Last updated: May 24, 2021
FILMING IS UP IN MAINE
Despite a pandemic production shutdown from March to June, the number of productions that filmed in Maine during 2020 increased over 2019 as productions prioritized finding safe places to film. Throughout it all, Maine filmmakers stepped up to the plate, adapted and overcame the challenges a pandemic created for all of us.
Be well and stay safe.
Karen Carberry Warhola
Maine Film Office / Director
(207) 215-2462 (cell)
REGISTER YOUR PRODUCTION BEFORE FILMING
It’s quick and easy, and can be submitted directly online.
Maine COVID-19 checklists have been retired
Maine has adopted U.S. CDC new COVID-19 guidance and all State of Maine COVID-19 checklists have been retired. The studios and guilds have agreed to extend their return-to-work safety protocols to June 30th. If your production is a union shoot, make sure to check industry COVID-19 guidance for updates.
Productions filming in Maine are not required to hire an on-set Medic/EMT or a COVID-19 Safety Coordinator while filming in Maine.
Maine COVID-19 travel policy automatically exempts all states
Maine’s COVID-19 travel policy automatically exempts all states. If one or more states see a spike in cases of highly contagious COVID-19 variants, Maine will apply its test or quarantine requirement to travelers to and from that state. The Maine CDC will publicly announce any such states when they are identified.
Indoor and Outdoor Gathering Limits Lifted
Maine has lifted capacity limits and physical distancing requirements for public indoor and outdoor gatherings.
Facemasks No Longer Required
Maine is no longer requiring masks in most settings. While the State of Maine does not require masks for individuals who are fully vaccinated, individual businesses may implement their own rules regarding mask wearing. Be sure to bring a face covering for venturing out to public places where they may be required.
Wearing a mask remains recommended by the U.S. CDC for people who are not fully vaccinated or not yet able to receive the vaccine; and is required on planes, buses, trains, taxis, rideshares, and other forms of public transportation.
COVID-19 Testing Sites
Below is a current list of sites that offer testing. We’re not aware of any state-sponsored mobile testing units. You may be able to arrange with one of the testing centers to meet your needs.