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Governor extends state of emergency until June 11

May 13, 2020
Maine Gov. Janet Mills

Augusta — Gov. Janet Mills announced Wednesday, May 13, she signed a proclamation extending the state of civil emergency for 30 days through June 11.

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

“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,” Mills stated in a news release on the state's website.

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

The Governor’s Executive Orders and the Restarting Maine’s Economy plan remain in effect and unchanged. For up-to-date information on Maine’s response to COVID-19, visit Coronavirus.Maine.Gov.

The news release reports that, according to the National Governors Association, all states and territories, including those in New England, have ongoing emergency declarations. The Governor’s proclamation comes as other governors across the nation also extend their respective states of emergency. Vermont Gov. Phil Scott announced earlier this week he intends to renew his state of emergency as well.

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