March 5th 2021 Update: COVID-19

A plan to protect public health and support Maine’s economy

Last updated: March 5, 2021

To protect public health and support Maine’s economy during our busy tourism season, Governor Mills has announced the “Moving Maine Forward” plan, which provides clear, predictable guidance for Maine people, business and visitors to plan for the summer and further establishes Maine as a safe place to visit.

Graphic of timeline of opening under the Moving Maine Forward plan, which is described in the text below.

Under Moving Maine Forward, the state will: 

1. Maintain the COVID-19 health and safety protocols implemented through the COVID-19 Prevention Checklists.

The plan targets March 26 to resume indoor service at bars, distilleries and tasting rooms.

2. Establish straightforward and consistent capacity percentages for indoor and outdoor gatherings.

    • Effective March 26: The capacity limit for indoor gatherings will increase to 50 percent, and outdoor gatherings to 75 percent.


  • Effective May 24: The capacity limit for indoor gatherings will increase to 75 percent, and outdoor gatherings to 100 percent.

To protect public health, if the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) determines hospital capacity is at risk or if a new COVID-19 variant poses a significant risk in Maine, these capacity limits can be dialed down.

Physical distancing and face-covering requirements remain in effect, per COVID-19 Prevention Checklists.

Note: Businesses with more capacity under the current limits — 50 people for indoor gatherings, 100 people for outdoor gatherings, or 5 people per 1,000 square feet — are permitted to maintain that standard until May 24.

3. Update travel policies established last summer. 

    • Effective March 5: Travel from Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island are exempted from Maine’s test or quarantine requirement, joining Vermont and New Hampshire. People who have either had COVID-19 in the previous 90 days, or are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, regardless of state of origin, are now exempted from Maine’s test or quarantine requirement. Federal requirements related to international travel, however, remain in effect.


  • Effective May 1: Shift Maine’s COVID-19 travel policy to automatically exempt all states, unless otherwise determined by the Maine CDC. If one or more states see a spike in cases of highly contagious COVID-19 variants, Maine will apply its test or quarantine requirement to travelers to and from that state.


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