Guide Businesses and Marinas Can Re-Open by Complying with Guidelines

As you may know, Governor Mills has announced a plan to re-start Maine's economy. The plan will be done in stages, and the first stage began Friday, May 1, 2020.

The Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) has identified certain industries that will be authorized under the new plan to operate starting May 1, 2020.

Industries approved for re-opening include guided hunting, fishing, boating and outdoor activities, as well as marinas.

Guided fishing businesses are permitted to have no more than 10 customers per trip, not including crew members. Also, the Governor's plan requires that out-of-state customers quarantine for 14 days before taking part in a guided trip.

Checklists that serve to guide safe operations have been developed for all businesses and for each approved industry, and are available at

In order to open, businesses must commit to complying with the requirements of these checklists by filling out a short online form available at

DECD is also making signs for businesses to voluntarily post on their doors, website or social media channels to help instill consumer confidence in their operations.

Downloadable versions of the signs are available at Stage 2 of the Governor's plan will begin June 1st and we will share information about that stage as soon as possible.

If you have questions, please contact DECD at or 1-800-872-3838.