Mills Accelerates Start Date for Lodging Establishments for Out-of-Staters

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This Store in the Old Port, Portland, is Permitting 15 Customers at a Time While an Adjacent Store of Similar Size is Permitting Only 5 Customers at a Time.

The Mills administration announced yesterday that it has accelerated the first day that lodging establishments in Maine can begin serving out-of-state visitors who meet either the 14-day quarantine requirement or the State’s new testing alternative – to Friday, June 26 rather than Wednesday, July 1 (Stage 3).  Accelerating the start date will help lodging establishments safely serve visitors during a key weekend of Main’e tourism season – leading up to the July 4th holiday according to a press release issued yesterday by the Governor’s office.

This update does not change any other start dates associated with Stage 3 which is scheduled to begin July 1st.  Per the Administration announcement on Monday, residents of New Hampshire and Vermont, who are exempt from Maine’s 14-day quarantine requirement and testing alternative may stay at Maine lodging establishments beginning today – Friday, June 12th.

“We continue to move to safely reopen Maine’s economy,” says Heather Johnson, Commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development.  “Maine looks forward to safely welcoming out-of-state visitors to enjoy all that Maine has to offer during the 4th of July Holiday.”

Meanwhile, members of the hospitality industry have asked Governor Janet T. Mills to dedicate $800 million in federal funding for small businesses to assist them in getting through this COVID-19 pandemic.  The group of small business representatives asked her yesterday to provide $1.25 billion of federal CARES Act money to emergency grants to those hit hard by the pandemic shutdown.  Tourism is the state’s largest business employing nearly 150,000 Mainers.