March 25, 2020

COVID-19 Resource Page & Updates

The Greater Bangor Convention and Visitors Bureau is working diligently to be a helpful partner for you, our membership, as we try to navigate the daily changes in our lives due to COVID-19. We have created this webpage with the links of pertinent information that will help keep all of you informed to the best of our ability. We will be updating this page versus continuing to send out links and messages so we can minimize some of what might be repetitive emails at this point.

C.A.R.E Act Press Release and Information:

Senator Susan Collins 
This is a direct link to the information regarding resources for Mainers.

BUSINESS RESOURCE & INFORMATION

Governor Janet Mills
This page will have the latest press releases from Governor Mills.

Maine Department of Labor
Please note that MDOL has dedicated days for people to phone in for assistance, this is done by the last name.

NEW 4/10/20 Adjustment to In-Store Gathering Limits Retail Tiers April 10 2020 _1_

Small Business Administration
Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

SBA Disaster Assistance Loan Information
More information will be forthcoming ASAP as Governor Mills has successfully submitted the paperwork needed to make this happen.  Funds will be opened up soon.

City of Bangor Updates (includes all departments)
This link will provide access to all information from the City of Bangor and Bangor Public Health and many other departments.

Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce
The Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce hosted and live-streamed an education session around COVID-19 and it can be found on their Facebook page.  Great information that is region-specific.

US Chamber of Commerce
This updated resource page has great information about:
* Coronavirus Response Toolkit
* Guidance on Emergency Loans: Small Business Guide – includes some answers for seasonal businesses

Maine State Chamber of Commerce
Statewide resources

HOSPITALITY & TOURISM INFORMATION

Maine Office of Tourism
The Maine Office of Tourism has created a page that includes updates from Steve Lyons, Director of the Office of Tourism and includes a tool kit that can be used by your business.
***The Maine Office of Tourism has a dedicated email for questions to do with the Governor’s Executive Order to help manage the process.  Feel free to reach out to Kerrie at Kerrie@VisitBangorMaine.com for general questions or info@VisitMaine.com for more technical questions or waivers.

Essential Business Operations Definitions– Last Updated 4/3/20

The GBCVB hosted a Zoom Meeting with DECD Commissioner Heather Johnson on Monday 4/6 to help answer questions around the Governor’s Executive Order regarding lodging if you would like to listen please click HERE  
There is also a Q&A word document that follows the video and can be used for a quick reference, please click Lodging – Zoom Meeting 4_6_2020 to see that.

US Travel Association
This updated resource page has great information about:
* Paycheck Protection Program
* SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan
* Exchange Stabilization Fund
* Business Tax Provisions
This site also has wonderful tourism research that is open at this point.

STR Reports
* There are some interesting recorded webinars about how COVID-19 has been effecting the Hotel industry worldwide.

HEALTH & SAFETY

Center for Disease Control & Prevention
This link is for the US CDC and has the latest information that is being provided by the US Government.

Guidance for Businesses to react to COVID-19

Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention 
This link if for the State of Maine and will have the latest information about how COVID-19 is affecting our State.

CDC Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations
This link provides tips about cleaning and disinfection community spaces if someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 has been in the building.

 

Over the next couple of days we will be working to add industry-specific information and links, please check back.