Visitors from all U.S. states are welcome to visit Maine without restrictions or testing. Masks are not required outdoors, but those visiting Portland, Maine are required to wear masks indoors in public areas—with an exception for businesses that require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for all who enter. Visit our COVID-19 FAQ for more!
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COVID-19 VACCINATION – All who are vaccinated may travel to Maine without restriction from any state within the U.S. View the CDC’s public health recommendations for fully vaccinated people here.
SWAB AND SEND SITES – Any individual visiting the state with or without symptoms of COVID-19 can visit one of Maine’s multiple “Swab & Send” sites. These tests are PCR (polymerase chain reaction) and are considered a gold standard for the detection of COVID-19. Tests are paid for by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, and are offered free of charge. Learn more.
RAPID TESTING SITES – Tests offered at these sites are antigen tests, which are most accurate within the first 7 days of symptom onset. Tests are free of charge and results are generally available in as little as one hour. Learn more.
(Effective January 5, 2022) The City Council voted unanimously to implement a mask mandate for the city of Portland. People (ages 2+) must wear masks when inside public places. Businesses that require proof of vaccination to all on premises do not need to require masks be worn. Visit the city’s COVID-19 Information page for more info.
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(Effective July 28, 2021) The Mills Administration announced that the State of Maine will follow the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (U.S. CDC) updated face covering guidance, which recommends that:
*all people, regardless of vaccination status, wear face coverings in indoor, public settings in areas with “substantial” or “high” levels of community transmission.
*all teachers, staff, and students in K-12 schools wear face coverings, regardless of vaccination status or community transmission level.
According to the U.S. CDC, York and Piscataquis counties have “substantial” levels of community transmission at this time, which means that individuals should wear face coverings in indoor public settings, regardless of vaccination status. Maine’s other 14 counties currently have “moderate” levels of community transmission according to the U.S. CDC and are thus not subject to the first recommendation. The U.S. CDC determines level of community transmission based on the number of cases in the last 7 days per 100,000 people and the percentage of tests in the last 7 days that have a positive result.
Consistent with Maine’s recent approach to COVID-19-related policy and the expiration of the State of Civil Emergency, these changes are recommendations, not requirements.
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(Effective May 24, 2021) Maine updated its Moving Maine Forward plan to lift all capacity limits and physical distancing requirements in all outdoor public settings as well as capacity limits for indoor public venues and physical distancing requirements, except in settings where people would be removing their face coverings.
Read the full update here.
MOVING MAINE FORWARD
A new, multi-month plan reflects the stabilization of Maine’s COVID-19 metrics and progress in vaccinations, aims to provide clarity and predictability for Maine people and businesses to plan for the summer months and establish Maine as a safe place to visit.
The plan also establishes a target reopening date of March 26, 2021 for Maine bars and tasting rooms which will be required to operate under the Seated Food and Drink COVID-19 Checklist.
Portland has re-launched our outdoor dining program allowing businesses to expand into public spaces, so visitors can enjoy food & drink while staying safe at unique, outdoor dining environments. Learn more.