On March 18, 2020, Maine Governor Janet T. Mills issued a sweeping, unconstitutional Executive Order in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rather than make recommendations for public health, the governor has gone to the despotic extremes of limiting public assembly and of exercising government control over private property.
The governor’s executive order falsely claims that Maine Statutes allow her to take authoritarian control over the freedoms of Maine residents. This action is in direct violation of the natural rights encoded in the United States Constitution and the Constitution of the State of Maine.
The order reads in part:
Effective 6 P.M. March 18, 2020 and until midnight of March 31, 2020:
A. Certain Gatherings. Gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited throughout the State. Gatherings subject to this Order are those that are primarily social, personal, and discretionary events other than employment. Such gatherings include, without limitation, community, civic, public, leisure, and faith-based events; social clubs; sporting events with spectators; concerts, conventions, fundraisers, parades, fairs, and festivals; and any similar event or activity in a venue such as an auditorium, stadium, arena, large conference room, meeting hall, theatre,
gymnasium, fitness center or private club.
B. Restaurants and Bars. All restaurants and bars shall close their dine-in facilities. Such businesses that offer carry-out, delivery, and drive-through food and beverage service may continue to do so but eating and drinking inside restaurants and bars is temporarily prohibited.