Maine: COVID-19 memorial planned; Funtown to reopen

Travelers wearing protective face masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) reclaim their luggage at the airport in Denver, Colorado, U.S.

Maine might create a memorial for victims of COVID-19 in its state capital city.

Democratic Sen. Ben Chipman has introduced a proposal that would lead to the creation of the memorial on the grounds of the Maine State House. The proposal would direct the Legislative Council to fund and design the memorial, the Maine Legislature Senate Majority Office said on Monday.

Chipman said the “once in a generation pandemic needs to be properly recognized in the state of Maine.” The pandemic has killed 777 people in the state, public health authorities said.

The bill states that it would allow the State House and Capitol Park Commission “to arrange for and oversee the development and installation of a monument honoring the victims of the pandemic related to coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19.”

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