What to know: Phase 2 of Maine’s reopening plan begins Monday

Monday marks the beginning of phase 2 of Gov. Mills’ plan to reopen the state. Businesses and parks across Maine can voluntarily open now with fewer restrictions.Lodging businesses like inns and hotels are open to Maine residents or anyone who has completed a 14-day quarantine. This is expected to help the state’s struggling tourism industry. Public gatherings that were limited to 10 or fewer people were increased to up to 50 people.Maine businesses are allowed to deny service or entry to people who are not wearing cloth face coverings. The Bureau of Motor Vehicles is also opening today, but only on an appointment basis. The only branch office that is still closed is in Springvale. People are still encouraged to do as much online as possible.The remaining unopened retail shops in York, Penobscot, Androscoggin, and Cumberland counties can offer indoor service today. Store capacity will be limited to allow for social distancing. City officials in Portland have blocked off portions of the street so businesses can extend outside.The Maine Mall also reopened Monday, but many businesses in the mall remained closed.Ten of Maine’s popular coastal state parks are set to reopen today. They are only open to Maine residents or those who have completed a 14-day quarantine. Beach capacity is limited to 50%.Parks reopened are listed below. Crescent Beach. Kettle Cove. Two Lights. Ferry Beach. Scarborough Beach. Mackworth Island. Reid. Popham Beach. Fort Popham. Fort Baldwin.Parts of Acadia National Park are also open again. Park Loop Road will be open to visitors and rangers will be providing information in tents. The Jordan Pond House Restaurant will be open for takeout.As of June 5, Carriage Road will be opened to pedestrians.

Monday marks the beginning of phase 2 of Gov. Mills’ plan to reopen the state. Businesses and parks across Maine can voluntarily open now with fewer restrictions.

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Lodging businesses like inns and hotels are open to Maine residents or anyone who has completed a 14-day quarantine. This is expected to help the state’s struggling tourism industry.

Public gatherings that were limited to 10 or fewer people were increased to up to 50 people.

Maine businesses are allowed to deny service or entry to people who are not wearing cloth face coverings.

The Bureau of Motor Vehicles is also opening today, but only on an appointment basis. The only branch office that is still closed is in Springvale. People are still encouraged to do as much online as possible.

The remaining unopened retail shops in York, Penobscot, Androscoggin, and Cumberland counties can offer indoor service today. Store capacity will be limited to allow for social distancing. City officials in Portland have blocked off portions of the street so businesses can extend outside.

The Maine Mall also reopened Monday, but many businesses in the mall remained closed.

Ten of Maine’s popular coastal state parks are set to reopen today. They are only open to Maine residents or those who have completed a 14-day quarantine. Beach capacity is limited to 50%.

Parks reopened are listed below.

  • Crescent Beach.
  • Kettle Cove.
  • Two Lights.
  • Ferry Beach.
  • Scarborough Beach.
  • Mackworth Island.
  • Reid.
  • Popham Beach.
  • Fort Popham.
  • Fort Baldwin.

Parts of Acadia National Park are also open again. Park Loop Road will be open to visitors and rangers will be providing information in tents. The Jordan Pond House Restaurant will be open for takeout.

As of June 5, Carriage Road will be opened to pedestrians.