Gov. Mills issues stay-at-home order for Maine
DIRECTOR OF THE MAINE CDC REPORTED THIS MORNING THAT THERE ARE 28 ADDITIONAL CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID-19 IN MAINE. SEVERA INDIVIDUALS ARE SMALL CHILDREN. 43 INVALUABLE HEALTH CARE WORKERS HAVE TESTED POSITIVE. THIS MORNING, TWO MORE PEOPLE HAVE DIED, BRINGING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF DEATHS IN OUR STATE TO FIVE. WE MOURN THE LOSS OF EACH OF THESE INDIVIDUALS AND WE PRAY FOR THE MORE THAN 300 WHO HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH THIS VIRUS ACROSS THE STATE OF MAINE. DOZENS INNER ICUS RIGHT NOW. THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND ACROSS THE GLOBE. HERE AT HOME, MORE ACTION IS NECESSARY. IN THE LAST 16 DAYS, I HAVE PROCLAIMED A STATE OF CIVIL EMERGENCY. I HAVE PROHIBITED GATHERINGS OF MORE THAN 10 PEOPLE. WE HAVE CLOSED DIED IN SERVICE AT RESTAURANTS AND BARS. WE HAVE PROHIBITED PUBLIC FACING INTERACTIONS FOR NON-ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES. WE HAVE URGED SCHOOLS TO END I CLASSROOM INSTRUCTION, WHICH THEY HAVE DONE. WE HAVE CLOSED A NUMBER OF STATE PARKS, VERY POPULAR PLACES, TO PREVENT PEOPLE FROM CONGREGATING THERE. AMONG OTHER THINGS, WE HAVE IMPLORED MAINE PEOPLE TO STAY AT LEAST SIX FEET APART FROM EACH OTHER. THESE ARE NO ORDINARY TIMES. 16 DAYS SEEMS LIKE AN ATTORNEY FOR MOST OF US. THESE ARE TIMES WHEN EXTRAORDINARY ACTIONS ARE REQUIRED. TODAY, I AM TAKING THE MOST AGGRESSIVE ACTION YET. EFFECTIVE THIS THURSDAY MORNING, APRIL 2, UNTIL APRIL 30, I AM ORDERING ALL MAINE PEOPLE TO STAY AT HOME. YOU MAY LEAVE ONLY IF YOU WORK AT AN ESSENTIAL BUSINESS OR TO CONDUCT OR PARTICIPATE IN SOME ESSENTIAL ACTIVITY, SUCH AS GETTING GROCERIES, GOING TO THE PHARMACY, SEEKING MEDICAL CARE, CARING FOR A FAMILY MEMBER OUTSIDE OF YOUR HOME, OR GOING FOR A WALK, RUN, HIK FISH, OR RUN ON A PATH. WHILE YOU ARE OUT, YOU STILL MUST MAINTAIN SIX FEET OF DISTANCE BETWEEN YOURSELF AND OTHER PEOPLE. I AM ORDERING PEOPLE NOT TO US PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION, UNLESS FOR AN ESSENTIAL REASON, OR FOR A JOB THAT CANNOT BE DONE FROM HOME. FOR THOSE WHO TRAVEL IN YOUR OWN VEHICLES, I AM ORDERING THAT THEY LIMIT PASSENGERS TO PERSONS WITHIN THEIR IMMEDIATE HOUSEHOLD, UNLESS THEY ARE TRANSPORTING SOMEONE FOR MEDICAL OR PUBLIC HEALTH REASONS. I AM ALSO ORDERING THOSE ESSENTIAL STORES THAT REMAIN OPEN TO LIMIT THE NUMBER OF CUSTOMERS IN THEIR STORES AT ANY ONE TIME. TO IMPLEMENT CURBSIDE PICKUP AND DELIVERY OPTIONS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE AND TO FORCE U.S. CDC RECOMMENDED PHYSICAL DISTANCING REQUIREMENTS FOR CUSTOMERS AND EMPLOYEES IN AND AROUND FACILITIES. I AM ORDERING THE CONTINUED CLOSURE OF SCHOOLS UNTIL AT LEAST MAY 1. MOST SCHOOLS HAVE ALREADY DONE THIS AND IN LINE WITH MY PREVIOUS RECOMMENDATION. TRAVELING TO AND FROM AN EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION FOR PURPOSES OF RECEIVING MEALS OR INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS FOR DISTANCE LEARNING IS ALLOWED. I CANNOT