COVID19 - Business Info
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
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
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.