As voters lined up at the polls on Tuesday, Maine reported 127 new cases of COVID-19, a record high for a day.
The previous record was 103 on Friday, as Maine is seeing an increase in late October / early November. The recent spike has caused the Mills administration to delay on weekends. deadlines for the opening of bars – scheduled to open on Mondays – and imposing other restrictions, such as reducing indoor gatherings to 50 people or less.
Indoor gatherings were expanded on October 13 to 100 people or 50 percent of the allowable capacity – whichever is less – but the limit has been reduced to 50 people, regardless of the number of seats. sit. The outdoor gathering limit remains at 100 people and the retail capacity limit remains at 5 people per 1,000 square feet of shopping space.
In addition, due to the increased number of cases in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, visitors to Maine from those states are no longer exempt from Maine’s requirement that visitors be on quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. negative state or COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of arrival. Massachusetts is also on the watchlist for removing a waiver because of increased cases there.
No more people died on Tuesday.
In a tweet on Sunday, Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said, “We have to control the spread of the virus. Do your part. The most vulnerable in our communities are the ones who will suffer the most if we don’t. We do better now, we will do better later ”.
Governor Janet Mills said at a news conference on Monday she was “extremely sorry” for having to postpone the reopening of the bar and revert to other reopening measures. But Mills says this is a necessary measure to try to control the spread of the virus.
“We cannot have a healthy economy without a healthy population,” said Mills.
This story will be updated.
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