BOSTON (CBS) — Gov. Charlie Baker said he’s spoken to Maine Gov. Janet Mills about travel restrictions there affecting Massachusetts residents. But so far there’s been no change to Maine’s policy that requires anyone heading north from the Bay State to quarantine for 14 days or show proof of a recent negative coronavirus test.

Visitors from New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey are all exempt from the quarantine requirement. The director of Maine’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention told The Bangor Daily News on Monday that Massachusetts has a higher positivity rate than other states in the region.

“I basically said, I’ll put my data in Massachusetts up against your data any day,” Baker recalled telling Mills. “We had a very collegial conversation.”

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Massachusetts is allowing people from Maine, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, New York and New Jersey to visit without quarantining.

“We have a lot of really great places to vacation, and I would encourage everybody and anybody to pursue them, especially the folks from the state that surround us that don’t have to rely on the 14-day quarantine,” Baker said.



Comments (4)
  1. Dave Lamar says:

    Baker holds all the cards here. MA has population, wealth and tourist destinations. Maine has only the latter. Mills can bankrupt Maine’s tourist economy if she wants to. MA will not be much the worse for that. The COVID numbers are under control throughout New England, NY and NJ and the differences among those states are insignificant. I thought the stupidity of Maine government peaked during the LePage administration but perhaps I was wrong.

  2. Informed Traveler and Voter says:

    VT and NH do not require masks! How ignorant of Maine governor! MA people don’t want to come to such an ignorant state anyway! Proof: Evil Susan Collins as senator! What a freaking LOSER!
    MAINE, the way life SHOULD NOT be!!!

  3. Maine vacationer says:

    I know of a few people from Massachusetts that have vacationed in Portland, Maine over the July 4th weekend and no one at the hotel asked for any proof of a negative COVID 19 test or required them to self quarantine for 14 days. So I guess it depends on where you stay how much they are checking. I was told after calling 2 different places in the Wells area that I could not stay without a negative COVID 19 test within the past 72 hours and that the 14 days quarantine was in effect.

  4. Paul says:

    Ok Mr Baker – what happens when MLB teams come to Fenway for 3 games – do those teams have quarantine for 14 days-
    I have to fly to DC to drop my granddaughter off and get a turnaround flight – do I have re quarantine ?

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