SIMPLY CLOSE THE STATE’S BORDER OR PULL UP MAINE-NEW HAMPSHIRE BRIDGES. I WILL INSIST PERSONS ENTERING OUR STATE OR RETURNING TO MAINE FROM SOMEWHERE ELSE, THAT THEY SELF-QUARANTINE FOR 14 DAYS. WE WILL BE ISSUING A FURTHER ORDER IN THIS REGARD WITH MORE DETAILS IN THE NEXT DAY OR SO. FOR THOSE PEOPLE WHO COME TO MAINE, HOWEVER, MY MESSAGE IS CLEAR — DON’T THINK YOU CAN ESCAPE THE VIRUS BY COMING HERE. WHILE YOU ARE HERE, YOU ARE OBVIOUSLY SUBJECT TO THE LAWS, PROTOCOLS AND ORDERS OF THE STATE OF MAINE. OUR HEALTH FACILITIES MAY SOON BE OVERCROWDED AND OVERWHELMED. IF YOU GET SICK, IF YOU ARE SICK, TREATMENT MIGHT BE SCARCE OR UNAVAILABLE TO YOU. FOR THE PEOPLE OF MAINE, WE ARE IN THE MIDST OF THE GREATEST PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS THAT THE WORLD HAS SEEN IN MORE THAN CENTURY. THE VIRUS WILL CONTINUE TO SICKEN PEOPLE ACROSS OUR STATE. CASES WILL GROW AND MORE PEOPLE WILL DIE. I SAY THIS JUST TO BE DIRECT, TO BE AS HONEST AS I CAN WITH YOU, BECAUSE SAVING LIVES WILL DEPEND ON ALL OF US. IF ANYONE TODAY BELIEVES THIS VIRUS WILL NOT AFFECT THEM OR THEIR FAMILY, IF ANYONE IS STILL SAYING TO THEMSELVES, IT CANNOT HAPPEN TO ME, I IMPLORE YOU, LISTEN TO DR. SHAH, LISTEN TO THE EXPERTS, THE FACTS, THE SCIENCE, THE MEDICAL PERSONNEL ON WHOM WE RELY. DO NOT BE INDIFFERENT TO THES FACTS. A NOBEL PEACE PRIZE WINNER AND SURVIVOR OF THE HOLOCAUST TOLD US THE OPPOSITE OF LOVE IS NOT HATE, THE OPPOSITE OF LOVE IS INDIFFERENCE. THE OPPOSITE OF ART IS NOT UGLINESS, IT IS INDIFFERENCE. THE OPPOSITE OF FAITH IS NOT HERESY, IT IS INDIFFERENCE. THE OPPOSITE OF LIFE IS NOT DEATH, IT IS INDIFFERENCE. BEFORE US TODAY IS A TEST OF OUR SHARED HUMANITY. INDIFFERENCE TO THAT TEST WILL RESULT IN MORE PEOPLE BECOMING INFECTED WITH THE VIRUS, INCLUDING SOME OF YOU LISTENING TO ME TODAY. IT WILL RESULT IN OUR HOSPITALS BEING OVERWHELMED AND IT WILL CERTAINLY RESULT IN MORE PEOPLE DYING. I IMPLORE YOU, LOOK TO YOURSELF, LOOK TO YOUR FAMILY, YOUR FRIENDS, YOUR LOVED ONES, YOUR NEIGHBORS ON THE FRONT LINES, THE FIRST RESPONDERS AND THE HEALTH CARE WORKERS WHO CANNOT STAY HOME. THEY ARE FIGHTING THIS VIRUS. LOOK TO THE CHILDREN WHO LIVE AROUND THE CORNER FROM YOU, THE FARMER WHO GROWS YOUR FOOD, THE GROCERY PHARMACIST WHO SELL YOU GOODS, THE TEACHERS WHO ARE MISSING KIDS, T FISHERMEN, THE SAILORS, THE TRUCK DRIVER, THE JANITOR, THE WAITRESS AT YOUR FAVORITE DINER. THESE ARE THE PEOPLE YOU ARE PROTECTING BY STAYING HOME. THIS IS WHO YOU ARE SAVING. I BELIEVE MORE THAN ANYTHING IN YOU, IN THE PEOPLE OF MAINE, I BELIEVE MORE THAN ANYTHING THAT WE WILL CONQUER THIS VIRUS TOGETHER. I HAVE SAID IT BEFORE AND I AM SAYING IT AGAIN, THINGS WILL GET WORSE BEFORE THEY GET BETTER. BUT BY DOING OUR PART NOW, THEY WILL GET BETTER. TODAY, WE MIGHT FEEL FEAR, ANXIETY, THAT UNSETTLED THIS THAT DR. SHAH REFERRED TO EARLIER TODAY. BUT EVERY DAY, I ALSO FEEL HOPE. WE KNOW HOPE BECAUSE OF THE MAINE PEOPLE WHO ARE STEPPING UP IN DROVES TO HELP OTHERS. WE KNOW HOPE BECAUSE OF THE 68 PEOPLE HAVE RECOVERED. IF WE PULL TOGETHER, WE CAN AND WILL DEFEAT THIS VIRUS. IF WE ALL DO OU PART, YOU AND YOUR FAMILY CAN STAY SAFE. THE SOONER WE TAKE THESE MEASURES THAT I AM ORDERING TODAY, THE SOONER WE CAN FLATTEN THE CURVE, AVOID THE SURGE AND BE SAFE ONCE AGAIN, AS A STATE. WE STATE APA NOW, SO THAT SOONER, RATHER THAN LATER, WE WILL ALL BE TOGETHER. AT WORK, SCHOOL, AND AT PLAY ONCE AGAIN. DO YOUR PART. STAY APART. IF YOU LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR, IF YOU LOVE YOUR FAMILY, IF YOU LOVE THE STATE AS I DO, PLEASE STAY HEALTHY, STAY HOME. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS AND KEEP YOU ALL SAFE, AND GOD BLESS THE STATE OF MAINE. I BELIEVE WE HAVE A FEW QUESTIONS ON THE PHONE. >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WE DO HAVE SOME QUESTIONS. GO AHEAD. >> THANK YOU, GOVERNOR. I WANT TO START WHAT SEEMS LIKE THE MOST OBVIOUS QUESTION. WHAT CAUSED YOU TO TAKE THIS ACTION NOW RATHER THAN A WEEK OR TWO AGO. WAS THERE A CHANGE IN THE WAY THINGS WERE IN THE STATE? GOV. MILLS: WE ARE DEALING WITH THIS VIRUS, THIS INVISIBLE THREAT, DAY-TO-DAY, HOUR T HOUR. MY ADMINISTRATION, MY COMMISSIONERS, WE CONSULT EVERY DAY, A COUPLE TIMES A DAY. WE CONSULT WITH OUR ESTEEMED CDC DIRECTOR, DR. SHAH EVERY DAY. JUST YESTERDAY, I WAS ON THE PHONE WITH THE OTHER GOVERNORS, THE PRESIDENT AND THE VICE PRESIDENT. IT WAS THE SIXTH CALL WE HAVE HAD IN LESS THAN TWO WEEKS. EVERY DAY, WE ARE CONVERSING AND COORDINATING, AND SEEING WHAT IS RIGHT FOR OUR INDIVIDUAL STATES. TODAY SEEM LIKE THE RIGHT THING TO DO, THE RIGHT TIME, THE RIGHT PLACE TO ISSUE THIS ORDER THAT ADDRESSES A NUMBER OF VERY SERIOUS CONCERNS THAT HAVE GROWN OVER THE LAST FEW HOURS IN THE LAST FEW DAYS. >> THANK WE WILL CYCLE THROUGH GO AHEAD. GOV. MILLS: HI, KEVIN. >> THANK YOU FOR TAKING TH CALL. THIS I OBVIOUSLY A STATEWIDE MANDATE. WHAT WAS YOUR SENSE, WERE PEOPLE NOT DOING ENOUGH? WERE THEY NOT SOCIAL DISTANCING ENOUGH? WERE THERE STILL REPORTS OF PEOPLE CONGREGATING? IS THIS MEANT TO SEND A MESSAGE THAT WE NEED TO GET SERIOUS? GOV. MILLS I HAVE BEEN FAVORABLY IMPRESSED BY THE COMPLIANCE OF THE PEOPLE OF MAINE, FROM EVERYTHING I HEAR ON THE GROUND, FROM WHAT I HEAR FROM DIFFERENT TOWNS, CITIES, PUBLIC OFFICIALS, LAW ENFORCEMENT. AND YET, IT SEEMS NECESSARY TO TURN THIS INTO AN ORDER TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE ARE COMPLYING WITH BEST PRACTICES, BEST PUBLIC HEALTH PRACTICES. I HAVE NOT BEEN OUT SCOUTING AROUND TO SEE WHO MIGHT BE AT THE PLAYGROUND, WHO MIGHT BE PLAYING A PICKUP GAME OF BASKETBALL. I AM SURE THERE HAVE BEEN A FEW. WE KNOW THERE WERE 3000 PEOPLE AT THE BEACH A WEEK AGO IN ONE AFTERNOON. I WISH I COULD HAVE BEEN THERE, TOO, BUT IT IS NOT WHAT GOOD PUBLIC HEALTH PRACTICES REQUIRE, SO WE ARE ISSUING THE ORDER, NOT BECAUSE OF NONCOMPLIANCE, BUT BECAUSE WE NEED TO CODIFY THESE RULES, MAKE THEM EXPLICIT AND UNAMBIGUOUS. >> THANKS. >> GO AHEAD. GOV. MILLS HI, CLAY. A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS. THE FIRST ONE, IS ANY OF THIS ENFORCEABLE? SECOND, HAS THERE BEEN LANGUAGE TO ASSIST THE HOMELESS POPULATION? IN REGARD TO THE PORTLAND