Effective May 24, fully vaccinated people will be allowed not to wear face coverings indoors in Maine. The change comes following a review by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services and the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention of new guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Maine will also lift the physical distancing requirement at indoor public settings where people are eating or drinking and therefore would be removing their face covering — such as indoor restaurants, bars, dining areas in camps or in congregate living facilities, and break rooms.

Consistent with the U.S. CDC’s guidelines, it is recommended that people in Maine who are not fully vaccinated wear face coverings in indoor public settings. The U.S. CDC requires people to wear masks on all planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation.

More than 70% of Maine people age 18 and older have received at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracker. Moreover, Maine continues to lead the nation in the percentage of its total population that is fully vaccinated, according to Bloomberg.