“Getting again to regular someday subsequent yr first requires us to outlive the vacations this yr,” Gov. Mills stated.
AUGUSTA, Maine — As coronavirus circumstances and hospitalizations proceed to rise in Maine, Gov. Janet Mills introduced an extension of the statewide curfew for companies by Jan. three.
Sure companies statewide, together with eating places, are required to shut by 9 p.m. The measure, which first took effect on Nov. 20 forward of the Thanksgiving vacation, is geared toward limiting actions that result in COVID-19 transmission through the holidays when social gatherings are extra frequent.
Companies affected by the order embody all out of doors and indoor amusement venues, film theaters, performing arts venues, casinos, and companies that present seated foods and drinks service, together with social golf equipment, eating places, and bars and tasting rooms at present open for out of doors service.
“It’s too early to know the impression of the Thanksgiving vacation on the unfold of COVID-19 in Maine, however with tons of of individuals getting sick all throughout the state, and plenty of extra dying and so many receiving important care in our overburdened hospitals, we can not afford to let down our guard,” Mills stated in a launch Friday. “This focused step goals to restrict night gatherings in public settings the place we all know people usually tend to let their guard down and expose themselves and others to this lethal virus. On the identical time, this motion permits companies to remain open for almost all of their working hours, so long as they adjust to fundamental public well being and security measures. In fact, we’re additionally cautioning towards non-public gatherings as properly. The actual fact is, any gathering of individuals for any cause, significantly with out masking and social distancing, is a harmful occasion. If we’re not in a position to get this virus beneath management, different steps could also be essential. I ask all Maine individuals, please do your half. Don’t take possibilities: put on your face overlaying, wash your arms, watch your distance and keep away from gatherings. Getting again to regular someday subsequent yr first requires us to outlive the vacations this yr.”
The Mills administration says the restrict on closing occasions is geared toward curbing prolonged night gatherings through the vacation season when people, together with college students and members of the family returning to Maine from elsewhere, usually tend to decrease their guard, significantly later within the night, jeopardizing adherence to important public well being and security tips.
“With rising neighborhood transmission, all of us have to take steps to disclaim the virus alternatives to hurt our associates, household, and family members,” Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah stated. “Delaying shared celebrations or adapting vacation traditions in ways in which enable us to unfold good cheer with out spreading the virus will help ease stress on Maine’s well being care system and doubtlessly save lives.”
The early closure time, nonetheless, nonetheless permits these companies to take care of some daytime operations. Curbside pick-up and supply service are nonetheless permitted after 9 p.m. Early enterprise closing occasions are consistent with actions taken by different states, together with Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, and New York.
On Friday, Maine reported 290 additional cases, 4 further deaths, 164 hospitalizations, and a seven-day check positivity fee of four.87 %.