Guided fishing, boating part of phase one reopening



The state Department of Economic and Community Development has made signs for businesses to voluntarily post on their doors, websites or social media channels to indicate compliance with state guidelines for reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic

ELLSWORTH — The first stage of Governor Janet Mills’ plans to gradually reopen Maine’s economy began Friday, May 1.

Industries approved for re-opening include guided hunting, fishing, boating and outdoor activities, as well as marinas.

Guided fishing businesses are permitted to have no more than 10 customers per trip, not including crew members. Also, the Governor’s plan requires that out-of-state customers quarantine for 14 days before taking part in a guided trip.

Checklists that serve to guide safe operations have been developed for each approved industry and are available at https://www.maine.gov/decd/covid-19-prevention-checklists.

The checklist for marinas, boatyards and marine manufacturers outlines sanitization standards and guidelines for social distancing and states “Out-of-state clients should remain on their boat until the executive order requiring a 14-day quarantine for out-of-state visitors is lifted.”

In order to open, businesses must commit to complying with the requirements of these checklists by filling out a short online form available at https://appengine.egov.com/apps/me/covidpreventionform.

The state Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) is also making signs for businesses to voluntarily post on their doors, websites or social media channels to indicate compliance with guidelines.

Downloadable versions of the signs are available at https://www.maine.gov/decd/covid-19-prevention-checklists.

For more information, contact DECD at [email protected] or 1-800-872-3838.

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