Bangor, Maine News Update: June 5, 2020
The Maine CDC reports there have been 2,446 cases of COVID-19 so far in the state, which is an increase of 28 since the previous day. 1,739 residents have recovered for an increase of 40.
Governor Janet Mills changed the reopening schedule yesterday and will allow for nail salons, tattoo parlors, and gyms to open on June 12th. Bars and tasting rooms will also be allowed to open on that day for outdoor seating only. The new schedule does not apply to Androscoggin, York, and Cumberland counties.
Renters can still apply for rent assistance, if they haven’t already received their payment, as the Mills administration has extended the COVID-19 rent relief program to include the month of June. The program allows for renters, who meet income and ability to pay guidelines, to apply for a one-time payment of $500 to help cover their rent...money which is paid directly to the landlord.
President Trump’s visit to Guilford today, to tour the Puritan Medical Products facility, will disrupt air traffic during the afternoon. Flight restrictions are in effect from Bar Harbor airport to the southern half of Moosehead Lake between 12:30 and 1:30 and again from 3:15 to 6:30 today.
The 2020 Moose Permit lottery will be held next week, but will look much different than in past years. Because of the pandemic, the lottery will be broadcast online, on June 13th at 1 p.m. The virtual event will include special presentations by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife biologists and game wardens.
Folks traveling through Ellsworth this afternoon will want to avoid the downtown area, as a Black Lives Matter protest is expected to start at 3:00. Ellsworth Police will be trying to keep traffic moving, but drivers who can avoid the area are advised to do so.
MDI High School will hold a unique graduation ceremony on Sunday. Students will sit in their cars with their families and listen to speakers address the class. They will then stand in small groups, socially distancing, and wait to accept their diploma.