety precautions in the form of COVID-19 checklist as a condition of voluntary reopening.

The changes come as the Mills Administration also works to provide an alternative to the State’s 14-day quarantine that seeks to protect the health and safety of Maine people and allows tourists to visit Maine safely and support our small businesses.

“The good work that Maine people have done to fight COVID-19 and take health precautions seriously allows us to take another important step forward,” said Heather Johnson, Commissioner of the Department of Economic and Commercial Development for Maine.

A new section has been added to the Maine CDC web page:  COVID-19 Cases by Zip Code.