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Gov. Janet Mills extends Maine’s COVID-19 civil state of emergency for 13th time

Gov. Janet Mills State of the Budget Address
Gov. Janet Mills State of the Budget Address(Office of Governor Janet T. Mills)
Published: Mar. 17, 2021 at 4:19 PM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Maine (WMTW) - Gov. Janet Mills extended the state of civil emergency for another 30 days on Wednesday, the 13th time she has done so since the pandemic began in Maine.

The state of civil emergency now runs through April 15.

Even with the progress made in vaccinating Mainers, Mills urged people to keep their guard up.

“The summer is fast approaching, and the finish line is on the horizon. I urge all Maine people to keep doing the basic things that keep us healthy, like wearing a mask, and to sign up to get the vaccine when they are eligible. Together, we will get through this and get our state and our economy back on track,” Mills said in a statement.

Mills said her decision is in line with nearly every other state in the nation that has ongoing emergency declarations.

The state of civil emergency allows the state to use federal resources and deploy all available tools to respond to the pandemic.

Under Maine law, civil states of emergency may only be issued in 30-day increments.

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