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April 29, 2020

Governor Mills Extends Maine’s Stay At Home Order

​Following her announcement yesterday that she would extend Maine’s stay-at-home order, Governor Janet Mills today issued a “Stay Safer at Home” Executive Order. The new order continues to have Maine people stay at home with the same established exceptions for permitted activities, such as occasional grocery shopping or exercising. However, it now also allows Maine people to visit businesses or participate in activities deemed safe to open under Stage 1 of the reopening plan (PDF) presented yesterday. More...

April 29, 2020

Department of Labor to Accept Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Applications May 1

​The Maine Department of Labor will begin accepting applications for the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) at 8 a.m. Friday, May 1. People whose claim does not require further review should begin receiving benefits within seven days of filing. More...

April 28, 2020

Governor Mills Announces 4-Stage Plan To Restart Maine's Economy

​Governor Janet Mills today presented her Administration’s plan to gradually and safely restart Maine’s economy. The plan, which comes as the State appears to be successfully flattening the curve, establishes four gradual stages of reopening, the first of which begins May 1st. The stages focus not on essential v. non-essential designations like those used to originally limit business operations and activities, but on the ability of a business to operate or an activity to occur in a manner that protects public health and safety. More...

April 24, 2020

Help For Laid Off Workers from the Maine Department of Labor

​Whenever a layoff or business closing occurs, the Maine Department of Labor’s Rapid Response Team is available to assist. More...

April 24, 2020

PPP Receives Additional Funds; Loan Processing Resumes Monday

​Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration Jovita Carranza and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin issued the following statement today on the resumption of the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) More...

April 23, 2020

Governor Mills Outlines Vision for a Gradual, Safe Reopening of Maine’s Economy

​Governor Janet Mills today outlined her vision for a gradual and safe reopening of Maine’s economy amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, emphasizing four principles that will guide the State’s decision-making process and inviting Maine people to offer their ideas through a new portal launched by the Department of Economic and Community Development. More...

April 20, 2020

SSA, RRB recipients with eligible children need to act by Wednesday to quickly add money to their automatic Economic Impact Payment; IRS asks for help in the ‘Plus $500 Push’

The Internal Revenue Service today issued a special alert for several groups of federal benefit recipients to act by this Wednesday, April 22, if they didn’t file a tax return in 2018 or 2019 and have dependents so they can quickly receive the full amount of their Economic Impact Payment. More...

April 16, 2020

Get My Payment site operating

April 15, 2020 - Working with the Treasury Department, the Internal Revenue Service unveiled the new Get My Payment with features to let taxpayers check on their Economic Impact Payment date and update direct deposit information. More...

April 16, 2020

Lodging FAQs from the Maine Office of Tourism

Frequently asked questions about current lodging restrictions. More...

April 11, 2020

Maine Tourism Relief Fund

​The Maine Tourism Relief Fund was created by the Maine Tourism Association to provide relief to small businesses and their employees experiencing great hardship as a result of business closures in the state due to COVID-19.
Through this fund, grants will be made to small businesses based in the state of Maine who work in tourism-related industries for companies with less than 50 people who have been impacted by coronavirus. It also helps their employees who have experienced a decrease in wages or loss of employment. More...