Maine to enter next stage of reopening from COVID closures



PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine is moving to the next stage of reopening from closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Janet Mills announced Tuesday that beginning Oct. 13, limits for indoor seated activity will increase to half of capacity or 100 people. The order also expands statewide a mask requirement that currently applies only to coastal communities and bigger cities. Mills says more needs to be done to help businesses prepare for cold weather. The order also anticipates that indoor service for bars and tasting rooms will resume Nov. 2. Mills says Maine is doing well fighting the virus, but residents must not let their guard down.