CITY COUNCIL, THERE WAS A SUSPENSION, DO YOU PLAN ON IMPLEMENTING ANYTHING? GOV. MILLS: THAT IS THREE DIFFERENT QUESTIONS, YOU CHEATED. [LAUGHTER] GOV. MILLS LET ME BACK UP AND SAY, THERE ARE PROBABLY FOUR BASIC THINGS WE ARE DEALING WITH HOUR TO HOUR. ONE IS DEALING WITH THE HOMELESS POPULATION. DR. SHAH AND CITY OFFICIALS FROM VARIOUS MUNICIPALITIES WHO ARE MOST DIRECTLY DEALING WITH TH HOMELESS POPULATIONS ARE TRYING TO MANAGE THAT, TRYING TO COORDINATE ALTERNATIVE RESPONSES FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT HAVE A PLACE TO STAY AT NIGHT OR DURING THE DAY. THAT IS A CHALLENGE. THERE IS NOT AN EASY ANSWER RIGHT NOW. THE SECOND THING WE ARE TRYING TO COORDINATE IS THE ELECTIONS IN JUN TOWN OFFICIALS ARE CONCERNED THAT PEOPLE WILL GATHER AT THE POLLING PLACES AND THIS EMERGENCY MIGHT NOT BE OVER B JUNE 9. LOOKING AT THAT, THAT IS NOT IN THIS ORDER. WE ARE LOOKING AT STATE EMPLOYEES AND HOW TO BEST PROTECT THEM. FOURTH, THE ORDER I MENTIONED IN MY STATEMENT ABOUT PEOPLE COMING FROM OUT OF STATE, HOW WE CAN BEST ENFORCE THAT. THE HOMELESS ISSUE, I DON’T HAVE AN ANSWER RIGHT NOW. WE ARE DEALING WITH IT, WE KNOW IT IS A PRIORITY. ANOTHER QUESTION WAS ABOUT EVICTIONS, I BELIEVE. CORRECT? I THINK THAT IS CORRECT. I HAVE SPOKEN TO BANKS, FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND A NUMBER OF LANDLORDS, MAKING SURE THEY ARE READY TO ACCOMMODATE PEOPLE’S NEEDS, FOR PEOPLE WHO CANNOT PAY THE RENT OR ALL OF THE RENT BECAUSE OF THE RESPONSE TO THIS VIRUS, EVERYONE OF THEM HAS ASSURED ME THEY ARE WILLING TO WORK WITH TENANTS WHO FACE NONPAYMENT. TOMORROW IS APRIL 1. IT IS OFTEN THE DAY THE RENT IS DUE. I AM CONVINCED THERE IS FLEXIBILITY THERE. I AM CONVINCED I HAD BEEN INFORMED THERE IS FLEXIBILITY BY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS, MORTGAGE HOLDERS THAT ARE DEALING WITH PROPERTY OWNERS. I DON’T THINK IT IS A ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL PROBLEM. I AM HAPPY TO DEAL WITH THAT, AT LEAST INFORMALLY AT THIS TIME. WHAT WAS THE THIRD PART OF YOUR THREE-PART QUESTIO ARE ANY OF THESE ENFORCEABLE? GOV. MILLS: YES THEY ARE. TITL 37B GIVES THE ADMINISTRATION AND ALL LAW ENFORCEMENT ACROSS THE STATE AND LICENSING AGENCIES FALL AUTHORITY TO ENFORCE ALL PROVISIONS OF THIS ORDER. >> THANK YOU, GOVERNOR. GOV. MILLS: THANK YOU. HI KATE. >> IS THERE ANY TALK OF DELIVERING PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT TO FRONTLINE PERSONNEL, GROCE CASHERS AND TRANSPORTATION WORKERS? GOV. MILLS: ONE OF THE RECOMMENDATION — ONE OF THE PROVISIONS IN THIS ORDER RECOMMENDS STORES WITH A CUSTOMER BASE THAT THEY LIMIT THE CUSTOMER BASE AT ANY ONE TIME AND THEY PUT UP PROTECTIVE SHIELDS. I AM NOT A PUBLIC HEALTH EXPERT, BUT FROM WHAT I HAVE HEARD OR READ MASKS MIGHT NOT BE THE BEST WAY TO PROTECT AGAINST T SPREAD OF THE VIRUS IN A PUBLIC LOCATION. WE HAVE NOT BEEN ASKED TO DISTRIBUTE — WE ARE DISTRIBUTING PPE INITIALLY TO HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS. WE NEED TO PROTECT THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES, AND FIRST RESPONDERS AND THOSE IN THE HOSPITALS. DR. SHAH AS THE GOVERNOR NOTED, THE PLEXIGLAS RECOMMENDATION FOR LARGE RETAIL ESTABLISHMENTS BETWEEN THE CUSTOMER SERVICE PERSON AND THE EMPLOYEE, ALTHOUGH MASKS CAN BE EFFECTIVE IN DIFFERENT SETTINGS, PLEXIGLAS IS A THICK PIECE OF GLASS, THAT WOULD BE AN EFFECTIVE BARRIER IN THE SITUATION. I CONCUR WITH THE GOVERNOR THAT THAT IS A REAL BARRIER THAT WILL BE HELPFUL. GOV. MILLS HI, DAVID. DAVID? >> WE WILL COME BACK TO DAVID. GOING NEXT TO STEVE. >> THANK YOU. HOW MUCH OF THIS ORDER WAS DRIVEN BY THE FACT THAT IT SEEMS TO DOUBLE NOT ONLY AS A REASON TO STAY HOME BUT AS A DETERRENT FOR OUT-OF-STATE VISITORS WHO MIGHT THINK THEY COULD FLEE THE VIRUS HERE? GOV. MILLS: I THINK THE ORDER SPEAKS FOR ITSELF IN THAT REGARD. TO A LARGE EXTENT, A LOT OF THIS IS ADDRESSING STORES WHERE PEOPLE MIGHT CONGREGATE. IT IS BASICALLY PROTECTING PEOPLE AGAINST PERSONAL CONTACT, AVOIDING PERSONAL CONTACT, RESPECTING PHYSICAL DISTANCES, — AS YOU KNOW FROM WATCHING THE NEWS, IT IS THE SINGLE THING THAT WILL PREVENT THE SPREAD OF THIS VIRUS, FLATTEN THE CURVE, AND THAT WILL PREVENT THE SEARCH THAT WE ALL WANT TO AVOID IT IS PREVENTING PHYSICAL CONTACT. IN TERMS OF TRAVEL, WHAT WE ARE SEEING IS PEOPLE SHOULD NOT TRAVEL PERIOD, WHETHER THEY ARE FROM MAINE OR ANOTHER STATE. >> DID YOU HAVE A FOLLOW-UP? >> M QUESTION WAS SPECIFIC TO THE IDEA THAT IT WOULD BE A DETERRENT TO PEOPLE WHO MIGHT THINK THEY COULD COME HERE — WAS THAT SPECIFICALLY RELATED TO THIS? GOV. MILLS: WE ARE DISCOURAGING PEOPLE COMING HERE FROM OTHER STATES AND DISCOURAGING PEOPLE RETURNING HERE FROM OTHER STATES. THERE MIGHT BE PEOPLE IN FLORIDA WHO WANT TO COME BACK, WE ARE ASKING THEM TO STAY PUT BECAUSE IT IS THE SAFEST THING FOR THEM TO DO FOR THEMSELVES AND PEOPLE THEY MIGHT COME INTO CONTACT WITH HERE. >> THANK YOU. THIS ORDER WAS N SPURRED BY PEOPLE NOT OBSERVING — YOU MENTIONED YOU HAVE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH OTHER GOVERNORS THERE’D — OTHER GOVERNORS. CAN YOU EXPAND ON THAT? GOV. MILLS: THIS ORDER IS UNLIKE ANY ORDER FROM ANY OTHER STATE, HONESTLY. I HAVE REVIEWED ORDERS OF A VARIETY OF SORTS AND I HAVE SPOKEN TO OTHER GOVERNORS, PEOPLE I RESPECT A GREAT DEAL, LIKE GOVERNOR HOGAN IN MARYLAND, GOVERNOR SCOTT IN VERMONT. THEY HAVE DONE — THEY HAVE TAKEN VERY THOUGHTFUL MEASURES IN THEIR OWN STATES. THEY ARE EACH DIFFERENT FRO MAINE, DIFFERENT SCENARIOS, EVEN WITH RESPECT TO THE VIRUS. GOVERNOR HOGAN FOLLOWED THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AND THE GOVERNOR OF VIRGINIA WI COORDINATED ORDERS BECAUSE THOSE AFFECT THE METROPOLITAN POPULATION OF MORE THAN 15 MILLION PEOPLE. A POPULATION THAT ROUTINELY INTERACTS BETWEEN THOSE THREE COMMUNITIES. IT IS A DIFFERENT KIND OF ORDER THAT I AM ORDERING. IT IS DIFFERENT FROM VERMONT’S ORDER THAT IS THAT A FLAREUP IN ONE PARTICULAR LIVING SITUATION. IT IS DIFFERENT THAN MASSACHUSETTS ORDER. THIS ORDER IS GEARED TOWARD THE NEEDS OF MAINE, THE STATE OF MAINE AND MAINE PEOPLE. THERE IS NOTHING NORMAL ABOUT ANY OF THIS. WE CRAFTED THIS ORDER, MY OFFICE AND