Maine Gov. Janet Mills signed an executive order extending protection for renters, while the state's positivity rate drops below 1%.
As the Maine Supreme Judicial Court plans to reopen courts next week, "the risk right now is, in the coming months, there will be eviction proceedings" Mills said today.
Rental assistance will be extended and provided to qualifying families for up to three months, Mills said.
"I'm very concerned that Maine people may be facing a housing cliff" with federal unemployment benefits possibly being reduced, Mills said.
"The best thing we can do for our economic health, is protect our public health," the governor added.
Some context: Maine's seven day positivity average is currently 0.95%, nationwide positivity stands at 8%, said Dr. Nirav Shah, director for Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention.