Update on the Coronavirus from the Deputy Director (March 25)

PLEASE READ: Important message to all YCCAC staff from the Deputy Director Hi Everyone , You may have seen the Governor’s announcement this afternoon in response to COVID-19. In order to try and slow the spread of COVID-19 and ‘flatten the curve’ of the infection rate, the state is mandating that all non-essential businesses and operations in Maine close their physical locations that are public facing, meaning those that allow customer, vendor or other in-person contact (they can continue to conduct non-public facing operations). In addition, the order closes non-essential business sites that require more than ten workers to convene in a space where physical distancing is not possible. ‘Essential services’ are excluded from this order, and listed ‘essential services’ include several YCCAC services such as health services, public transportation and child care. The order goes into effect starting at midnight tonight and will be in effect for 14 days. Here is a link to the Governor’s press release. https://www.maine.gov/governor/mills/news/governor-mills-orders-further-steps-protect-public-health-2020-03-24

What does this mean for us? • As noted, several of our services are explicitly listed as essential, so are exempt from this order. Most or all of the rest of our services would probably fall into this category. There is a mechanism for getting services listed as ‘essential’ and we will likely pursue that. • Regardless of whether all of our services are listed as essential, we are already in compliance with the Governor’s order. The steps we have taken over the past several weeks to serve people by phone and close our offices to the public (except Nasson and Transportation) have accomplished this. This is a reminder to please continue to adhere to these practices. We are continuing to monitor the situation very closely and will share any information as we get it. As always, please let me know if you have any questions. Carter

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