1. On Tuesday Governor Janet Mills ordered all Mainers to stay home through April 30 except to shop for groceries and other necessities or go to jobs deemed essential. The statewide mandate begins at 12:01AM Thursday. Mills says residents must take these precautions now because saving lives will depend on all of us. (PRESS HERALD)
2. Two more people have died from coronavirus complications in Maine, bringing the total to five. There are now 303 coronavirus cases in 12 Maine counties as of Tuesday. 57 people have been hospitalized and 68 people have fully recovered. (WGME)
3. UNE has officially postponed commencement events this year. The University of Maine system announced Monday that in-person commencement ceremonies will not be possible by the end of the spring semester because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Campus leaders will be reaching out to students, faculty and staff about alternative plans. (WGME)
4. L.L. Bean is using its resources and production capabilities to assist in the fight against coronavirus. At the same facility where you’d typically find workers crafting the “bean boot,” you’ll now find workers sewing ‘sneeze masks’ for first responders. The current sneeze masks are made from something the company already had on hand: dog bed liner (NEWS CENTER MAINE)
5. April Fools’ Day. Usually the best day of the year for pranks, April Fools’ Day, was first celebrated in the medieval period. With the current state of society, the idea of “celebrating” April Fools’ Day is up for debate.