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Maine Chamber Supports Mills' New Restrictions On Maine Businesses As COVID-19 Spreads

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Maine State Chamber of Commerce President Dana Connors at a news event June 5, 2018.

Calling Gov. Janet Mills' response to the coronavirus measured and responsible, the head of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce says the organization supports Mills' executive order placing further restrictions on businesses and operations in Maine to curb the spread of COVID-19.  
The governor's order mandates that all non-essential businesses that allow in-person contact between customers, vendors and others close their physical locations until April 8. 

Chamber President Dana Connors says what he's been hearing most often from the business community are concerns about the distinction between essential and non-essential businesses, as well as questions about working from home.

"I give the public  and businesses in Maine a lot credit for recognizing the challenge that we face and playing their respective role in trying to get our arms around this issue and come out the other side and get back to normal as quickly as we can," Connors says.

Mills' executive order mandates some closures that Mills was only recommending last week.


Ed is a Maine native who spent his early childhood in Livermore Falls before moving to Farmington. He graduated from Mount Blue High School in 1970 before going to the University of Maine at Orono where he received his BA in speech in 1974 with a broadcast concentration. It was during that time that he first became involved with public broadcasting. He served as an intern for what was then called MPBN TV and also did volunteer work for MPBN Radio.