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State Suspends License Of Millinocket Inn Linked To COVID-19 Outbreak

Linda Coan O'Kresik
Bangor Daily News
The Big Moose Inn in Millinocket.

State officials said Thursday they had suspended the license for the Big Moose Inn in Millinocket, the site of an Aug. 7 wedding and reception now linked to an outbreak of 87 cases of COVID-19 in Maine. Jeanne Lambrew, Commissioner of Health and Human Services, said a recent on-site inspection showed that the facility continued to violate state guidelines for wearing masks, social distancing, and dining table placement.

“So we have suspended the license for the Big Moose Inn. Every day that the organization operates outside of that suspension, there are fines associated with it,” Lambrew said.

Lambrew said the suspension is in effect for up to 30 days, while the state is working with the facility to help it come into compliance. The Bangor Daily News reports that a woman who answered the phone at the inn Thursday called the suspension “really ridiculous.”

The Big Moose Inn photo appears through a media sharing agreement with Bangor Daily News.