Announcing the City of Portland Reopening Plan as follows
Immediate (Following all CDC Guidelines)
- Phased increase of workforce at City Hall with existing staﬀ as appropriate to continue critical operations and prepare for our phased reopening. City Hall and City buildings will remain closed to the public until June 22 (date subject to change), but we are working on a plan to open Room 24 of City Hall so the public can access City staff for certain transactions, like vehicle registration, that cannot be done remotely. We will continue to assist with transactions remotely as well.
- Summer Camp Our Recreation Department is currently planning the logistics and possibility of holding summer camps this year, albeit in a much different format. The current thought is that we would host camps in July and August utilizing up to five different sites. Each site would have a cap of 45 children in order to allow for greater social distancing and adhere to State guidelines of gatherings of less than 50 people. The Rec Department is waiting for the State to issue their summer camp checklist, and then they will announce final details.
- Property tax payments have been delayed until June 1. Revaluation notices, scheduled for May, have also been delayed. We will announce a new date as soon as we have more information. The Portland Senior Tax Equity Program (P-STEP) is still available and accepting applications through June 15, 2020.
- Thanks to American Roots and Sea Bags, we were able to outfit our employees with cloth masks in order to keep them and the public safe while they work.
- Tennis and Pickleball courts reopened on May 15 with proper precautions.
- The Portland Rowing Club moved singles and doubles to East End Beach for club use on May 15.
- Open City Hall to staff only. Staff will be required to wear masks while traveling through the building. Plexiglass barriers have been installed in our Treasury Office to protect staff and the public. Staff will also return to other City buildings. At this time, we expect to reopen to the public on June 22.
- Basketball and volleyball courts will reopen.
- Street Closures & Expanded Outdoor Dining & Retail Begins. Visit www.portlandmaine.gov/COVID19 for more details.
- Athletic Fields will reopen on July 1.
- Playgrounds will reopen on July 1.
- Summer Day Camp starts July 6. (tentative)
- State Primary Election & School Budget Validation Referendum. This election has been moved to July 14, 2020. The same period which voters can request absentee ballots has been extended. We are encouraging everyone to vote absentee to help protect the health and safety of all. This is not a mandate, but an urgent request. Many of the people who work at elections are in the high-risk category, and while we don’t know what the virus will look like on Election Day, making this commitment now to vote absentee will help keep the community healthy. You can request an absentee ballot online, by mail or by phone and the City Clerk will mail your ballot to you to complete and mail back. You can contact the City Clerk’s Office at 207-874-8610 for more information.
Read the Mayor & City Manager's Letter to Portland Citizens & Businesses Recapping COVID-19 Response and Outlining Reopening Plans.