Coronavirus Update

Last updated: May 24, 2021


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.

Some of the most asked questions about filming in Maine are answered below.  For more information or assistance with your production, please send me a note or call me.

Be well and stay safe.

Karen Carberry Warhola
Maine Film Office / Director
(207) 215-2462 (cell)


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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.





"We have been fortunate to have made two movies in Maine — The Way We Get By and Beneath The Harvest Sky.” Maine is a very special state in that there are so many options for locations. Given its size, you can travel to northern Maine, southern Maine, all along the coast, and tell a number of different stories in totally unique worlds with each film having very distinctive looks. The abundance of locations combined with the incredible generosity of the people and communities, make filmmaking in Maine a pure joy. We would not be filmmakers today without the support from the people of Maine and we will be forever grateful."

- Gita Pullapilly and Aron Gaudet, The Way We Get By and Beneath the Harvest Sky

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