Posts Categorized: Announcements

MGFPA & Partners Encourage Customers To Be Kind

Retailers, grocers, food producers and other businesses across Maine are asking the public to practice kindness and respect toward workers and each other as shops, restaurants and other locations continue reopening following the unprecedented shutdown caused by COVID-19.

Read the full Let’s Be Kind Press Release

Read ‘Maine retailers urge patrons to be kind, wear masks, maintain distancing’ in the Portland Press Herald Article

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Expanded Customer Capacity

“Effective Wednesday, June 17… Additionally, the Administration is also expanding capacity limits at retail establishments, allowing up to 5 customers per 1,000 square feet, given the decreasing risk associated with retail shopping and the assumption that stores will continue to require staff to wear cloth face coverings and follow strict public health precautions. This change replaces the customer limits established in a previous Executive Order.”
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COVID-19 Recovery Resources

Looking ahead to the next phase of our “new normal” and rebounding from the COVID-19 pandemic, MGFPA is actively working with our government partners and members to provide an updated list of resources and guidance.  We will continue to add information as it is received.

Popular Industry Resources

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MGFPA Distributes 75,000 Face Coverings in partnership with FEMA and MEMA

The Maine Grocers and Food Producers Association proudly partnered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) to distribute 75,000 cloth face coverings. To further protect the health and safety of our industry, MGFPA worked to coordinate statewide distribution to our local grocers, markets, and supermarkets as well as co-packers, dairy processors, and local food manufacturers.

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Maine’s Single-Use Plastic Bag Ban *New Effective Date 1/15/21

Maine’s bag ban law will be delayed until January 15, 2021. The state also occupies the field of regulation starting March 17, 2020. What that means is that current state law has no plastic bag bans or fees at retail. Retailers can use whatever bags are necessary and not have to collect fees during this crisis.

To view the Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s statement, visit their website.

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