Maine businesses react to Gov. Mills’ reopening plan

Maine’s businesses are reacting to Gov. Janet Mills phased plane to reopen the state’s economy. It’s a plan Mary Alice Scott has been waiting for. “I think it will be a comfort for those to look at next steps.”Scott is the director for Portland Buy Local. For 15 years, the group has represented almost 400 members who range from restaurants to retail stores and real estate. She says many of their members have been impacted in the last weeks and that the guidelines announced Tuesday bring some clarity.”Businesses really want to know step by step how they can make sure they are protecting their employees their customers themselves and having those lists in place to make people feel comfortable is really important.” Scott said.One of their members is Rosemont Market and Bakery. Jon Naylor and his team took their business online a few weeks ago and had just gotten back from an online Zoom meeting when he heard the governor’s phased plan.”I would love to see these guys get back and make a living, it’s such a key element for the city of Portland,” Naylor said. “But we want to be cautious and we don’t want to have to go back and so I think it’s important to take this step by step.”Before Tuesday’s announcement, Auburn’s mayor sent a plea from business owners and asked that local leaders be a part of the discussion surrounding the stay-at-home order.”I believe you work with that leader, if it is a decision you don’t agree with, in order to try and make it better and find ways to find public ground.” Mayor Jason Levesque said.He says the economic impact to Auburn has been hard to gauge so far with such a variety of industries but he has heard from many owners who tell him:”Businesses want to do what’s right they want that guidance and want to open so they can conduct their lives.”

Maine’s businesses are reacting to Gov. Janet Mills phased plane to reopen the state’s economy. It’s a plan Mary Alice Scott has been waiting for.

“I think it will be a comfort for those to look at next steps.”

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Scott is the director for Portland Buy Local. For 15 years, the group has represented almost 400 members who range from restaurants to retail stores and real estate. She says many of their members have been impacted in the last weeks and that the guidelines announced Tuesday bring some clarity.

“Businesses really want to know step by step how they can make sure they are protecting their employees their customers themselves and having those lists in place to make people feel comfortable is really important.” Scott said.

One of their members is Rosemont Market and Bakery. Jon Naylor and his team took their business online a few weeks ago and had just gotten back from an online Zoom meeting when he heard the governor’s phased plan.

“I would love to see these guys get back and make a living, it’s such a key element for the city of Portland,” Naylor said. “But we want to be cautious and we don’t want to have to go back and so I think it’s important to take this step by step.”

Before Tuesday’s announcement, Auburn’s mayor sent a plea from business owners and asked that local leaders be a part of the discussion surrounding the stay-at-home order.

“I believe you work with that leader, if it is a decision you don’t agree with, in order to try and make it better and find ways to find public ground.” Mayor Jason Levesque said.

He says the economic impact to Auburn has been hard to gauge so far with such a variety of industries but he has heard from many owners who tell him:

“Businesses want to do what’s right they want that guidance and want to open so they can conduct their lives.”