AUGUSTA – Governor Janet Mills this afternoon announced a new stay-at-home order effective from 12:01 AM on April 2 through April 30. The order includes a sweeping set of new mandates designed to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus across Maine.
As of this morning, Maine had over 300 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with the heaviest concentration in Cumberland and York County. Maine has recorded five deaths due to COVID-19 infections to date.
the stay at home order, which Mills labeled a “Stay Healthy at Home Mandate”
she also quietly designated Maine’s gun shops as “essential” businesses in an
updated document provided on her website.
The gun shop
issue became a flashpoint against the backdrop of Mills’ otherwise widely
accepted actions as she attempts to flatten the curve of COVID-19 infections. The
issue erupted when officials in the Mills’ administration forced the closure of
Kittery Trading Post last week and then told the media that shops that sold “only
guns” were not considered essential because they were “sporting goods.”
her new order, Mills framed her new actions as focused on saving lives.
“We are in
the midst of one of the greatest public health crises this world has seen in
more than a century. This virus will continue to sicken people across our
state; our cases will only grow, and more people will die. I say this to be
direct, to be as honest with you as I can. Because saving lives will depend on
us,” said Governor Mills in a written statement.
you – look to yourself, your family, your friends, your loved ones, your
neighbors on the front lines, first responders and health care workers fighting
the virus, those who can’t stay home; the children who live around the corner,
the farmer who grows your food, the grocer and the pharmacist who sell you
goods, the teachers who are missing their kids; the fisherman, the sailor, the
truck driver, the janitor, the waitress at your favorite diner; these are the
people you are protecting by staying home. This is who you are saving.”
still be allowed to travel to get groceries or visit an essential business,
care for family, get medicine and other activities deemed essential.
automobiles will be restricted to only family members from the same household.
transportation is also prohibited under the order and the order maintains a prohibition
of classroom or personal instruction through at least May 1.
are imposed on essential retail locations of varying sizes that limit the
number of individuals allowed in the store at any given time. New requirements
are put in effect on individuals maintaining at least 6 feet of space between
themselves and others.
of the order will carry a fine of up to $1,000 and six months in jail. It will
be enforced as needed by law enforcement.