AUGUSTA — Governor Janet Mills has extended Maine’s State of Civil Emergency for another 30 days. She also signed an executive order requiring masks or face coverings to be worn in more places.
Gov. Mills extended the state of emergency until August 6. In a statement, the governor said the state of emergency allows Maine to “draw down critical Federal resources and to deploy all available resources to respond to COVID-19.”
This marks the fourth time the governor has extended the State of Civil Emergency.
The governor also issued an executive order Wednesday requiring many businesses to enforce mask rules.
In a statement, the governor said the order applies to large retail businesses, restaurants, outdoor bars, tasting rooms, and lodging establishments in Hancock, Waldo, Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, Cumberland, and York counties, as well as in the cities of Bangor, Brewer, Lewiston, Auburn, and Augusta.
“As Maine continues to reopen our economy, we must remember this dangerous virus is still among us,” Mills said in the statement. “If we stay vigilant and take all necessary precautions to protect ourselves and those around us, like wearing a face covering, washing hands and staying six feet apart, then we can stay safe and healthy and limit the spread of COVID-19 in Maine.”
Maine has reported more than 3,400 cases of the virus.
For more information, visit the governor’s website.