Following Record COVID-19 Cases,
Governor Mills Announces New Face Covering Executive Order
November 5, 2020
Face coverings must now be worn in public settings regardless of how far apart you are from other people.
On the day Maine recorded 183 new cases of COVID-19, the highest single-day increase since the beginning of the pandemic, Governor 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. Earlier this week, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker issued a similar order.
Additionally, owners and operators of all indoor public settings in Maine must now post plainly visible signs notifying entrants of the requirement to wear cloth face coverings, and may deny service or entry for non-compliance.
Previously, only certain types of businesses like large retail businesses were responsible for implementing measures requiring customers to wear face coverings.
"We have recorded yet another day of record high case numbers. This deadly and dangerous virus is spreading all across our state," said Governor Mills. "Protect your family. Protect a health care worker. Protect the elderly. Wear your face covering. Save lives. It is that simple."
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