Re-Starting Maine's Economy

The Governor’s plan builds on current Executive Orders, which allow for the operation of grocery stores, pharmacies, financial institutions, home repair services, and car repair services, among others (PDF), and then plans for the safe reopening of those businesses not currently operating. 

The stages do not use essential v. non-essential designations, like those used to limit business operations and activities in the immediate response to COVID-19. All businesses in Maine are essential, and the focus is now on ensuring the safety of their employees and customers. 

The stages are advanced as a framework for planning. Innovations or expanded testing and other capacity could accelerate this pace, as could a determination that certain parts of Maine, such as rural areas, may be able ease restrictions safely. 

The Mills Administration does not currently anticipate that it will be safe to accept cruise or commercial passenger ships with more than 50 people this summer. The Administration will review this assessment in September 2020. This excludes passenger ferries working between Maine ports. 

Additionally, the Administration is currently working with stakeholders to develop plans for a safe return to school in the fall.

Please download the general checklist (for all industries), and your industry-specific checklist, to identify best practices for safely operating your business during COVID-19. Please note these checklists may be updated as new information about COVID-19 or safe business practices emerge. New industry checklists will be distributed ahead of each staged opening to allow businesses to prepare.

Visit the DECD page for checklists.

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