Gov. Janet Mills recently extended the State of Civil Emergency through January 20. The decision to extend the emergency is in line with nearly every other state in the U.S. with ongoing emergency declarations, according to the National Governors Association.

A state of civil emergency allows Maine to deploy all available tools to respond to and contain COVID-19. This is the governor’s 10th extension of the state of civil emergency. Under Maine law, proclamations of civil emergencies may be issued in 30-day increments.