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TEST Portland Councilors Agree To Ease Some COVID-19 Restrictions On Business

Virus Outbreak Maine
AP
Updated: April 21, 2020 at 10:00 AM EDT
This happened at 10 a.m.

Portland City unanimously agreed Monday to temporarily ease some restrictions on businesses deemed to be non-essential under the city's COVID-19 stay-at-home order.

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On Friday the city issued a press release indicating that IT would permit non-essential business activity such as shipping, no-contact delivery

and curbside pick-up in order to fulfill online and phone orders until the City Council makes changes to the Stay at Home Order.

During an emergency workshop,
Mayor Kate Snyder said the action was taken because there have been varying interpretations of what's allowed under the local emergency order. Several councilors acknowledged that while some businesses have been complying with city orders, others have not. Snyder says she continues to see the emergency order in terms of public health.

.{That being said. I don't think anyone of us has ever lost track of the impact that these actions that we're taking are having on our local economy, our national economy and our global economy, and I think they're impacting everybody.}

Councilors agreed to let the allowances continue until the current order expires MOND

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AY. During its regular meeting on Monday, the City Council will consider renewing the Stay at Home order.