A message from Governor Janet Mills
Time and again, Maine people have risen to the challenges put in front of us. We have survived blizzards, ice storms, depressions, booms and busts. We’ve suffered loss — as a state and as families. We have conquered them because we are a strong, resilient people – borne of the western foothills; the northern potato fields; the bold, rocky coasts; and the tall, pine forests. We have been lifted up by the courage, conviction and resilience that comes from loving a place and its people. Let us continue to prepare, take every precaution, remain both careful and compassionate. We will get through this.
U.S. CDC Face Covering Recommendations for Maine
Per guidance from the U.S. CDC, persons in counties with “substantial” or “high” levels of COVID-19 community transmission are advised to wear face coverings in public indoor settings. U.S. CDC updates information regularly.
The U.S. CDC is currently recommending people wear face coverings in public indoor settings in these counties:
Red: High | Orange: Substantial
Yellow: Moderate | Blue: Low
Vaccination is the most effective way to protect you and your family from COVID-19. Vaccines are free and are available without needing an appointment.
Get Tested For COVID-19
COVID-19 testing is free and widely available in Maine without an appointment.
- Sep. 2: The Mills Administration announced it will begin enforcement of its COVID-19 vaccination requirement for health care workers on October 29, 2021, providing an additional month for health care workers to complete their vaccination protocol and for health care organizations to use $146 million in funds to address workforce needs.
- Aug. 23: The federal Food and Drug Administration today granted full approval to the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Read the Mills Administration response here.
Maine CDC Updates
Watch public briefings live each Wednesday at 2 p.m. or find replays on YouTube.
See the latest COVID-19 case data on the Maine CDC website.
All people age 12 and over are now eligible for vaccination.
Vaccination remains the most effective way to protect you and your family against COVID-19. For more about vaccination in Maine, visit our vaccine website.
Where to get vaccinated
Vaccines are free and many vaccination sites in Maine no longer require an appointment. Find a vaccination site or call the Community Vaccination Line at 1-888-445-4111 for more.
Maine's online vaccine data dashboard updates daily with doses administered statewide, by county, and by age, gender, and race/ethnicity. View the dashboard.
For more about approved COVID-19 vaccines, Maine's vaccine supply, or about vaccine eligibility or scheduling your appointment, please visit our Vaccine FAQs.
Travel and Visitor Information
If you are traveling, or planning to travel, to Maine, please consult these FAQs.
Maine no longer requires testing or quarantine for travelers to the state. Read the FAQ for travel and visitors for more.
For details on wearing a mask in Maine, please read these FAQs.
Indoor and Outdoor Gatherings
Maine has lifted capacity limits and physical distancing requirements for public indoor and outdoor gatherings.
For more on keeping yourself and your loved ones healthy, visit the Maine CDC.
Know the symptoms
Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, shortness of breath, and lower respiratory distress, and may appear 2-14 days after exposure. If you, or someone you know, is exhibiting these symptoms, contact your medical provider.
Follow U.S. CDC recommendations for wearing face coverings in public settings. Wash your hands often, and for at least 20 seconds. Cover all coughs and sneezes.
Free testing for COVID-19 is widely available in Maine.
Supporting Maine People and Families
Employment and Workforce Resources
Arrange for child care
Licensed child care is available. To find options near you, follow this guidance (PDF). If you need help to afford child care, visit the Child Care Subsidy Program. For updates on child care in Maine, visit the visit the DHHS Office of Child and Family Services.
The Department of Health and Human Services administers assistance programs for Mainers harmed by COVID-19, which support food security, health care, emergency benefits and more. To learn more and apply, visit MyMaineConnection.
Support for Maine Employers
Business questions about COVID-19 programs? Email email@example.com.
The Maine Department of Economic and Community Development has updated its guidance for businesses about safely operating to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan
The Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan are strategic investments to relieve the significant toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on Maine’s people, communities, and economy. Read the plan on its website.
Support for Students and Families
The Maine Department of Education, in collaboration with public health experts, created this framework for safely reopening Maine schools. The Department has also launched a dashboard tracking COVID-19 cases in Maine schools, available here.
University of Maine
The University of Maine System is updating its operations, policies and resources for students, faculty staff and families affected by COVID-19.
For parents and families
The Department of Education is compiling important advice and resources about talking with children about COVID-19, and coping with family stress and anxiety.