Maine Gov. Janet Mills announced a reopening plan for businesses in rural counties that haven't reported cases of community transmission.
There are 12 counties included in the Rural Reopening Plan: Aroostook, Piscataquis, Washington, Hancock, Somerset, Franklin, Oxford, Kennebec, Waldo, Knox, Lincoln and Sagadahoc.
"With low case counts, no evidence of community transmission, and now, expanded testing capacity, we believe it is appropriate to gradually lift some limitations on certain businesses in our rural counties with health and safety precautions to protect public health," Mills said in a tweet Friday.
On Monday, retail stores in those counties will be able to open, according to the plan.
The stores will need to use enhanced safety precautions. These include restricting the number of customers in a store at one time, implementing enhanced cleaning practices and using touch-free transactions when possible, the plan said.
Restaurants in those counties will be able to reopen on May 18 along with wilderness campsites, the plan said.
Restaurants will need to also have enhanced health and safety precautions including physically distancing customers, frequent hygiene and sanitation practices by employees, and controlling the flow of customers when possible.
Wilderness campsites will be open to Maine residents and visitors who have completed a 14 day quarantine period, the plan said.