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.
Forefront GOP Congressional Candidate Files Amicus Brief Against Maine Governor
The forefront Republican candidate to replace Democrat Congressman Jared Golden in Maine’s Second Congressional District has filed paper work against Maine Governor Janet Mills.
Adrienne Bennett announced that she has filed a brief of amicus curiae in the U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals in favor of local central Maine church’s motion for a temporary restraining order against Governor Janet Mills.
“This is a dangerous moment where Governor Mills is arguing that certain emergencies allow her to trample on the constitutionally protected rights of Mainers. Our churches and all people of faith need to know that when their rights are violated, they are not alone. We must fight back,” said the Republican candidate for Congress.
“Janet Mills is not the head of the church. Her government cannot dictate how, when or to whom we worship. She cannot discriminate against houses of worship and treat them lesser than secular institutions. I urge the court to intervene. We will fight this all the way to the Supreme Court, if necessary.”
Bennett is being represented by Maine attorney Stephen C. Whiting of The Whiting Law Firm who had this to say about the brief filed against Governor Janet Mills, “While the Governor certainly has an interest in protecting public health, all Mainers also have an interest in seeing their Constitutional rights upheld. The Governor cannot use her power to protect public health in a manner that arbitrarily deprives Mainers of the right to free exercise of religion. Therefore, the public interest favors granting Appellant’s motion and preventing further violations of First Amendment freedoms.”
Earlier in the month Pastor Ken Graves and Calvary Chapel of Orrington, Maine filed a federal lawsuit that challenges Maine’s governor Janet Mills closure of places of worship as means to end the spread of COVID-19 in Maine. That story was covered by Big League Politics and can be read here.
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