COVID19 - Business Info

1/28/21 UPDATE FROM GOVERNOR MILLS - Starting February 1, 2021, Early Closing Time for Businesses Ends

December 11, 2020 - Governor Mandates Masks for Entry Into Establishments

December 4, 2020 - Governor Mills Extends Early Closing Time for Establishments - 9 p.m.

RELAUNCH & RECOVERY RESOURCE - Small Business Development Centers

Maine Tourism, Hospitality, & Retail Recovery Grants - Maine Economic & Community Development

November 4, 2020 Governor Janet Mills Executive Order to Revise Indoor Gathering Limits, Strengthen Face Covering Requirements and Delegate Certain Authority

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September 2020 - LA Metro Region Colorful Face Covering Campaign:  The business community of the LA region has launched a colorful campaign highlighting the importance of wearing face coverings to ensure customers and employees feel safe and the area's businesses stay open. The clear messaging and bright personas were developed by LA Metro Chamber of Commerce Director of Marketing and Communications Meredith Carson to promote a healthy, protected, all-inclusive, local economy. “Months ago, people were ready to do anything to support local businesses and keep them open. Today, the request from these same businesses is simple - mask up and be kind. It keeps businesses open, customers coming in, and staff safe” says Shanna Cox, President + CEO of the LA Metro Chamber of Commerce. 

City of Lewiston Staff Business Contacts (513-3126):

  • Director of Economic & Community Development Linc Jeffers, X3204
  • Economic Development Manager Misty Parker, X3230

COVID-19 Business Prevention Checklists (multiple languages)

October 2020 - Governor's Executive Order Regarding Re-opening Economy & Mask Wearing Strengthening

8/21/20 - Info on Newly Established DECD Economic Recovery Program for For-Profit & Non-Profit Businesses

8/1/20 Governor's Executive Order:  Outside Gatherings and Face Coverings for Children

7/27/20 Maine Labor Laws Info

7/8/20 Executive Order from Governor Mills - Masking

6/8/20 Governor Mills Launches "Keep Maine Healthy" To Include Increased Testing

6/3/20 Announcement of Lewiston Pandemic Emergency Loan Program for Small Businesses. The program is to provide emergency funding to small for-profit and non-profit businesses in Lewiston that have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic; that are working to restore normal business operations; and that may not be able to easily qualify for business assistance loans and grants available through the City’s Community Development Block Grant Program, including those established through Federal CARES Act funding.  APPLICATION HERE 

5/28/20 PRESS RELEASE - Lewiston Providing Support for Outside Use to Local Businesses

SPECIAL NOTE FOR RESTAURANTS - Operations Checklist (5/27/20)

  • Per the Maine Department of Economic & Community Development, the total number of people at any one time should be no more than 50 people per room and each party must be 6 feet apart from other parties. This also applies to outdoor seating areas UNLESS the restaurant has two (2) distinctly separate outdoor eating areas; for example, one in the back of a building and one in the front.  There also needs to be a back-up plan for outdoor seating that adheres to physical distance requirements in case of inclement weather.
  • Per Lewiston Code of Ordinances, any business holding a valid city food service establishment business license issued by the City of Lewiston is permitted to place tables, chairs, and benches on or above any city sidewalk or public way (not used for vehicular traffic) and must comply with specific conditions found in section in Section 66-36.

BUSINESS SUPPORTS - Direct Page to All Information

5/28/20 Mayoral Statement re: Support to Local Business

4//29/20 A Message to Local Businesses from Mayor Mark Cayer

4/23/20 Lewiston Announces Emergency Income Assistance for Lewiston Small Business Community

Business Supports

Business Loan Assistance

Paycheck Protection Program

Small Business Guide to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

Community Concepts Business Hardship Loan

LA ADAPTS - Businesses Offering Services in New Ways

LA Metro Chamber of Commerce

Maine Development Foundation