Governor Prohibits Dine-in Service At Bars & Restaurants & More


Governor Janet T. Mills today issued an Executive Order mandating all bars and restaurants statewide close to dine-in customers effective today Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 6:00 pm for a period of 14 days until midnight, Monday, March 31, 2020.  Take-out, delivery and drive-through options can continue according to a press release issued by her office earlier today.

In her order, under authority granted to her in a civil state of emergency, the Governor also prohibited all gatherings of more than 10 people until further notice, mandating the latest US CDC’s guidance on gatherings.  In addition, Governor Mills strongly urged non-essential public-facing businesses, such as gyms, hair salons, theatres, casinos, shopping malls, to close their doors for the next two weeks to minimize public gatherings.  These new actions come as Governor Mills seeks to significantly strengthen social distancing measures in Maine. Social distancing is considered one of the most effective methods to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

“I do no take these steps lightly.  Maine’s small businesses and their workers are the backbone of our economy and I understand that these actions will not only impact them, they will also disrupt the lives of Maine people,” said Governor Mills.  “However, COVID-19 continues to spread across Maine and more aggressive action is required to mitigate that spread and to protect the health and welfare of Maine people.  My Administration is committed to working with businesses whose operations are affected by the COVID-19.  I continue to strongly urge all Maine people to take seriously the threat of the virus and to practice social distancing.  We all have a responsibility to do our part.”

This does not include businesses that provide essential services.