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Posted on: March 30, 2020

City Council Votes to Extend Stay at Home Emergency Order Until April 27

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The Portland City Council voted tonight to extend the State of Emergency and Stay at Home order until April 27. The vote extends the Emergency Order originally issued by the City Manager on March 24 and replaces it with this Emergency Order

The emergency stay at home order continues to have measures that apply to both residents and businesses, and is in response to the need to lessen the community spread of COVID-19, a global pandemic. 

The Council debated five amendments related to the emergency stay at home order:

  • Amendment 1 Re: Suspending Evictions - Passed (9-0). 

  • Amendment 2 Re: Curbside Pick-Up or Delivery for Non-Essential Businesses - Failed to pass (2-7). 

  • Amendment 3 Re: Prohibiting Short-Term Rentals - Passed w/ an amendment. (9-0)

  • Amendment 4 Re: Extending Sundays on the Boulevard - Failed (3-6). 

  • Amendment 5 Re: Various Deadline Suspensions and Essential Services - Passed (9-0) with an amendment to remove item #3 regarding adopting the State’s definition of essential services. Item #3 will be taken up at the next Council meeting on April 13. 

Portland’s City Code (Chapter 2, section 2-406) authorizes the City Manager to issue an emergency proclamation when a civil emergency exists, and for the City Council to renew and extend that proclamation. It specifically allows for the City Manager and the Council to exercise broad emergency powers to protect life and property, restrict the movement of persons within the city, and other regulations necessary to preserve the public peace, health, and safety (Chapter 2, section 2-408). 

The public is encouraged to stay up to date on the latest information from the Maine CDC. The City is posting information related to COVID-19 resources on a dedicated page at The resources page includes translated materials for our multilingual neighbors. 

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