ME: Officials walk fine line in enforcing state’s murky mask mandate

Mandatory Masks 0 Comments 11/21/2020 

Many municipalities are not enforcing mask noncompliance. No summons & no arrests so far.

- November 21, 2020

The days blend together for Jeff Wallace as he visits Bangor businesses to follow up on complaints about possible coronavirus safety violations, most related to face coverings.

“It’s like ‘Groundhog Day,’” he said, referring to the 1993 movie in which a TV weatherman must relive the same day repeatedly. “Here’s today’s list of complaints. Let’s hit the road.”

After most businesses reopened in July, Bangor received a total of 150 complaints, or about six a week, through the state’s COVID-19 complaint webpage and those made directly with the city. Wallace walks a delicate line as he talks to businesses and organizations about enforcing sometimes vague mandates on the tense issue of mask-wearing and distancing.


Like many code and law enforcement officers throughout the state, he takes an education-first approach to handling alleged violations rather than handing out citations to businesses. Most organizations comply with no further action required. It looks like that approach is working in most cases, even as coronavirus cases and deaths continued to rise over the past three weeks throughout the state and country.


5 numbers that show just how bad the coronavirus has gotten in Maine

Charles Eichackerby Charles EichackerNovember 20, 2020

New England states are ahead of most of the rest of the country around mask-wearing, with up to 96 percent of the population covering their face in public, according to Carnegie Mellon University data from Nov. 16. The university found that Maine’s seven-day average of COVID-19 cases as of Nov. 11 was the second-lowest among the New England states. But it is rising, with the seven-day average for new cases on Wednesday at 191.7, up from 164.7 a week ago and just 30.9 a month ago.

Gov. Janet Mills acknowledged at a press conference Wednesday that the ability of businesses to enforce the mask mandate is not always clear, and vowed to issue more guidance soon. Businesses can exclude someone who refuses to wear a mask, she said. Mills recently expanded the mask policy to include wearing them basically any time a person is not by themselves or leaves their home, though many municipalities are not enforcing mask noncompliance when people are outdoors.

While other states have taken a heavier hand in issuing fines, Mills is relying on businesses and “all available methods of enforcement” to follow her executive order for mask-wearing with a focus on education and voluntary compliance. Noncompliance with a governor’s executive orders can be a Class E crime punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine for individuals and up to $10,000 for businesses.

From left (clockwise): Jeff Wallace (right), director of code enforcement for the city of Bangor, speaks with Papa John’s Assistant Manager Ashley Curtis about enforcing coronavirus safety guidelines on Nov. 18; Wallace walks back to his car after making a stop at the Rock Church on Nov. 18 to address concerns about mask-wearing; Wallace holds paperwork as he addresses code violations surrounding mask-wearing on Nov. 18. Credit: Natalie Williams | BDN

The promise of more clarity is good news to Colleen McCabe, manager of the Bethel Foodliner grocery store. She’s had to contend at times with agitated customers who don’t want to wear a face covering. Some claim they have a medical condition that prevents them from wearing a mask. But she said when they are offered a face shield, they refuse to wear it.

“I’ve had my help saying, ‘I’m scared and I don’t want to do this,’” she said. “I’m not going to put them in that position.”

   - November 19, 2020A team of Irish medical and public health professionals recently published a White Paper entitled “COVID-19 Alternative Strategy: A Case for Health and Socioeconomic Wellbeing,” calling for an “evidence-based” approach to pandemic management. In the paper, the team provides a cost-benefit analysis of lockdowns and scrutinizes their overall efficacy while ...  READ MORE
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   - September 18, 2020AbstractBackground:Observational evidence suggests that mask wearing mitigates transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). It is uncertain if this observed association arises through protection of uninfected wearers (protective effect), via reduced transmission from infected mask wearers (source control), or both.Objective:To assess whether rec...  READ MORE
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Definitive study establishes conclusively not only that masks don't work, but WHY.
Category: Published Studies: Masks are INEFFECTIVE
curated by Marilyn M. Singleton, M.D., J.D. – September 26, 2020IntroductionCOVID-19 is as politically-charged as it is infectious. Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, the WHO, the CDC and NIH’s Dr. Anthony Fauci discouraged wearing masks as not useful for non-health care workers. Now they recommend wearing cloth face coverings in public setting...  READ MORE
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   - October 06, 2020[Open the link above to to view the charts which reveal there is no correlation (or "clear science") behind the use of masks and rates of "infection".] Excerpt:In case it isn’t obvious, these charts fail to show any correlation between mask mandates (which presumably increase the wearing of masks) and reductions in COVID-19 infections. If you l...  READ MORE
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   From: July 10, 2020The ADA and Small Business: Frequently Asked Questions About Face Mask Policies and Serving Customers with Disabilities.The Great Plains ADA Center has received many questions regarding face mask policies and the ADA from the business community. We have collected a summary of these questions and our...  READ MORE
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