Give Maine a fair chance
This petition is to help save the guide/camp community that is so vital to the economy of all of rural Maine. The way that the mandatory 14 day quarantine for non residents through 7/31 is written will make it impossible for any of us to operate. The amount of Maine residents that hire a guide or stay at our lodges is minuscule at best. We all want people to stay safe and healthy, but we simply can’t operate, pay our mortgages, taxes, feed our families, etc under this current order. Losing April-July for the guide community would create a devastating economic (and ecologic!) effect that many will not rebound from. We ask that the 14 day quarantine be lifted. We are fine with taking measures like social distancing/masks in stores/etc. We all agree that we need to be smart and careful in how we operate in these times. We are good with being careful, not with being shutdown. With that in mind, we ask that you would help this vital part of Maine’s economy keep moving forward! Give us fair and realistic guidelines, that still allow us to operate.