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Maine barber shops, salons can open May 1 under modified stay-at-home order

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Gov. Janet Mills announced a modified stay-at-home order that lasts through May 31 on Tuesday, while outlining a four-stage plan to restart the state's economy.

The modified stay-at-home order includes most of the restrictions of the original order and begins on Friday, May 1.

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The first stage of the Mills plan also starts on May 1 and requires that people wear face cloths in public settings where physical distancing is difficult to maintain. Stage one also expands which businesses can reopen, as well as the activities that Mainers can participate in.

Businesses that can reopen under stage one includes, but is not limited to: Barber shops, hair salons, pet grooming, drive-in movie theaters and auto dealerships and car washes. Expanded activities included restricted use of golf and disc golf courses, guided outdoor activities, state-owned public land trails and historic sites. Coastal state parks will remain closed.

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Gatherings of more than 10 people remains prohibited during stage one.

Stage two is expected to begin on June 1, and will allow restaurants to reopen in limited capacity. Fitness and exercise centers, nail technicians and coastal state parks will also reopen in stage two. Lodging, campgrounds and summer camps will also be allowed to open for Maine residents and those from out-of-state who have met the 14-day quarantine requirement.

Gatherings will be expanded to a limit of 50 people under stage two.

Stage three is expected to start in July and would lift the 14-day quarantine requirement for people from out-of-state. Bars and personal services such as spas, tattoo and piercing parlors and massage facilities will be allowed to reopen in stage three.

The fourth stage will lift most restrictions, but requires people to live under personal safety precautions.

Mills warned the timeline in this plan could be adjusted if coronavirus cases start to increase.


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