AUGUSTA — Gov. Janet Mills relaxed the state’s mask requirements on Tuesday.
Mainers are no longer are required to wear a mask or face covering outdoors, according to a statement released by Governor Janet Mills’ office. Mills said the revision of the state’s mask guidelines was prompted by revised guidelines from the federal government.
Gov. Mills mandated masks be worn in public settings — indoors and outdoors in November 2020.
Mills said the relaxation of the mask rules was recommended by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She said the CDC issued guidance stating the risk of spreading COVID-19 outdoors was low.
The increased number of Mainers who have been vaccinated also was a factor in lifting the outdoor mask mandate, according to the statement.
Face coverings are still required for indoor public settings.