Governor Janet Mills today announced more measures to fight against COVID-19, issuing an Executive Order requiring public-facing non-essential businesses to close. MBTA thanks Governor Mills and MaineDOT Commissioner Bruce
Van Note for declaring transportation construction projects essential, along with other important transportation-related sectors. Peter Mills of the Maine Turnpike Authority has also stated that projects on the Maine Turnpike will continue as planned. Those “non-essential” workplaces must close at midnight tonight and remain closed until April 14.

The number of cases of corona virus in Maine rose to 118 as of yesterday, with 74 of those in Cumberland County. State government remains open, though 70 percent of workers are working remotely, according to Mills’ office.

The executive order deems the following as essential:
“…food processing and agriculture; fishing and aquaculture; industrial manufacturing; construction and maintenance of essential infrastructure; trash collection and transfer stations; grocery · and household goods (including convenience stores); forest products; essential home repair, hardware and auto repair; pharmacy and other medical, psychiatric, and long-term care facilities; group homes and residential treatment facilities; biomedical, life science, behavioral health, health care, dental care, and long-term services and supports providers and organizations; child care providers; post offices and shipping outlets; banks and credit unions; gas stations and laundromats; veterinary clinics, animal welfare and animal . feed and supply stores; truck delivery and distribution of goods; public transportation; legal, business, professional, environmental permitting and insurance services; hotel and commercial lodging; and all utilities such as electricity, water, wastewater, and telecommunications .”