PORTLAND, Maine — Maine’s largest city will mandate a curfew at bars, restaurants and other gathering sites beginning on St. Patrick’s Day in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus in the county that has the most positive cases.
The curfew in Portland will go into effect as part of an emergency proclamation from 6 a.m. Tuesday until 2 a.m. the following day. A different curfew will go into effect daily from Wednesday through Saturday prohibiting gatherings from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Portland’s move was the strongest response by Maine city to the coronavirus pandemic so far. Maine has announced 17 likely cases of the virus in total since Thursday, with the Maine Center of Disease Control and Prevention saying 13 of them are in Cumberland County.
“This is in light of the need to practice social distancing in order to lessen community spread and flatten out the curve for COVID-19, the global pandemic,” City Manager Jon Jennings told reporters Monday.