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  • These orders remain in effect until rescinded: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  • These orders remain in effect until repealed or amended: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  • These orders remain in effect until the termination of the state of civil emergency unless rescinded sooner:
  • These orders will expire 30 days after the termination of the state of civil emergency unless rescinded sooner:
  • These orders will expire 90 days after the termination of the state of civil emergency unless rescinded sooner: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)