I, TRYING TO THINK ABOUT HOW WE TAILOR THIS TO THE BUSINESSES MAINE, THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN MAINE, THE VARIO COMMUNITIES, WE DON’T HAVE A CITY OF OVER 100,000 PEOPLE. WE HAVE A DISPERSED POPULATION. SPRING HAS COME, PEOPLE WANT TO GET OUTSIDE, THEY WANT TO GO TO THE BEACH. THEY WANT TO GO FOR HIKES. IT JUST REINFORCES WHAT SHOULD HAPPEN AND WHAT CANNOT HAPPEN IN ORDER TO PREVENT THIS VIRUS FRO SPREADING IN OUR COMMUNITIES. >> KEVIN, DO YOU HAVE ANY FOLLOW-UPS? >> THE QUESTION ABOUT ENFORCEMENT. CAN YOU ELABORATE ANYMORE ON THAT TITLE 37B? ALSO, ON THE OUT-OF-STATE RESIDENTS, SOME STATES ARE ALLOWING TROOPERS TO PULL OVER FOLKS WITH OUT-OF-STATE PLATES AND CHECK IN WHAT THEY ARE DOING. IS THAT SOMETHING YOU ARE ENVISIONING? GOV. MILLS: I AM NOT ORDERING SUCH A MOVE, I AM NOT ORDERING THAT WE LIVE IN A POLICE STATE. THE PROVISIONS OF TIT 37B CAN BE ENFORCED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT AS NECESSARY. VIOLATIONS OF CRIMES ARE SUBJECT TO SIX MONTHS IN JAIL AND A $1000 FINE. >> CLAY, DO YOU HAVE ANY FOLLOW-UPS? TO THE PERSON HAMMERING A NAIL, YOUR LINE IS OPEN. KATE, ANY FOLLOW-UPS? >> YES, THANK YOU. CAN YOU TALK ABO NONESSENTIAL LODGING IN THE STATE? DOES THIS AFFECT THAT AT ALL? GOV. MILLS: I BELIEVE IT DOES NOT. WHAT WE SAY IN THI ORDER, BECAUSE IT IS STATE ISSUED, PREEMPTS — I WILL USE THE LANGUAGE. THE ORDER PREEMPTS ANY LOCAL ORDINANCE OR EMERGEN ORDER OF THE SAME SUBJECT MATTER THAT IS LESS RESTRICTIVE OR OTHERWISE INCONSISTENT WITH THIS ORDER. I WOULD NOT READ THOSE ORDINANCES OR THOSE TO BE INCONSISTENT WITH THIS ORDER. >> DAVID, ANY FOLLOW-UPS? DAVID, ANY FOLLOW-UPS ON YOUR END? OK. I THINK THAT IS IT. GOV. MILLS: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I HOPE I HAVE ANSWERED — THESE ARE NOT ORDINARY TIMES. NOTHING FEELS RIGHT ABOUT DOING THIS, NOTHING FEELS NORMAL ABOUT DOING THIS. WHO IS ON THE PHONE? I DON’T THINK ANY OF THE GOVERNORS I HAVE SPOKEN WITH OR DEALT WITH EVER EXPECTED TO TAKE THESE KIND OF MEASURES WHEN THEY RAN FOR GOVERNOR, WHEN THEY BECAME GOVERNOR. NO ONE ANTICIPATED THIS KIND OF MEASURE. I BEGGED THE PEOPLE OF MAINE TO BE PATIENT, TO BE TOLERANT, TO ACT WITH KINDNESS, COMPASSION AND HUMANITY TOWARD YOUR NEIGHBORS, FAMILY, FRIENDS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS ACROSS THE STATE AS WE ENGAGE IN THI
Gov. Mills issues stay-at-home order for Maine
Gov. Janet Mills has issued a stay-at-home order for the state of Maine.The order, which requires that Mainers must remain at home unless they need to leave for an essential job or essential activity, goes into effect at midnight on April 2 and lasts until April 30.Tap here to read the governor’s order.Several cities and towns in Maine have previously issued their own stay-at-home orders, including Portland, South Portland and Brunswick.Definitions of essential businesses and activities remain the same from her March 24 executive order.Mills is also prohibiting all use of public transportation unless it is needed to go to an essential job. Dine-in services at restaurants