• COVID-19 November 11, 2021 9:07 am

    Half a Million Mainers to Get COVID-19 Relief Checks

    More than a half million Maine residents will receive $285 disaster relief payments by the end of the year because of a coronavirus pandemic assistance plan. The payments are set to start going out on Nov. 15 and continue through the end of December. The one-time relief payments are part of the state budget and are intended to help support…

  • Maine April 27, 2021 7:40 pm

    Maine Lifts Outdoor Mask Mandate, Effective Immediately

    Maine Gov. Janet Mills on Tuesday lifted the state’s requirement that people wear face coverings outside, effective immediately, after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control updated its guidance on masks. In a statement, the Maine Center for Disease Control said masks are no longer required in public, but recommended that people continue to wear them “in outdoor settings where...

  • COVID-19 vaccine January 15, 2021 2:07 pm

    Maine Gov. Mills Receives 1st Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine

    Maine Gov. Janet Mills received her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine Friday morning.

  • Gov. Janet mills December 23, 2020 1:08 pm

    Maine Sends Payment to Workers Left Jobless by Virus

    Democratic Gov. Janet Mills authorized the payment, which differs from financial relief Americans are set to receive in the new federal coronavirus relief package. The Maine Department of Labor distributed the state payments to about 40,000 people on Monday. The state used $25.2 million in federal coronavirus aid to make the payments. Mills has said the payments differ from unemployment…

  • mask order November 5, 2020 5:46 pm

    Maine Gov. Issues New Mask Order

    Maine Gov. Janet Mills on Thursday issued a new executive order requiring people to wear face coverings in public settings regardless of their ability to maintain physical distance from others.

  • Maine October 29, 2020 5:15 pm

    Gov. Mills Extends Civil Emergency Declaration in Maine

    Maine Gov. Janet Mills on Thursday extended a state of civil emergency for another 30 days, through Thanksgiving. The announcement came a day after Mills pleaded with Mainers to follow public health rules amid a growing number of coronavirus cases. “Rising case counts show that this virus is still very much among us and we must take every precaution to…

  • reopening plan October 7, 2020 6:01 pm

    Maine to Move Into Stage 4 of Reopening Plan

    Maine Gov. Janet Mills has issued an executive order that will move the state into Stage 4 of its reopening plan Oct. 13.

  • reopening plan October 7, 2020 6:01 pm

    Maine to Enter Stage 4 of Reopening Plan Oct. 13

    Maine Gov. Janet Mills issued an executive order Tuesday that will move the state into Stage 4 of its reopening plan next week. Mills announced that, beginning Oct. 13, indoor seating in restaurants, churches and movie theaters will increase to 50% capacity with a maximum of 100 people, providing coronavirus protocols are in place, like face coverings, enhanced cleaning practices…

  • coronavirus in maine September 3, 2020 2:46 pm

    Maine Gov. Mills Extends Civil Emergency Order for the 6th Time

    Democratic Gov. Janet Mills on Wednesday extended a state of emergency for a sixth time during the pandemic. In a statement, Mills urged Mainers not to let “pandemic fatigue” allow them to become complacent, especially as students are returning to schools and universities across the state. “The outbreaks which we hear about in other states every day can sometimes feel…

  • Big Moose Inn August 21, 2020 6:02 pm

    Maine Inn Cited After Coronavirus Outbreak

    A Maine inn was cited Friday after a coroanvirus outbreak connected to the death of one person and 32 other illnesses.

  • Maine July 8, 2020 6:55 pm

    Maine Steps Up Mask Rules, Extends State of Emergency

    Maine has extended its state of civil emergency and is requiring masks in more places. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills said Wednesday that she extended the state of emergency until Aug. 6. Mills has said the state of emergency allows the state’s government to “deploy all available resources to protect the health and safety of Maine people and to respond quickly…

  • coronavirus in new england May 27, 2020 4:30 pm

    Maine Postpones Restaurant Reopenings in 3 Counties

    Restaurant owners in three Maine counties will have to wait to open to dine-in customers, Gov. Janet Mills announced Wednesday, saying those areas have seen higher rates of coronavirus hospitalizations. In a news conference, Mills said restaurants in York, Cumberland and Androscoggin counties would not be able to offer indoor dining on June 1, the date the governor had hoped…

  • Maine May 13, 2020 6:04 pm

    Popular Maine Parks and Beaches Begin to Reopen With Restrictions

    Popular parks and beaches are beginning to reopen in Maine. This week, Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth and beaches in Wells welcomed visitors back with restrictions. In Wells, activities on the beach are limited to walking, swimming, fishing and surfing. At Fort Williams, cars are restricted from the park, with visitors required to walk or bike in only. The…

  • reopening May 13, 2020 6:01 pm

    Maine Parks and Beaches Begin to Reopen

    Some popular parks and beaches have begun to reopen in Maine, with restrictions, amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Maine April 28, 2020 5:37 pm

    Maine Extends Stay-at-Home Order, Releases Plan to Lift Some Restrictions

    Maine Gov. Janet Mills announced Tuesday the extension of the state’s stay-at-home order to May 31 as well as her administration’s plan to gradually reopen the economy.

  • Maine April 28, 2020 5:59 pm

    Gov. Mills Announces Extension of Maine's Stay-at-Home Order to May 31

    Maine Gov. Janet Mills announced Tuesday the extension of the state’s stay-at-home order and her administration’s plan to gradually reopen the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic. Speaking at an afternoon news conference, Mills announced she will extend Maine’s stay-at-home order until May 31. The previous one was set to expire Thursday. The new “Stay Safer at Home” order is...

  • coronavirus April 27, 2020 5:48 pm

    Maine Braces for Economic Fallout

    The economy in Maine could be the most vulnerable to damage brought on by the pandemic.

  • coronavirus April 20, 2020 2:22 pm

    Lawmaker Invites Residents to ‘Re-Open' Maine Demonstration

    A Republican state lawmaker is encouraging residents to join him Monday in a demonstration aimed at getting officials to reopen the state. A demonstration against lockdowns took place Saturday in New Hampshire’s capital city. Rep. Chris Johansen, of Aroostook County, wants residents to come to Augusta, the state’s capital city, for the “Re-Open Maine” event. He posted on Facebook...

  • Maine April 10, 2020 9:50 pm

    Maine Postpones Its Primary Election Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

    Maine has postponed its primary election in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, and allow more time to count mail-in and absentee ballots. Gov. Janet Mills signed the legislation into effect Friday. It moves election day from June 9 to July 14.

  • maine primary April 8, 2020 4:38 pm

    Maine Primary Likely to Be Postponed

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, officials in Maine are considering moving their state’s primary to June 9. They’ve already voted on presidential candidates in March, but local and state candidate races still need to be decided.

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