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

On Tuesday, November 24, 2020, Governor Janet Mills issued a proclamation extending Maine’s state of civil emergency through December 23, 2020. This is the ninth proclamation renewing the state of civil emergency (which, by law, terminates in 30 days unless renewed by the governor), and keeps Maine in line with nearly every other state in the nation.

As with the previous renewals, this proclamation allows Governor Mills to continue deploying all available state resources to respond to the pandemic. The 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. Since Maine’s new fiscal year began on July 1, 2020, the numbering of executive orders has started at number one for Fiscal Year 2020/2021. 

The new proclamation does not change the expiration dates of Executive Order 55 (FY 19/20), An Order to Further Implement the Restarting Plan; Executive Order 14 (FY 20/21), An Order to Implement Phase Four of the Restarting Maine’s Economy Plan; or Executive Order 16 (FY 20/21), An Order to Revise Indoor Gathering Limits, Strengthen Face Covering Requirements and Delegate Certain Authority. These orders remain in effect until rescinded. Nor does it change the expiration dates of Executive Order 57 (FY19/20), An Order Regarding Travelers into Maine (which also authorizes the implementation of the Keep Maine Healthy Plan), or Executive Order 2 (FY 20/21), An Order Strengthening the Use of Face Coverings. These orders remain in effect unless sooner amended, renewed, or terminated.

In addition, several other executive orders (listed below and summarized) have been extended 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The following orders continue in effect until the termination of the state of civil emergency unless rescinded sooner:

The following orders will expire 30 days after the termination of the state of civil emergency unless rescinded sooner:

The following orders will expire 90 days after the termination of the state of civil emergency unless rescinded sooner:

  • Executive Order 1 (FY 20/21), Suspending Enforcement of Certain Licensing Statutes and Rules (pertaining to professional licenses)

For questions regarding this, or any of, Governor Mills’ executive orders related to COVID-19, please contact Government Relations attorneys Andrea Cianchette MakerAnn Robinson or Newell Augur.