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Posted on: January 5, 2022

City Ready to Distribute Mask Supplies for Small Businesses

Mask Mandate News

Today, the City of Portland’s mask mandate ordinance went into effect. People (ages 2+) must wear masks when inside public places in Portland. Businesses that require proof of vaccination of everyone on premises do not need to require masks be worn. Businesses must post "masks required" signs that are visible to the public as of January 10. The City Council will review this ordinance every 30 days to determine whether or not it stays in effect.  

City staff has ordered surgical masks to distribute to local businesses who need them for when members of the public show up without one. Masks will be available to pick up at City Hall, via the Myrtle Street entrance, on Thursday, January 6 between 9:30 AM and 3:00 PM, as well as on Tuesday, January 11 at the same location and time. Window decals will not be available during the January 6 distribution, but will be available for the January 11 distribution. On Wednesday, January 12, from 10 AM - 4 PM, Public Health staff will host a pop-up at 39 Forest Avenue in which they will have mask supplies and window decals as well as offering vaccines and boosters available with no appointment. People can also call 207-874-8982 to make an appointment if they prefer. 


The City has also updated its posters and signage, and businesses are able to download digital versions from the staythecourse.me website.

Lastly, a Frequently Asked Questions document regarding the mask mandate ordinance has been added to the City’s website and can be found by visiting www.portlandmaine.gov/maskmandate

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