Retail stores in most Maine counties can now reopen

THIS MORNING TO EXPLAIN THE RESTRICTIONS THAT WILL STILL REMAIN.. RETAIL STORES HERE IN TOPSHAM CAN REOPEN TODAY.. AS WE ARE IN SAGADAHOC COUNTY.. BUT STORES IN BRUNSWICK.. JUST ACROSS THE RIVER IN CUMBERLAND COUNTY.. CANNOT.. STORES THAT DO OPEN TODAY ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE EXTRA SAFETY PRECAUTIONS.. THAT INCLUDES LIMITING THE NUMBER OF CUSTOMERS INSIDE AT ONCE.. ENHANCED CLEANING.. AND TOUCH- FREE TRANSACTIONS WHENEVER POSSIBLE.. THE STATE HAS RELEASED CHECKLISTS FOR STORES TO COMPLETE BEFORE THEY OPEN.. BUSINESS OWNERS ARE RELIEVED THEY CAN OPEN THEIR DOORS.. WHILE SETTLING IN TO A NEW NORMAL.. LANIECE: TO BE ABLE TO OPEN UP AND ALLOW THESE BUSINESSES, THESE SMALL BUSINESSES THAT RELY ON THAT FOR A LIVING TO OPEN UP IN THE BEST WAY THEY CAN. <BUTTED> WE ENCOURAGE THEM TO ALSO FOLLOW THE RULES. READ THE SIGNS THAT THE BUSINESSES PUT UP, THAT THEY HAVE TO WEAR A MASK, IF THEY NEED TO WEAR THE GLOVES, IF THEY NEED TO STAY SIX FEET APART. JUST TO HELP THAT BUSINESS OUT, HELP THEM BE SAFE TOO. RESTAURANTS IN THESE 12 COUNTIES CAN START OFFERING DINE-IN SERVICE áNEXTá MONDAY.. STORES IN THE FOUR COUNTIES NOT OPENING TODAY.. ARE SCHEDULED TO BE ALLOWED TO OPEN ON JUNE FIRST.. THOUGH THEY CAN STILL OFFER CURBSIDE SERVICE NOW.. BUSINESS OWNERS WITH QUESTIONS ABOUT OPENING BACK UP CAN VISIT THE MAINE STATE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WEBSITE. REPORTING LIVE IN TOPSHAM.. TALIA CLARKE.. WMTW NEWS 8.

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Retail stores in most Maine counties can now reopen

Restaurants in those counties can open next week

Retail stores in 12 Maine counties with no community transmission of the coronavirus are now allowed to reopen. The 12 counties are Aroostook, Piscataquis, Washington, Hancock, Somerset, Franklin, Oxford, Kennebec, Waldo, Knox, Lincoln and Sagadahoc.Gov. Janet Mills on Friday announced updated guidelines for the reopening of the Maine economy.Retail stores in those counties can reopen to in-store customers as long as they adhere to safety precautions laid out by the state. Those restrictions include restricting the number of customers in the store, enhanced cleaning and maximizing touch-free transactions.Fitness centers statewide can also now reopen for outdoor classes of 10 people or less or for one-on-one training inside.On May 18, restaurants in the 12 counties with no community transmission may reopen for outdoor dining and limited dine-in service as long as they follow safety guidelines.Some of the guidelines include physically distancing customers, enhanced hygiene practices, controlling customer flow, laminated menus, packaged condiments and shutting down common food areas like salad bars.Mills encouraged restaurants to use reservations when possible.Restaurants have been closed to dine-in customers under the governor’s stay at home order. Many have continued to provide takeout, curbside and delivery services.Also, on May 18 remote, campsites are permitted to reopen to Maine residents or those who have completed the 14-day quarantine. For now, retail stores and restaurants in York, Cumberland, Androscoggin and Penobscot counties, where community transmission of COVID-19 has been established, will not be permitted to reopen until June 1.

Retail stores in 12 Maine counties with no community transmission of the coronavirus are now allowed to reopen. The 12 counties are Aroostook, Piscataquis, Washington, Hancock, Somerset, Franklin, Oxford, Kennebec, Waldo, Knox, Lincoln and Sagadahoc.

Gov. Janet Mills on Friday announced updated guidelines for the reopening of the Maine economy.

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Retail stores in those counties can reopen to in-store customers as long as they adhere to safety precautions laid out by the state. Those restrictions include restricting the number of customers in the store, enhanced cleaning and maximizing touch-free transactions.

Fitness centers statewide can also now reopen for outdoor classes of 10 people or less or for one-on-one training inside.

On May 18, restaurants in the 12 counties with no community transmission may reopen for outdoor dining and limited dine-in service as long as they follow safety guidelines.

Some of the guidelines include physically distancing customers, enhanced hygiene practices, controlling customer flow, laminated menus, packaged condiments and shutting down common food areas like salad bars.

Mills encouraged restaurants to use reservations when possible.

Restaurants have been closed to dine-in customers under the governor’s stay at home order. Many have continued to provide takeout, curbside and delivery services.

Also, on May 18 remote, campsites are permitted to reopen to Maine residents or those who have completed the 14-day quarantine.

For now, retail stores and restaurants in York, Cumberland, Androscoggin and Penobscot counties, where community transmission of COVID-19 has been established, will not be permitted to reopen until June 1.