In this June 1, 2020, file photo, Maisie Colby, a server, and Curtis Campbell, the owner of Mash Tun, prepare for dinner service outside the Wharf Street restaurant. Credit: Nick Schroeder / BDN

The Portland City Council has decided to continue a pandemic rule to allow outdoor dining and retail in place until at least the fall.

Portland is looking to end a local emergency declaration about the pandemic on July 29. That would also end additional powers given to the city manager that can restrict public gatherings.

But street closures that allow businesses to expand outdoor dining and retail options will continue until November, the Portland Press Herald reported. The council voted on Monday that a designation allowing restaurants to operate on public ways without additional fees will continue until Nov. 1.

A statewide emergency declaration about the pandemic ended in June. Maine has had a lower burden of coronavirus cases than many other states, though cases have increased somewhat in recent days.