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COVID-19: Maine Governor Extends State of Emergency

On Tuesday, December 22, 2020, Governor Janet Mills issued a proclamation extending Maine’s State of Civil Emergency through January 20, 2021. This is the 10th 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 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.  With the onset of the new fiscal year on July 1, 2020, the numbering of Executive Orders has started at number one for Fiscal Year 2020/2021. 

The expiration dates of several executive orders have not changed as a result of the new proclamation.

  • These orders remain in effect until rescinded:

    • 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.

  • These orders remain in effect unless sooner amended, renewed, or terminated:

  • These orders remain in effect until repealed or amended:

    • Executive Order 16 (FY 20/21), An Order to Revise Indoor Gathering Limits, Strengthen Face Covering Requirements and Delegate Certain Authority

    • Executive Order 18 (FY 20/21), An Order Authorizing the Modification of the COVID-19 Quarantine Period to Reflect the Best Available Science

Several other executive orders (listed below and summarized) have been extended as a result of the new proclamation:

  • These orders remain in effect until the termination of the state of civil emergency unless rescinded sooner:

    • Executive Order 23 (FY 19/20), Suspending Provisions of the Maine Pharmacy Act to Facilitate the Continuation of Out-of-State Clinical Trials of Investigational Drugs

    • Executive Order 35 (FY 19/20), Suspending Enforcement of Provisions of Certain Licensing Statutes

    • Executive Order 42 (FY 19/20), COVID-19 Related Loan Guarantee Program

    • Executive Order 43 (FY 19/20), Extraordinary Emergency Financial Orders

    • Executive Order 46 (FY 19/20), Law Enforcement Related Licensing Requirements and Training Deadlines

    • Executive Order 47 (FY 19/20), Eligibility for Children’s Homeless Shelters

    • Executive Order 48 (FY 19/20), Rulemaking for Federal Funding of MaineCare

    • Executive Order 54 (FY 19/20), Admissions to the Department of Corrections

    • Executive Order 5 (FY20/21), Rent Supports and Housing Protections

    • Executive Order 6 (FY 20/21), Outdoor Gatherings and Face Coverings for Children

    • Executive Order 9 (FY 20/21), Amending Executive Orders 55 FY 19/20 and 1 FY 20/21

    • Executive Order 12 (FY 20/21), Work Search Requirements for Unemployment Benefit Eligibility

    • Executive Order 17 (FY 20/21), Training Deadlines for Judicial Marshals

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

  • These 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)

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