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.
- May 4: Governor Mills has announced the Maine Jobs & Recovery Act, her Administration's plan for using $1.13 billion coming to the State through the American Rescue Act Plan to support economic recovery and infrastructure revitalization.
- April 27: Governor Mills has announced that face coverings in outdoor public settings are no longer required, following the delivery of updated public health guidance from U.S. CDC.
- April 18: Maine has reached a milestone in its COVID-19 vaccination effort, with half of Maine people ages 16 and older now having received at least one dose.
- April 14: Governor Mills today extended the State of Civil Emergency through May 13, 2021.
- April 6: The Mills Administration and the Federal Emergency Management Agency are launching a mobile vaccination unit to provide COVID-19 vaccination in rural areas of Maine.
- April 1: Governor Mills has accelerated the eligibility of Maine people age 16 and above to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to April 7, 2021.
Maine’s COVID-19 Response
See the latest news releases, radio addresses, executive orders from Gov. Janet Mills, as well as a timeline of the administration's response to COVID-19.
Maine CDC Updates
Maine CDC updates COVID-19 case data every day. Dr. Nirav Shah, Maine CDC director, holds live public briefings multiple times per week. Watch here or visit MainePublic on YouTube to view past briefings.
A-Z Agency Directory
Every state agency is responding to challenges from COVID-19. Explore this directory of state resource pages to find the answers or support you need.
All people age 16 and over are now eligible for vaccination.
For more about vaccination in Maine, visit our vaccine website.
Where to get vaccinated
Maine residents age 16+ are encouraged to make an appointment at a vaccination site as soon as possible. Find a vaccination site or call the Community Vaccination Line at 1-888-445-4111.
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.
Moving Maine Forward
Governor Mills has released the "Moving Maine Forward" plan to provide clear, predictable guidance for Maine people, business and visitors to plan for the busy summer tourism season. Read the plan and FAQs here.
As of May 1, Maine no longer requires testing or quarantine for travelers to the state. Read the FAQ for travel and visitors for more.
Maine is introducing standard capacity limits on all indoor and outdoor gatherings.
Effective March 26, the limit for indoor gatherings is to 50 percent, and outdoor gatherings 75 percent.
Effective May 24, the limit for indoor gatherings will increase to 75 percent, and outdoor gatherings to 100 percent.
COVID-19 Prevention Checklists
Move Maine Forward plan maintains the industry-specific public health and safety protocols implemented last summer through the COVID-19 Prevention Checklists. Find the checklist for your business.
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.
The state allows anyone over the age of 12 months to receive a test without an physician order (PDF). It remains advised to contact your medical provider to determine whether you should be tested. Find your nearest testing location.
Maine has mandated wearing a cloth face covering (PDF) in public settings. Owners and operators of all indoor public settings in Maine must post signs notifying entrants of the requirement to wear a cloth face coverings, and may deny service or entry for non-compliance. For more details, please read these FAQs.
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 how COVID-19 is affecting child care in Maine, visit the visit the DHHS Office of Child and Family Services.
The Department of Health and Human Services administers several critical assistance programs to aid Mainers harmed by COVID-19 (PDF), which support food security, health care, emergency benefits and more. To learn more and apply, visit MyMaineConnection.
Support for Maine Employers
Maine Business Support
Maine’s small businesses and their workers are the backbone of our economy. For the latest information on business supports, please visit the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Maine Department of Economic and Community Development has updated FAQs for businesses about the Moving Maine Forward plan.
Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan
Governor Mills has announced the Maine Jobs & Recovery Act, her Administration's plan for using $1.13 billion coming to the State through the American Rescue Act Plan to support economic recovery and infrastructure revitalization. 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.
Use social media to connect with your friends, family and community, and follow Maine officials and agencies that are delivering important and timely COVID-19 information. Find who to follow here.