is prohibited until at least April 30 under the executive order.The executive order also requires Maine schools to continue remote learning until at least May 1. Previously, Maine schools had planned on being closed until April 27.Mills is urging anyone who come to Maine from another state, or those returning to Maine while visiting other places, to self-quarantine for 14 days.When asked what prompted her to issue this order, the governor said she decided to do so after a phone call with the 49 other governors as well as the president and vice president earlier this week. Essential businesses include but are not limited to: food processing, agriculture, industrial manufacturing, construction, trash collection, grocery and household goods (including convenience stores), home repair, hardware, auto repair, pharmacy and other medical facilities, biomedical, behavioral health and health care providers, child care, post offices and shipping outlets, insurance, banks, gas stations, laundromats, veterinary clinics, animal feed and supply stores, shipping stores, public transportation, and hotel and commercial lodging.The governor’s order also mandates that people continue to practice social distancing.
Gov. Janet Mills has issued a stay-at-home order for the state of Maine.
The order, which requires that Mainers must remain at home unless they need to leave for an essential job or essential activity, goes into effect at midnight on April 2 and lasts until April 30.
Several cities and towns in Maine have previously issued their own stay-at-home orders, including Portland, South Portland and Brunswick.
Definitions of essential businesses and activities remain the same from her March 24 executive order.
Mills is also prohibiting all use of public transportation unless it is needed to go to an essential job.
Dine-in services at restaurants is prohibited until at least April 30 under the executive order.
The executive order also requires Maine schools to continue remote learning until at least May 1. Previously, Maine schools had planned on being closed until April 27.
Mills is urging anyone who come to Maine from another state, or those returning to Maine while visiting other places, to self-quarantine for 14 days.
When asked what prompted her to issue this order, the governor said she decided to do so after a phone call with the 49 other governors as well as the president and vice president earlier this week.
Essential businesses include but are not limited to: food processing, agriculture, industrial manufacturing, construction, trash collection, grocery and household goods (including convenience stores), home repair, hardware, auto repair, pharmacy and other medical facilities, biomedical, behavioral health and health care providers, child care, post offices and shipping outlets, insurance, banks, gas stations, laundromats, veterinary clinics, animal feed and supply stores, shipping stores, public transportation, and hotel and commercial lodging.
The governor’s order also mandates that people continue to practice social distancing.