March 19, 2019

Dear MTA Members:

The Officers of the MTA have been carefully monitoring the health and
safety guidelines as provided by our Governor and the CDC regarding the
coronavirus (COVID-19).

In compliance with our Governor’s Executive Order dated March 18, 2020
banning all public gatherings more than 10 people and strongly urging all
non-essential public-facing businesses to close their doors for the next 2
weeks, the Officers of the MTA would resolutely urge all trapshooting
ranges within the State of Maine to close their operations immediately at a
minimum consistent with this order and to help mitigate the further spread
of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

As a reference, the Executive Board of the Scarborough Fish & Game
Association decided this morning to close their facility to members and
guest until further notice, with certain essential exceptions.  I would
suggest that other shooting facilities in our State consider a similar
added measure.

We certainly appreciate the consequences of these decisions, but the health
and safety of our community is of utmost importance.  Many of our MTA and
public shooters are in the higher risk segment for this virus.

We will continue to monitor this situation very carefully and will provide
further communication when appropriate.  In the meantime, please be sure to
spread this message both verbally and digitally to all that may be
relevant.  The MTA does not have the email addresses for all its members.

As we are seeing now in other states, COVID-19 will likely cause the
cancelled of some of our registration shoot dates.  We will keep you
informed accordingly separately of any registered shoot cancellations.

Below, please find the website links to the CDC,, and the ATA
regarding COVID-19.

Lastly, I would like to express my gratitude to Jim Montz for being so
vigilant in keeping the MTA Officers informed in real-time on matters
related to the ATA and Maine CDC regarding COVID-19.

Stay safe and please follow the Executive Order and CDC guidelines.

David Japhet