The vote, which passed unanimously, extends the five-day stay-at-home order that began at 5 p.m. Wednesday. A five-day order was the maximum allowed under a state of emergency according to the City Charter.
“I think we all need to function as if we have the virus,” City Manager Jon Jennings said after calling for the shutdown last week.
Per the order, Portland residents may only leave their homes to access essential services from grocery stores, pharmacies and a small list of other essential businesses during that time. Outdoor exercise and dog walking is permitted, though city officials recommend that people who do not live together maintain a distance of 6 feet.