Our analysts this week are former state Sen. Phil Harriman and former state Sen. and Mayor of Portland Ethan Strimling.
MAINE, USA — On Friday, Gov. Janet Mills presented her new economic reopening plans.
The “Moving Maine Forward” plan includes much freer travel to Maine from most other states and big increases in indoor and outdoor gathering capacity in time for Memorial Day and the summer tourist season.
Mask mandates remain in effect, and the Maine Center for Disease Control can dial the numbers back if health risks and hospitalizations reach critical levels.
“What a breath of fresh air compared to what some governors are doing down south,” Ethan Strimling said. “I’m pleased that she’s taking it slow. She’s very clear where we’re going, but making sure that mandates like masks and safety protocols still have to be in place.”
Phil Harriman said it is great news that will “create a burst of enthusiasm amongst people who have been hunkered down.”
“Let’s hope this is the beginning of a rejuvenated Maine economy,” he said.