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Maine will allow visitors who certify negative virus test

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Maine will allow visitors who certify negative virus test

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Janet Mills said Monday visitors will be able to come to the state without self-quarantining if they can certify that they recently received a negative coronavirus test result.

Mills, a Democrat, said the new approach takes effect July 1 and is based on the concept of “know before you go.” The state will also step up symptom checks at places where visitors often go, she said.

The move is significant for Maine’s economy, which is heavily dependent on summer tourism, Mills said.

“It is my hope that by creating layers of protection to reduce the risk of transmission of the virus this plan will protect public health, establish Maine as a safe place to visit, and allow tourists to come to Maine to support our small businesses,” she said.

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New Hampshire and Vermont residents are exempt from the new compliance measures, Mills said.

In other news related to the virus in Maine:

BICENTENNIAL POSTPONEDThe Maine Bicentennial Commission said Monday it’s postponing commemorative activities to 2021. The Maine Statehood Day Ceremony is tentatively scheduled for March 14, and the parade in Auburn and Lewiston is slated for May 15.The commission’s chairman, state Sen. Bill Diamond, said it’s a disappointment that the events can’t take place this year due to the virus. He said the postponement is an opportunity for “celebrating and reflecting on the State of Maine when we can all do so safely and joyfully next year.”—-MORE TESTINGMills also said the state is going to quadruple its testing capacity at its lab and develop testing sites throughout the state. She said Monday that the push represented a move toward […]

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