© 2021 Maine Public
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Portland Declares City Emergency, Announces Mandated Curfew


The city of Portland is "strongly recommending" that all restaurants close to dine-in customers, or dramatically limit the number of customers, and provide takeout or delivery options only for the foreseeable future, in an effort to stop the spread of the new coronavirus.

City Manager Jon Jennings also announced that the city is instituting a mandated curfew for “establishments where groups gather,” such as restaurants and fitness centers, from 6:00 a.m. Tuesday until 2:00 a.m. the following day (March 17-18), and then a daily curfew from 8:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

"We're also strongly recommending all restaurants close to dining customers or dramatically limit the number of customers and provide take out or delivery options only for the foreseeable future," says Jennings.

Tuesday’s all day curfew is intended to curb St. Patrick’s Day events and festivities, but officials say take-out and delivery of food is still permitted.

"This is a time of shared sacrifice for all of us, and we must be willing to alter our daily lives for now, and I do stress, for now," Jennings says.