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.
What you need to know
Last updated at 9:00 a.m., June 5, 2020
- June 5: Business re-openings in 13 Maine counties have been accelerated through the Restarting Maine Plan.
- June 5: The Rent Relief Program through MaineHousing has been extended.
- May 29: Governor Mills has issued an executive order to continue the gradual easing of restrictions under the Restarting Maine's Economy plan.
- May 27: Restaurants in York, Cumberland and Androscoggin counties may open to outdoor dining service on June 1, but dine-in service is delayed. Dine-in and outdoor service is permitted in Penobscot County on June 1, joining counties previously permitted in the Rural Reopening Plan. Curbside and pickup service is permitted in all counties.
- May 26: The Maine Department of Health and Human Services is expanding contact tracing of COVID-19 by adding skilled staff and volunteers, harnessing innovative technology, and securing social services to help people with COVID-19 maintain self-isolation.
- May 21: A $52.7 million grant from U.S. CDC will expand lab capacity and COVID-19 testing sites across Maine in the coming weeks and months.
- May 19: Private campgrounds may open to Maine residents on Friday, May 22; the opening of gyms and fitness centers, and nail salons, will be determined in June due to COVID-19 transmission concerns.
- May 18: Maine CDC is now allowing health care providers in Maine to seek testing for anyone they suspect of having COVID-19.
- May 15: Maine lodging providers can begin accepting reservations for stays with an arrival date of June 1st and beyond for Maine residents and for non-residents who comply with the State’s 14-day quarantine requirement.
- May 13: Governor Mills has extended Maine's state of emergency through June 11.
For prior response items, please visit the COVID-19 response timeline.
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.
Restarting Maine’s Economy, a plan to gradually and safely restart Maine’s economy.
CDC Daily Updates
Maine’s CDC updates COVID-19 cases on its website every day. Dr. Nirav Shah, Maine CDC director, holds a live public briefing each weekday. 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.
To receive updates on Maine’s response to COVID-19, text MECOVID to 898-211 to sign up.
Maine Helps connects you with ways to immediately help support nonprofits, businesses, and your community in the fight against COVID-19.
Stay Healthy, Stay at Home
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.
Gov. Mills has issued a “Stay Safer at Home” Order for all Maine people. All out-of-state travelers coming into Maine, and Maine residents returning to Maine, are mandated to complete a 14-day quarantine upon arrival.
Take every precaution
Stock up on supplies, including daily medications. If you must leave your home for an essential reason, stay 6 feet away from other people. Maine has ordered wearing a cloth face covering in public settings where maintaining physical distancing is difficult. Wash your hands often, and for at least 20 seconds. Cover all coughs and sneezes.
Decisions to test are left to the clinical judgment of your medical provider. Contact your medical provider to determine whether you should be tested, and to find your nearest testing location.
Meeting Basic Needs
Apply for assistance
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.
Arrange for child care
Licensed child care is available during “Stay Healthy at Home” order. 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.
Organizations that serve Maine people through MaineCare can find the latest guidance on the state’s COVID-19 policy response and regulatory changes from the Department of Health and Human Services.
Support for Maine Workers
File for unemployment benefits online and explore enhanced programs available due to COVID-19 through the Maine Department of Labor. You do not need to do anything special for unemployment claims related to COVID-19. For questions, contact the Department of Labor online, or call through this alphabetical system due to high demand.
Guidance for employees
For answers to common questions about sick and family leave, Maine’s labor laws, and other work-related issues, visit the Maine Department of Labor’s Guidance on Coronavirus Response and Updates. For more information about how coronavirus is affecting federal wage and family and medical leave laws visit the U.S. Department of Labor.
For state workers
State of Maine employees seeking additional guidance should visit the Maine Department of Administrative and Financial Services’s Coronavirus Disease Guidance.
Support for Maine’s Economy
Maine’s small businesses and their workers are the backbone of our economy. Several new programs, such as the Paycheck Protection Program, are now becoming available to support them due to COVID-19 disruption.
Find the latest information from the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development, the Small Business Administration, and the Finance Authority of Maine, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Restarting Maine’s Economy
The Mills Administration has prepared a plan to gradually and safely restart Maine’s economy. The plan establishes four gradual stages of reopening, the first of which begins on May 1st.
Prevention checklists for businesses are available on the DECD website.
Businesses that had been designated as performing essential services remain open to the public. Find the list of businesses here. Other businesses and dine-in service at restaurants once closed to the public are now being permitted to open based on the Restarting Maine's Economy plan.
Support for Students and Families
The Maine Department of Education is offering families, students and educators the latest resources for successful virtual learning and other COVID-19 response guidance.
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.