Effective February 23, 2022, the City-wide indoor mask mandate has expired.   While the mask requirement has been lifted, the City strongly recommends masking indoors regardless of vaccination status. On a related note, the City Manager has also rescinded the mask mandate for municipal buildings and facilities, effective Thursday, February 24. Masks are strongly encouraged, however, and will be provided to those staff and/or visitors who request one.

Public meetings are recommended to continue remotely (via Zoom).


Rescinded City Executive Orders (History):

Indoor Mask Mandate (January 24, 2022)

Effective March 24, 2020:  Mayor Lewis Declares State of Civil Emergency in the City of South Portland (rescinded June 30, 2021)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2020 at 12:00pm noon: City Manager's Emergency Regulations for the City of South Portland | FAQ’s Press Release | Fully Rescinded March 10, 2021

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.

Effective April 15, 2020:  City Manager's Emergency Regulations Requiring Leashed Dogs | Press Release

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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.



Online Services
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

Assessor - 767-7604

City Clerk - 767-3201

Code Enforcement - 767-7603

Fire/EMS Department - 799-3314 (Non-Emergency)

Social Services/GA - 767-7617

Library - 767-7660

Police Department - 874-8575 (Non-Emergency)

Public Works - 767-7635

Parks & Recreation - 767-7650

Planning Department - 767-7603

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 jwilson@southportland.org.


Related Documents

For more information: 

Below are are several videos explaining general CDC information and specific State of Maine guidelines regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in these languages: