“People are really afraid. They are hunkered down,” said an employee of a Portland convenience store this afternoon where business had been poor. “At least our beer sales will go up with the bars closed,” she added. Parking was plentiful on Exchange and Commercial Streets – streets that are normally difficult to find parking on. Portland is like a ghost town.
How much revenue will the city lose because of a lack of parking tickets issued by the Parking Police on Exchange Street?
Although they had planned on staying open through this pandemic, an employee of Longfellow Books said they were reassessing that. They might close the door, although they will be working inside.
Many restaurants and bars in the area were already closed – in compliance with Governor Mills’ Executive Order that required them to shut down as of this evening at 6:00 pm for fourteen days.
Hannaford Brothers, Forest Avenue, received a large shipment of paper towels. One per customer – no hoarding! No toilet paper was seen by this blogger.
The bread and rolls shelf was empty and the cleaning supplies seriously depleted.