11/20/2020 - COVID Increases Trigger Earlier Closing Times
Following an alarming increase in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and positivity rates in Maine, the Mills Administration announced that beginning Friday, Nov. 20, through Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020, outdoor and indoor amusement venues, movie theaters, performing arts venues, casinos and businesses that provide seated food and drink service, including social clubs, restaurants, and bars and tasting rooms currently open for outdoor service, will close for the night by 9 p.m. The earlier hours are designed to limit extended gatherings at a time when many students and family members are returning to Maine, and at a time when social gatherings are more common, both of which will likely lead to more COVID-19 transmission.
11/19/2020 - Maine’s Paid Leave Law
The MMA Legal Services Department has issued an update summarizing the requirements of Maine’s new, first-in-the-nation paid leave law, 26 M.R.S. § 637. The law goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2021. Links to the MMA summary, the statute and Maine Department of Labor guidance are located below.
11/18/2020 - FDA: Flu Shot More Important Than Ever
The Food & Drug Administration wants to remind millions of men and women in all occupations, including those on the front lines of growing, processing, preparing, selling and delivering food for both people and animals, to get their seasonal flu shot. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the health-care community are grappling with flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 that will spread this fall and winter.
11/17/2020 - Free Talk: Strengthening Community Development
Join David Milan, Director of Community Development, Town of Orono, as he shares some of the lessons he has learned about the ways that university research can strengthen community development initiatives. "Unkicking the can: How community development can make a difference now" is scheduled for Nov. 23 at 3 p.m. The talk is available via Zoom and is free and open to the public. Registration is required.
11/13/2020 - Maine Quarantine Requirement Extended to Massachusetts
The Mills Administration announced that, effective Monday, Nov. 16, Massachusetts is no longer exempt from Maine’s quarantine or negative test requirement. People coming here from Massachusetts must either quarantine for 14 days or receive a negative COVID-19 test with a sample taken no longer than 72 hours from arrival in Maine. This protocol applies to Maine residents returning from Massachusetts or another of the non-exempt states.
11/09/2020 - FAQ Clarifying Mandatory Mask Requirements
The Mills Administration today released information regarding the more stringent requirements that the Governor issued last week around mask wearing. For example, masks are required indoors -- at fitness centers, movie theaters and other settings, even when people feel that they are six feet apart. Masks are required in many outdoor settings, including while skiing.
11/06/2020 - Community Sports Checklist Updated
The Mills Administration on Friday updated its COVID-19 Prevention Checklist regarding community sports. With the winter sports season approaching, the checklist has significant implications for scholastic and community ice hockey, basketball, wrestling and other sports.
11/06/2020 - Corrections Hearing on Detention Standards
The Maine Department of Corrections will hold a public hearing on Dec. 7 via Zoom to discuss proposed changes to detention standards for county and temporary municipal detention facilities required to comply with state and federal law. The Maine Municipal Association’s State & Federal Relations staff has produced a high level overview of these changes, and has provided information on how you can provide feedback about these changes.
11/05/2020 - Governor Strengthens Face Mask Requirements
On the day Maine recorded 183 new cases of COVID-19, the highest single-day increase since the beginning of the pandemic, Gov. Janet Mills announced an Executive Order requiring Maine people to wear face coverings in public settings, regardless of the ability to maintain physical distance. The new order strengthens an earlier one stating that face coverings must be worn only when physical distancing is difficult to maintain.
11/01/2020 - Mills Tightens Restrictions, Extends Municipal Program
Reacting to a rising number of COVID-19 cases in Maine and nationally, Gov. Janet Mills today postponed a planned opening date for bars and tasting rooms, reinstituted quarantines for visitors from three states and extended the Keep Maine Healthy program, which 100 municipalities participate in. She also restricted the size of indoor gatherings to 50 people or less effective Wednesday, Nov. 4.