Gov. Mills, again, extends State of Civil Emergency

Wed, 05/13/2020 - 3:15pm

    AUGUSTA — As Maine continues to respond to COVID-19, Governor Janet Mills signed a proclamation May 13 extending Maine’s state of civil emergency through June 11.

    This will be Governor Mills’ second extension of the State of Civil Emergency.

    According to the National Governors Association, all states and territories, including those in New England, have ongoing emergency declarations, a press release noted.

    The Governor’s proclamation comes as other governors across the nation also extend their respective states of emergency, the release noted. 

    “The State of Civil Emergency allows state government to deploy all available resources to protect the health and safety of Maine people and to respond quickly and as-needed to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Governor Mills. “It also allows us to continue to draw critical Federal resources that help us equip frontline workers with needed protective equipment and to use Federal resources to support the State’s response.” 

    A State of Civil Emergency in part enables Maine’s access to critical federal aid to boost response efforts, the release noted.

    The State of Emergency proclamation is separate and distinct from the Governor’s Executive Orders and from the Restarting Maine’s Economy plan, according to the release.

    The Governor’s Executive Orders and the Restarting Maine’s Economy plan remain in effect and unchanged, the release noted. 

    The full proclamation from Gov. Mills can be viewed by clicking here