COVID-19 Information

the information on this page is updated frequently. please check back often for updates. 

LATEST NEWS:
 

  
  • 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. 
  • 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

CITY HALL SERVICES


  • We are currently conducting limited in-person transactions at City Hall.
  • NO-TOUCH TEMPERATURES ARE BEING TAKEN FOR ANYONE COMING INTO CITY HALL. ANYONE WITH A TREASURY APPOINTMENT SHOULD USE THE MAIN CONGRESS STREET ENTRANCE. WE ASK THAT YOU PLEASE NOT ARRIVE UNTIL IT IS TIME FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT.
  • COVID-19 health screening questions will be asked before entry is permitted. 
  • City Clerk’s Office - working out of Room 24 of City Hall accessible via the Myrtle Street entrance - Walk in service for birth, death, and marriage certificates/licenses as well as voting and elections information, and dog, hunting, and fishing licenses.  
  • Treasury Office - For auto and boat registration -- By appointment only. To make an appointment, click here. Due to high demand, appointments are currently being booked out a month in advance. Please check back often as we work to release more available times. Auto renewals can still be processed online.
  • Parking Office - Offering walk-in service to pay parking tickets and obtain residential permit stickers, the Parking Office can be accessed via the Myrtle Street entrance to City Hall.

    to contact the city of portland's local health officer:
    Bridget Rauscher, portland public health. 

    FOR UPDATES ABOUT COVID-19:

Have used their best efforts to obtain government assistance for housing
if you need food:
Visit Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Contact 2-1-1 Maine
Visit Governor Janet Mills’ newsroom
Visit our Port of Portland website for cruise ship information
Wayside Food Programs has a list of community resources available, including food pantries and meals (breakfast & lunch) for youth up to age 18.
2-1-1 Maine has statewide information about food pantries, meal sites, senior dining sites, and more.
  1. Have used their best efforts to obtain government assistance for housing,
Have used their best efforts to obtain government assistance for housing,
Have used their best efforts to obtain government assistance for rent,

Portland Public Schools Food Resources: View site.

If you need to Report Fraud:
Please view the U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Maine's flyer.  

IF YOU NEED medical care:

 
Do you have symptoms of Coronavirus? Fever, difficulty breathing, tiredness, dry cough? 
Don't immediately go to the hospital. Call your primary care, Portland Public Health (207-874-8633), or 211. If you do not have a primary care physician, call Greater Portland Health: (207) 874-2141

Do you need mental health care?
Times like these are stressful and difficult, and there are resources you can turn to:
Maine Statewide Crisis Hotline: 1-888-568-1112 (Voice) or 711 (Maine Relay)
Mental Health Hotline (NAMI): 1-800-464-5767 (Press 1)

If You Have Questions for the Local Health Officer:

 
Contact Bridget Rauscher, Portland Public Health Department, 207-874-8634 or via email at bnevers@portlandmaine.gov. 

IF YOU ARE A SURVIVOR OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE...
Call the Domestic Violence Helpline: 1-866-834-HELP (4357)

IF YOU ARE 55+...
Visit the State of Maine site for all your resources.
For a list of grocery stores with special hours for seniors and those at-risk, go here. Please note that days/times are subject to change.

Portland Food Map is updating daily a listing of restaurants and other stores that are offering take out and delivery during this time. 

if you have questions about your job:
Unemployment, Family and Medical Leave (FMLA), or other info: 
Visit Maine Department of Labor (MDOL) website
Unemployment: www.reemployme.maine.gov or 1-877-594-5627
Labor Law Information (Bureau of Labor Standards): 207-623-7900

IF YOU own a small business:

 

If YOU OWN A HOUSE OR APARTMENT BUILDING:

