Resources for Industry and Individuals Regarding COVID-19
This page was last updated on April 3, 2020
The Maine and US Departments of Labor have put together the following information for businesses and employess impacted by COVID-19
- Information from Maine DOL on unemployment, Maine leave laws and other issues - https://www.maine.gov/labor/covid19/
- Unemployment claims can be filed at https://reemployme.maine.gov/
- Unemployment question can be submitted online at https://www.maine.gov/labor/contact/index.html
- Maine Department of Labor’s Guidance on Coronavirus Response and Updates
- FAQ’s from U.S. DOL about the Fair Labor Standards Act: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/flsa/pandemic
- OSHA’s COVID-19 webpage: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/
- U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 (PDF).
To protect small businesses, Governor Mills recently requested that the Small Business Administration (SBA) provide economic support loans to Maine small businesses in order to help them overcome any temporary loss of revenue due to COVID-19.
The SBA has approved Governor Mills’ application for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans.
Maine small businesses can now access and apply for Economic Impact Disaster Loans at www.sba.gov/disaster. The SBA toll-free line has been established to answer questions at 1-800-659-2955. Furthermore, in collaboration with the Department of Economic and Community Development, the SBA and its Resource Partners: U.S. Small Business Administration, SCORE and Women Business Centers will be providing workshops to answer questions and to help small businesses with the loan application process.
- Information on loan amounts, use, eligibility and terms can be found at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Information/EIDLLoans
- Small Business Administration’s Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
- To apply for an SBA disaster loan, visit https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/
- SBA Small Business Guidance & Loan Resource
- SBA Paycheck Protection Program
- Accessing Assistance through Maine DHHS, pdf 446 kb
- Maine CDC COVID-19 Updates
- Aging and Disability Services COVID-19 Resources
- Child and Family Services COVID-19 Resources
- MaineCare Services COVID-19 Resource
- U.S. CDC Coronavirus Information
- Resources for businesses and employers from the U.S. CDC
- DECD’s Business Answers Phone Line: 1-800-872-3838
- DECD’s Business Answers Email Address: email@example.com
- Online Form for Essential Service Requests: maine.gov/essentialservice
- U.S. CDC’s Resources for Businesses and Employers.
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Guidance for Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus (COVID-19).
- Impact Washington's COVID-19 Resource Page for Manufacturers.
These loan programs are available to eligible Maine businesses and individuals/employees who experience hardships due to COVID-19:
- COVID-19 Relief Consumer Loan Program provides no- to low-interest consumer loans through a loan guarantee program involving Maine’s banks, credit unions, and FAME. Interested borrowers should contact their local bank or credit union (not FAME) to see if the lender is offering this program and to apply. The program offers loans of up to $5,000 (minus any unemployment benefits received by borrower). A borrower may apply for up to three (3) loans, one per each 30-day period.
- COVID-19 Relief Lender Insurance Program provides commercial loan insurance of 50-75% to lenders who make loans to Maine businesses experiencing interruption or hardship due to COVID-19.
- COVID-19 Relief Interim SBA Finance Loan Program provides FAME Direct Loans of up to $100,000 with special terms available to eligible borrowers who provide proof of commitment for SBA financing. The FAME loan would be originated for use to the business owner until the SBA loan is funded. The SBA loan would then pay-off the FAME loan.
- COVID-19 Relief Business Direct Loan Program provides FAME Direct Loans of up to $50,000 with special terms available to Maine-based businesses experiencing interruption or hardship due to COVID-19.
- NOAA Fisheries Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
- Coronavirus.gov — The primary portal for public information, curated by the Coronavirus Task Force at the White House, working in conjunction with Center for Disease Control, Health and Human Services, and other agency stakeholders.
- What the U.S. Government is Doing — A catalogue of all U.S. government activities related to COVID-19.
- Department of Commerce COVID-19 Information for Employees
- FDA Emergency Preparedness – COVID-19
- NFI – Seafood and Coronavirus
- USDA Inspection Services
- National Sea Grant Law Center COVID-19 Resources (including information on the CARES Act)
This webpage will be updated regularly.