PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s 16 counties are now in sync when it comes to reopening: Restaurants and fitness centers were allowed to begin welcoming guests inside in all of them on Wednesday.
Restaurant diners were urged to call ahead because some restaurateurs were sticking to outdoor dining for the time being.
Only 50 people are allowed in one room at a time; they also must be kept 6 feet apart, whether dining inside or outside.
Also Wednesday, bars, breweries and tasting rooms were allowed to reopen for outdoor seated service, while gyms, nail salons and tattoo parlors were allowed to welcome guests inside if they choose to do so.
Gov. Janet Mills announced the changes Monday, saying new coronavirus cases and hospitalizations stabilized in Cumberland, Androscoggin and York counties, allowing the state to loosen restrictions.
On Tuesday, the state reported nine new cases of the coronavirus. That’s the lowest daily figure since late April.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.
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