Face coverings must now be worn in public settings regardless of how far apart you are from other people is at the core of the Executive Order announced today by Governor Janet Mills. The Executive Order went into effect yesterday, November 4, 2020 and will remain in effect until further notice from the Governor.
One hundred eighty three new cases of COVID-19, the highest single-day increase since the beginning of the pandemic, is the reason for the accelerated use of face coverings. Additionally, owners and operators of all indoor public settings in Maine must now post plainly visible signs notifying entrants of the requirement to wear cloth face coverings and may deny service or entry for non-compliance. Previously, only certain types of businesses like retail businesses were responsible for implementing measures requiring customers to wear face coverings.
“We have recorded yet another day of record high case numbers. This deadly and dangerous virus is spreading all across our state,” said Governor Mills. “Protect your family. Protect a health care worker. Protect the elderly. Wear your face covering. Save lives. It is that simple.”