COVID-19: Maine Governor Janet Mills Extends State of Emergency

On Wednesday, June 10, 2020, Governor Janet Mills issued a proclamation extending Maine’s state of civil emergency through July 10, 2020. This is the third proclamation renewing the state of civil emergency.

As with the two previous renewals, this proclamation allows Governor Mills to continue deploying all available state resources to respond to the pandemic and protect Maine citizens against the spread of COVID-19. This proclamation also continues to grant emergency powers to the Department of Health and Human Services, and continues Maine’s eligibility for certain federal aid related to COVID-19.

This new proclamation does not change the expiration dates of Executive Order 55An Order to Further Implement the Restarting Plan, or Executive Order 57An Order Regarding Travelers into Maine (which also authorizes the implementation of the Keep Maine Healthy Plan). These orders took effect on May 31, 2020 and June 9, 2020, respectively, and remain in effect unless sooner amended, renewed or terminated.

In addition, several other executive orders are extended by their own terms as a result of the new proclamation. The following orders continue in effect until the termination of the state of civil emergency unless rescinded sooner:

  • Executive Order 23An Order Suspending Provisions of the Maine Pharmacy Act and Related Rules in Order to Facilitate the Continuation of Out-of-State Clinical Trials of Investigational Drugs during the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • Executive Order 35An Order Suspending Enforcement of Provisions of Certain Licensing Statutes and Rules in Order to Facilitate Health Care and Veterinary Care During the State of Emergency Created by COVID-19

  • Executive Order 42An Order Regarding a COVID-19 Related Loan Guarantee Program

  • Executive Order 43An Order Expediting Extraordinary Emergency Financial Orders and Allotments by Waiving the Thirty Day Waiting Period During the State of Emergency

  • Executive Order 46An Order Regarding Certain Law Enforcement Related Licensing Requirements and Training Deadlines

  • Executive Order 47An Order Increasing Eligibility for Children’s Homeless Shelters During the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • Executive Order 48An Order Modifying Certain Procedural Requirements for Emergency Rulemaking to Maximize Federal COVID-19 Funding for MaineCare

  • Executive Order 54An Order Regarding Admissions to the Department of Corrections

The following orders will expire 30 days after the termination of the state of civil emergency unless rescinded sooner:

  • Executive Order 18An Act Extending Compliance Dates Under Certain Motor Vehicle Laws

  • Executive Order 24An Act Regarding Recycling and Solid Waste Facility Operating Hours Enforced by the Department of Environmental Protection

  • Executive Order 30-AAn Order Regarding an Extension of the Current Use Taxation Deadline

  • Executive Order 31An Order Extending Deadlines Related to Certain Property Tax Exemptions

  • Executive Order 37An Order Temporarily Modifying Certain In-Person Notarization and Acknowledgement Requirements

  • Executive Order 38An Order Regarding the Expiration of Optometric Lens Prescriptions

  • Executive Order 39An Order Modifying the Primary Election to Reduce Exposure to COVID-19

  • Executive Order 40An Order Regarding Unlawful Evictions, Writs of Possession and Initiation of Eviction Proceedings

  • Executive Order 44An Order Extending a Certain Reporting Period

For questions regarding this, or any of, Governor Mills’s Executive Orders related to COVID-19, please contact government relations attorneys Andrea Cianchette MakerAnn Robinson or Elizabeth Frazier.