Mills administration moves up date lodging establishments can welcome out-of-state visitors

Gov. Janet Mills announced Friday that the state is moving up the day lodging establishments in Maine can welcome out-of-state visitors who meet the 14-day quarantine or the new testing alternative.Lodging establishments can begin serving out-of-state visitors on June 26 instead of July 1 as originally planned.The Mills administration said the move was made to allow lodging to serve tourists for the Fourth of July weekend.Officials said the updated guidance for lodging does not change other reopening dates associated with Stage 3, which takes effect on July 1.Residents of New Hampshire and Vermont, who are exempt from Maine’s 14-day quarantine requirement and testing alternative, may stay at Maine lodging establishments beginning Friday.The Department of Economic and Community Development also posted updated checklists on Stage 2 and Stage 3 for businesses.The announcement comes on the same day several tourism industry groups called on the state to spend $800 million in CARES Act funding to help businesses recover from the pandemic.Mills said her administration will take that proposal and any proposal into consideration as it develops a plan to help the Maine economy.

Gov. Janet Mills announced Friday that the state is moving up the day lodging establishments in Maine can welcome out-of-state visitors who meet the 14-day quarantine or the new testing alternative.

Lodging establishments can begin serving out-of-state visitors on June 26 instead of July 1 as originally planned.

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The Mills administration said the move was made to allow lodging to serve tourists for the Fourth of July weekend.

Officials said the updated guidance for lodging does not change other reopening dates associated with Stage 3, which takes effect on July 1.

Residents of New Hampshire and Vermont, who are exempt from Maine’s 14-day quarantine requirement and testing alternative, may stay at Maine lodging establishments beginning Friday.

The Department of Economic and Community Development also posted updated checklists on Stage 2 and Stage 3 for businesses.

The announcement comes on the same day several tourism industry groups called on the state to spend $800 million in CARES Act funding to help businesses recover from the pandemic.

Mills said her administration will take that proposal and any proposal into consideration as it develops a plan to help the Maine economy.