COVID19 - Business Info

City of Lewiston Staff Contacts (513-3126):

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

COVID-19 Business Prevention Checklists (multiple languages)

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 - DEADLINE JULY 1, 2020, FOR FIRST INSTALLMENTS.

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