Maine businesses scramble to adjust to COVID-19 protocol changes – WMTW Portland

14May 2021

Maine businesses are scrambling to adjust to the COVID-19 safety protocol changes announced by the state over the past two days.Effective May 24, fully vaccinated Mainers will no longer need to wear a mask indoors in most situations, and the state is dropping outdoor and indoor capacity limits and physical distancing requirements. The changes don’t mean Mainers should discard their masks just yet. Businesses will still be allowed to keep masks and other requirements in place.Hannaford told WMTW News 8 that it was making no immediate changes to its mask requirement for customers and associates.Saltwater Grille General Manager Casey Moore said after more than a year of dealing with safety guidelines, he has gotten good about kicking out customers who challenge them.”We’ve been dealing with the grief for this last year you know what I mean. It’s almost like water off a duck’s back at this point.” I’ve heard all the arguments,” Moore said.He added that the recent changes will create a new battle.”How do you know who’s been vaccinated, who hasn’t been vaccinated?” Moore said.Moore said requiring people to prove they are vaccinated is a fine line.Despite the changes, some places, such as Scratch Baking Company in South Portland, might never return to the days when people packed into the small bakery.”It doesn’t change anything at the moment we’re sort of committed to this model,” owner Sonja Swanberg said.Scratch Baking Company currently does not allow customers inside and instead offers curbside pickup and takeout.Some Mainers said they see the changes from the state as good news.”I think it’s all really exciting and it’s all moving in the right direction,” said Portland resident Susan Conley.

Maine businesses are scrambling to adjust to the COVID-19 safety protocol changes announced by the state over the past two days.

Effective May 24, fully vaccinated Mainers will no longer need to wear a mask indoors in most situations, and the state is dropping outdoor and indoor capacity limits and physical distancing requirements.

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The changes don’t mean Mainers should discard their masks just yet. Businesses will still be allowed to keep masks and other requirements in place.

Hannaford told WMTW News 8 that it was making no immediate changes to its mask requirement for customers and associates.

Saltwater Grille General Manager Casey Moore said after more than a year of dealing with safety guidelines, he has gotten good about kicking out customers who challenge them.

“We’ve been dealing with the grief for this last year you know what I mean. It’s almost like water off a duck’s back at this point.” I’ve heard all the arguments,” Moore said.

He added that the recent changes will create a new battle.

“How do you know who’s been vaccinated, who hasn’t been vaccinated?” Moore said.

Moore said requiring people to prove they are vaccinated is a fine line.

Despite the changes, some places, such as Scratch Baking Company in South Portland, might never return to the days when people packed into the small bakery.

“It doesn’t change anything at the moment we’re sort of committed to this model,” owner Sonja Swanberg said.

Scratch Baking Company currently does not allow customers inside and instead offers curbside pickup and takeout.

Some Mainers said they see the changes from the state as good news.

“I think it’s all really exciting and it’s all moving in the right direction,” said Portland resident Susan Conley.

Source: wmtw.com

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