What the Hospitality, Tourism, Retail subcommittee proposes
Yesterday, a subcommittee of Gov. Janet Mills' Economic Recovery Committee proposed that the state align its strict entry requirements with other New England states. Though just a draft, the
Portland Press Herald reports
that financial support for hospitality, tourism and retail is also on the table.
Here are excerpts from the June 25th draft recommendations from the Hospitality, Tourism and Retail subcommittee:
“New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts do not have the mandatory 14-day quarantine or testing requirement that Maine imposes.
We recognize that this recommendation strays into the public health decisions that are technically outside the scope of the Maine Economic Recovery Committee. However, we feel compelled to make this recommendation because the economic consequences are so massive for these sectors and Mainers more generally.”
Struggling businesses and workers in tourism and hospitality also should receive financial support from the state, the committee recommended.
Note, the subcommittee’s suggestions are not final and may be revised based on input from the full economic recovery panel.
The Takeaway: Relaxing the 14-day quarantine and testing rule will not be automatic. Health of guests and equally as important - employees - is paramount to our industry's success. HospitalityMaine has a host of free resources to keep Maine safe.
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