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Coronavirus Pandemic: Emergency Response Laws in Maine

Executive Actions

Court Actions

Emergency Orders

See the SJC (Law Court) COVID-19 alerts website for updates. Contact a librarian for a copy of any superseded order which results in an link error.

  • June 5, 2020: The Supreme Judicial Court issued a revision to PMO-SJC-2 to consolidate, clarify, correct, and ratify earlier emergency orders, including the administration of oaths at depositions conducted remotely via audio-video communication equipment and other matters.
  • June 4, 2020: The Supreme Judicial Court issued a revision to PMO-SJC-4 to allow for the refund of fees paid to the Maine Board of Bar Examiners for the cancelled July examination dates under certain circumstances.
  • May 28, 2020: The Supreme Judicial Court issued a revision to PMO-SJC-1 to incorporate the State of Maine Judicial Branch COVID-19 Phased Management Plan.
  • May 20, 2020: The Supreme Judicial Court issued a revision to PMO-SJC-2, providing additional clarity on the 49-day extension of due dates.
  • May 13, 2020: The Supreme Judicial Court issued revisions to two Pandemic Management Orders. The revised orders replace and supersede previous orders.
    • PMO-SJC-1: This revised order corrects errors in the previous order.
    • PMO-SJC-2: This revised order  provides that the provision creating the 49 day extension of due dates will not apply to due dates that occur after June 1.
  • May 5, 2020: The Supreme Judicial Court and Trial Courts issued revisions to three Pandemic Management Orders. The revised orders replace and supersede previous orders:

Legislative Actions

Emergency Rulemaking

Implements temporary changes to various sections of the MaineCare Benefits Manual (MBM) in order to expedite and improve access to medical care for MaineCare members in light of the substantial public health threat posed by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Department shall seek and anticipates receiving approval of those changes from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) retroactive to March 18, 2020.

To expedite and improve access to medical care for MaineCare members due to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) this rule removes the MaineCare Benefits Manual (MBM), Ch. I Section 4, “Telehealth Services”, blanket prohibition against providers utilizing telehealth to deliver services under the MBM, Ch. II Section 80, Pharmacy Services.

  • Proposed Rule #2020-P076;  [West 2020 ME REG TEXT 550767 (NS)](Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry)

Authorizing the April 23 hearing regarding milk prices to be held remotely by telephonic conference due to COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • 2020-059 (Emergency) 32.03, Elver Harvesting Regulations Area Closures Maine Rulemaking Notice [West
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Emergency closure of the coastal waters of the state to the fishing for or taking of elvers to protect public health as authorized by 12 MRS §6171-A. Effection March 29, 2020.

During any state of civil emergency declared by the Governor related to the COVID-19 virus, no pharmacist will be required to be physically present to prepare drugs for delivery, provided that such drugs are prepared by either an advanced practice registered nurse, a registered professional nurse, or a licensed practical nurse who is: 1) licensed by the State Board of Nursing; 2) licensed by the board as a pharmacy technician; and 3) explicitly designated by the pharmacist in charge to prepare drugs in the absence of a pharmacist.
April 4, 2020

Agency Actions

Guidance