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.
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.
THIS INFORMATION IS NOW OUTDATED; the customer capacity limits were updated 6/15. MGFPA worked diligently with the administration to increase the number of customers allowed in our grocery stores. This afternoon, updated tiers were issued and are effective immediately. Formal legal guidance will be posted but we have been given the green light to move forward with these new numbers. Click to read the updated tiers PDF.
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.