On March 31, 2020, Governor Janet Mills issued an Executive Order requiring all Maine residents to stay at their homes except to conduct or participate in an “Essential Activity,” as defined in the Order, or to work at “Essential Businesses and Operations” as defined in a previous Executive Orders 19 FY 19 and 19 FY 20. The Order extends from April 2 through April 20, 2020.
On March 24, 2020, Governor Janet Mills issued an Executive Order requiring all “non-essential” businesses and operations to “cease activities at sites that are public facing and thereby allow customer, vendor or other in-person contact; or are at sites that require more than 10 workers to convene in space where social distancing is not possible.”
Effective March 17, “49 calendar days are added to any unexpired deadline established by court order or court rules” with certain exceptions. Statutes of limitation are not extended, suspended or tolled. A copy of the order is available at https://www.courts.maine.gov/covid19/emergency-order-extending-deadline.pdf.
All foreclosures, small claims cases and actions to recover personal property will not be heard, continuing through May 1. A copy of the order is available here.
Further information concerning Maine courts is available at https://www.courts.maine.gov/covid19.shtml.