Grand Lodge Guidance on Maine Lodges’ Operations

Good evening-
Earlier today, Maine Governor Janet Mills issued an executive order in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  I wanted to make you aware of the impact this order has on all Lodges throughout the State of Maine.
In accordance with the terms of her executive order, Governor Mills has restricted all gatherings of 10 or more people throughout the State of Maine.  This is intended to reduce the potential of community spread, and our Maine Lodges must follow the Governor’s order here.  In addition, the order also requires that bars and restaurants – statewide – cease all in-house dining and bar service.  Consequently, all bars and grill rooms within our Lodges must cease operating until the Governor lifts these recently imposed restrictions.  Please note that Governor Mill’s order took effect at 6:00p.m. today (March 18th), and imposes these restriction through and including March 31, 2020. 
Regular Lodge meetings may continue to occur so long as attendance is limited to 10 Members.  It cannot be stressed enough, however, that under no circumstances is there to be alcohol and/or food service within any Lodge facility in the State for the period of time during which the restrictions have been imposed.
I understand the tremendous impacts these unprecedented restrictions will have on many of our Members, and the Lodge facilities which they enjoy.  However, in following the restrictions Governor Mills has imposed, we will ensure the long-term health and safety of our Members and their guests.

Very truly yours,

Robert J. Van Campen, Esq. Member, Grand Lodge Committee on Judiciary – Area 114 Harley Avenue, Everett, MA 02149(C)  617-270-1123(E)