CREEPY: Maine Governor to Demand Restaurants Collect Patrons’ Data as Part of Reopen

Maine Governor Janet Mills has announced that she will permit restaurants and other eating establishments to open on May 18th across the Pine Tree State’s twelve rural counties.  Along with the announcement, Governor Mills released a list of guidelines and regulations that the restaurant and eating establishments in those counties must obey to participate in the rural reopening phase.

Many of the guidelines and regulations deal with the use of personal protection equipment by both the staff of the restaurants and the guests; others have to do with making sure tables are spaced in such a way that social distancing can be practiced, no more than eight people will be allowed to eat in a single party and no more than fifty people will be allowed to dine in one room.

Then there is this regulation which is found at the bottom of page two of the guidelines and regulations:

“ For contact tracing purposes, maintain records of customers, including one customer name and contact information per party and the server of the table.”

Besides being asked to update their places of business to become more aligned with new COVID-19 protocols, struggling rural restaurants are being forced to become data collection agencies of the Mills administration if they want to reopen and try to salvage their summer season business.

The guidelines and regulations do not make clear how the data that is collected by the restaurants and eating establishments would be kept safe or what would happen to patrons who give a false name or fake personal information.

Big League Politics recently broke the news that Maine Governor Janet Mills had made a $370,000 deal to spy on all Maine drivers through the use of their smart phones, which can be read here.