The City of South Portland is following all State Laws & Executive Orders issued by Governor Janet Mills. For information on the Governor of Maine's Executive Orders: https://www.maine.gov/governor/mills/official_documents
City of South Portland's Current Status & Active Executive Orders:
Effective March 24, 2020: Mayor Lewis Declares State of Civil Emergency in the City of South Portland (in effect until cancelled)
- Effective March 16, 2020, all Boards & Committee meetings, including Council Meetings, are cancelled through March 30 and are temporarily suspended from meeting in person. After March 30, committees may choose to meet remotely and these meetings are open to the public via remote access. Please look at Committee agendas for meeting information (posted on the home page under "Agendas & Minutes"). In accordance with current State regulation, public meetings may continue to meet remotely until 30 days after the expiration of the Governor's Civil Emergency Declaration.
Rescinded Executive Orders:
Updated: March 10, 2021
Effective March 27, 2020 at 12:00pm noon: City Manager's Emergency Regulations for the City of South Portland | FAQ’s | Press Release | Fully Rescinded March 10, 2021
- The City Manager has rescinded Section 4. Restriction on Visitors to Senior Care Facilities (Effective March 10, 2021)
- The City Manager has rescinded Section 5., the emergency regulation that prohibits the use of re-usable bags at grocery and other retail stores (Effective July 22, 2020)
- City Manager Rescinds Section 3. Use of City Parks & Playground Restrictions (Effective June 22, 2020)
- City Manager Rescinds Section 2. Stay at Home Emergency Regulation & Amends Section 4. Restriction on Visitors to Senior Care Facilities (Effective June 10, 2020)
Issued April 2, 2020: City Manager STR & Self Quarantine Emergency Regulations | Press Release | FAQ's
Amended April 6, 2020: City Manager's AMENDED STR & Self Quarantine Emergency Regulations
- These changes include:
- Including the placement of children in an emergency situation into an STR as one of the five allowed uses.
- Added a sixth allowed use of an STR: to house a person arriving in the state for the purpose of engaging in an essential business/operation (this is allowed by the Governor’s order). Example: a contractor here from D.C. to fix a piece of equipment at BIW needs a place to stay. They can do so at a South Portland STR.
- Exempting from self-quarantining those who arrive in Maine for the purpose of engaging in an essential business/operation.
- These individuals can ONLY travel to/from the essential worksite for which they are here. They must otherwise quarantine themselves.
- City Manager Rescinds Emergency Regulations on Short-Term Rentals and Self-Quarantine for Out of State Visitors (Effective June 12, 2020)
Effective April 15, 2020: City Manager's Emergency Regulations Requiring Leashed Dogs | Press Release
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person or possibly by contact with a surface or object that has the virus on it, and then touching one’s mouth, nose, or possibly eyes. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel (never-before seen) coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. The virus has since spread to several countries including the United States, with a number of cases reported in every state, including Maine.
For the past several weeks, City of South Portland officials have been working with organizational partners, including Cumberland County, South Portland Schools, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (ME CDC), and others to monitor and take the necessary steps to prepare for COVID-19.
Continuity of City operations is a priority of the City’s All Hazards Emergency Plan so that the public can continue to be served in the time of a crisis, whether it’s a response from our firefighter/paramedics, police, trash collection services, or providing critical information to residents and visitors, etc.
South Portland residents are encouraged to take three main steps. The first is to be informed. The latest information can be found from the Maine CDC and U.S. CDC. The second step is to reduce your risk of getting/spreading the COVID-19 virus. This includes taking precautionary measures like a person would for cold and the flu. Examples include staying home when you are sick, covering your cough and sneeze (into your arm), and practicing good hand washing with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds. Finally, heed the advice of state and national officials and avoid gatherings of 10 or more people, maintain 6 feet of distance from others, and practice other social distancing techniques.
Residents and visitors to South Portland can stay informed via the following methods:
- This page on our website;
- Follow us on Facebook and Twitter;
- Sign up for phone, text, and/or email alerts via the City’s CodeRED service (aka Reverse 9-1-1). You can also download the CodeRED mobile app for your phone; and
- Stay tuned to local TV and print media for local, state, and national news regarding COVID-19.
The City offers many services that can be done online or over the phone. If you are not feeling well, please do not enter public buildings and consider taking advantage of the online services or giving us a call. For general inquiries, please call us at (207) 767-3201.
Finance Department - 767-7612
- Look-up Bills and Pay Parking Tickets, Personal Property Taxes, Real Estate Taxes, and more
- Renew Vehicle & Trailer Registration
- Renew Boat Registration
- ATV/Snowmobile Registration
- Property Tax Assistance Program
Assessor - 767-7604
City Clerk - 767-3201
- Request Absentee Ballot
- License your Dog
- Request Vital Record (Marriage, Birth, Death Record)
- Obtain Hunting & Fishing License
- Register or Renew Short-Term Rental
- Business License Applications
- Event Applications
Code Enforcement - 767-7603
Fire/EMS Department - 799-3314 (Non-Emergency)
- Request Fire Permits
- For information regarding COVID-19, contact 207-799-3314 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Social Services/GA - 767-7617
Library - 767-7660
- Access to Catalog, Request Items, Place Holds, Ask Questions via "Contact Us" page
- Online Research & Information Databases
Police Department - 874-8575 (Non-Emergency)
- File a Report Online (Non-Emergency)
- Report a Tip: email@example.com
- Obtain a Crash Report
- Forms & Applications
Public Works - 767-7635
- Report Trash/Recycling Issue
- Request Trash/Recycling Bin
- Report Broken Streetlight
- Report a Pothole
- Request a Crosswalk
- Report issue with Street or Sidewalk
Parks & Recreation - 767-7650
Planning Department - 767-7603
- Planning Board Agendas & Minutes
- Planning Board Applications
- GIS - Online Interactive Map of the City
Water Resource Protection - 767-7675
The City of South Portland will continue to work closely with other agencies to provide additional updates and information as it is available and applicable.
For more information, please contact EMA Director/Fire Chief James Wilson at 207-799-3314 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- What you need to know about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- Share Fact Sheet
- The Role of the CDC
- Stop the Spread of Germs
- What to do if you become ill
- Approved Cleaning Supplies
- Memo from City Manager Morelli to All City Employees (3/11/20)
- Press Release from City Manager Morelli (3/13/20)
- Press Release from Mayor Lewis (3/16/20)
- Letter from Superintendent Ken Kunin to Families & Students
For more information:
- Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention (Maine CDC)
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control
- US CDC Guidance for Older Adults
- 2-1-1 Maine
- National Institutes of Health
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- WHO Myth Busters Page
Below are are several videos explaining general CDC information and specific State of Maine guidelines regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in these languages: