Maine’s State of Civil Emergency has been extended through April 15. The decision to extend the emergency is in line with nearly every other state that has an ongoing emergency declaration, according to the National Governors Association.

In a news release, Gov. Janet Mills said, “We are in a race between vaccinations and variants. And with more than a quarter of all Maine people now having received their first dose, we are making good progress. But we have got to keep our foot on the gas to get more people vaccinated, to keep people alive and healthy and to get us back to normal sooner. 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.”

A State of Civil Emergency allows Maine to deploy all available tools to respond to and contain COVID-19. This is the 13th extension of the State of Civil Emergency. Under Maine law, proclamations of civil emergencies may be issued in 30-day increments.