 
Visit the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce's new Coronavirus Resource Page.
View this page to learn more about our COVID-19 Loan and Grant Programs.
The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) Small Business and Entrepreneurship Task Force is pleased to announce that individual business assistance is now available at no cost to small business owners. Specialists are available to assist small businesses with the development of real and actionable plans to help them survive during these uncertain times. Additionally, specialists will help owners navigate funding options at the federal, state and local level. Visit US Conference of Mayors Small Business Assistance During COVID-19 or call 855-876-5561.
If you are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19, the federal government is offering relief options to homeowners through the recently passed CARES Act. No federally-backed mortgages (FHA; Fannie Mae; Freddie Mac; etc.) can be foreclosed for 60 days as of March 18, 2020 and owners of 1-4 family homes impacted by coronavirus have the right to request forbearance on mortgage payments for 180 days plus the right to request one additional 180-day extension.

IF YOU ARE A TENANT:


Temporary halt in evictions


Effective September 4, 2020 the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an Agency Order prohibiting residential landlords nationwide from evicting certain tenants through December 31, 2020.  

This Order protects tenants who:

  • are unable to pay their full rent due to a substantial loss of income, loss of compensate hours of work, or extraordinary out-of pocket medical expenses,
  • are making their best efforts to make timely partial payments of rent, and
  • would be homeless, need to move into a homeless shelter, or have to move into a shared living setting if they were to be evicted.

  • In addition to the above requirements, one of the following financial criteria must apply. To qualify for protection, the tenant must:
    Expect to earn no more than $99,000 (individuals) or $198,000 (filing joint tax return) in 2020
    not have been required to report and income to the IRS in 2019, or
    have received an Economic Impact Payment (stimulus check) pursuant to Section 2201 of the CARES Act.

    At the end of this temporary halt on evictions on December 31, 2020, your housing provider may require payment in full for all payments not made prior to and during the temporary halt and failure to pay may make tenants subject to eviction pursuant to State and local laws.  You may also still be evicted for reasons other than not paying rent.    

    Tenants must complete a declaration under penalty of perjury that they meet the criteria above.
    You can complete the declaration HERE to satisfy this requirement.    

    Property owners with federally-backed mortgages (FHA; Fannie Mae; Freddie Mac; etc.) may not evict or initiate eviction of tenants (with limited income due to coronavirus) who live in properties with federally-backed mortgages within the property for nonpayment of rent for 120 days beginning on March 27, 2020. They are also unable to assess fees or penalties on any tenant for late payment of rent.  

    Find out if your multi-family property is covered under the federal moratoriums here. You may also contact Vvolent@portlandmaine.gov for confirmation.

    If you have questions about portland public schools:

    Visit their online information center
    Email: ppshelpline@portlandschools.org
    Call 1-207-874-8159 and leave a message with your question (English Press 1, Portuguese Press 2, French Press 3, Spanish Press 4,  Arabic Press 5, Somali Press 6)

    take-out, delivery food & grocery stores:


    • Portland Food Map is updating daily a listing of restaurants and other stores that are offering take out and delivery during this time. 
    • View Physical Distancing Guidance for Ordering, Pick-up and Delivery for Eating Establishments during COVID-19 here.
    • View Summary of Best Practices for Retail Food Stores, Restaurants, and Food Pick-Up/Delivery Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic here.

    IF YOU'd like to make a donation or volunteer your time:

    • Visit Maine Helps, a new resource for those looking for ways to lend a hand.
    • Support Local Businesses and Organizations with the Pay It Forward Maine Initiative. As Maine business owners and their employees weather this unprecedented pandemic, the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce has partnered with several organizations in our state to promote a campaign to support our community through collective action. 
    • Deliver Groceries for Portland Seniors: This is a temporary program for elderly residents who may have difficulty accessing food during the COVID-19 pandemic. To volunteer, contact Linda Weare at the Portland Office for Elder Affairs at 541-6620 or lsw@portlandmaine.gov.
  • View Physical Distancing Guidance for Ordering, Pick-up and Delivery for Eating Establishments during COVID-19 here.
  • View Summary of Best Practices for Retail Food Stores, Restaurants, and Food Pick-Up/Delivery Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic here.
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