COVID-19 Information

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LATEST NEWS:
 

  
  • August 5, 2021 - Cumberland County is now listed as having substantial community transmission of COVID-19. Given this, Mayor Kate Snyder and City Manager Jon Jennings are recommending that everyone wear masks when inside in public regardless of vaccination status, in accordance with U.S. and Maine CDC guidelines. As county community transmission levels are expected to change daily, the City is asking the public to remain aware of current recommendations by visiting the CDC’s site, reading/watching the news, following the requirements of private establishments, and when in doubt, masking up.
  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a new eviction moratorium that temporarily halts evictions in counties with heightened levels of community transmission through October 3, 2021. 
  • At the end of July, MaineHousing announced expanded eligibility for the ERA program, increasing both the potential number of Maine people who can receive help paying their rent and utilities and the number of months they may receive assistance. The following changes took effect at noon on Monday, August 2:  Updating one of the eligibility requirements from having financial difficulty because of the pandemic to during the pandemic; and Increasing the total number of months a household can receive assistance from 15 months to 18 months.
  • cdc extends eviction moratorium: The Biden administration announced on March 29 an extension of the federal eviction moratorium through June 30, 2021, and greater enforcement of the moratorium's protections.  To be eligible for the housing protection, renters must earn $198,000 annually or less for couples filing jointly, or $99,000 for single filers; demonstrate that they have sought government help to pay the rent; declare that they can't pay because of COVID-19 hardships; and affirm they are likely to become homeless if evicted. 
  • August 2, 2021 - City Hall Open for Limited In-Person Services
  • for covid-19 vaccination & testing info, visit staythecourse.me
  • starting may 10, Portland Public Health will be offering the COVID-19 vaccine at its 103 India Street location. the single dose Janssen vaccine from Johnson & Johnson is available. Please call 207-874-8982 to make an appointment. 
  • On May 3, 2021, the Portland City Council extended the City’s Emergency Proclamation to November 1, 2021. This action allows our outdoor dining/retail program to continue. 
  • April 27: Governor Mills has announced that face coverings in outdoor public settings are no longer required, following the delivery of updated public health guidance from U.S. CDC.
  • Traveler and visitor information:  Click here to read the latest guidance.
  • Beginning March 2, Northern Light Mercy Hospital in partnership with the City of Portland and State of Maine, will begin offering community vaccinations to those eligible at the James A. Banks Portland Expo. All ages are now eligible and walk-ins are allowed. 
  • Effective March 26, the limit for indoor gatherings is to 50 percent, and outdoor gatherings 75 percent. 
  • Effective May 24, the limit for indoor gatherings will increase to 75 percent, and outdoor gatherings to 100 percent.
  • For more information on capacity limits and business operations, click here. 
  • COVID-19 Vaccination in Maine - Find out all you need to know about getting the vaccine. 
  • CDC guidance regarding activities for those fully vaccinated
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