PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — More people will be allowed in public buildings such as town halls and libraries in Maine in the coming weeks.

The state has limited attendance at public buildings to 50% of permitted occupancy or 50 people, whichever is greater. The Maine Department of Economic and Community Development said that will rise to 75% of permitted occupancy or 50 people, whichever is greater, on May 24.

The state said the rules also apply to county offices, community buildings and other public spaces. The rules are similar to occupancy restrictions for private businesses.

“Although vaccinations have begun, COVID-19 remains a serious public health threat and Maine people should continue to heed all health and safety protocols, including wearing masks, practicing physical distancing, and avoiding large gatherings,” said Kate Foye, a spokesperson for the department.

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Town halls and city halls across Maine have altered opening hours and made other changes to accommodate residents during the coronavirus pandemic.

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