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Maine to make Mass. travelers quarantine or show recent negative test

Shoppers comply with the mask regulations to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus at Bridgton Books, Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, in Bridgton, Maine.
Shoppers comply with the mask regulations to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus at Bridgton Books, Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, in Bridgton, Maine.Robert F. Bukaty/Associated Press

Those who travel from Massachusetts to Maine will have to meet stricter requirements starting on Nov. 16.

Visitors from Massachusetts must either complete a 14-day quarantine or have a negative COVID-19 test with a sample taken within 72 hours of arriving in Maine, Governor Janet Mills said in a statement Friday. This includes Maine residents who are coming back from Massachusetts.

“Like most people in Maine, I am extremely concerned about the spread of this virus as we head into the holiday season when we customarily gather with friends and family, often in neighboring states,” said Mills in the statement. "Some of our New England states, including Massachusetts, have demonstrated a concerning increase in the prevalence of the virus over the last two weeks.

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The decision was made after the Mills administration reviewed Massachusetts’s positivity rate and 14-day case rate, the statement said.

Massachusetts travelers were previously exempt from these requirements. New Hampshire and Vermont are currently exempt.


Lauren Booker can be reached at lauren.booker@globe.com.