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  • 05/01/2020 4:09 PM | Bonnie McNair (Administrator)

    Governor Chris Sununu Announces Stay at Home 2.0

    Concord, NH – Today, Governor Chris Sununu announced he is implementing a new, modified Stay-at-Home Order. Stay at Home 2.0 is in effect until May 31st. The state is taking steps to reopen the economy in a smart, phased approach that is supported by facts, science and data.

    Each of the decisions and guidance documents below have been reviewed by State Epidemiologist Dr. Benjamin Chan and his team at the New Hampshire's Public Health Department.

    "The people of New Hampshire have taken this epidemic incredibly seriously," said Governor Chris Sununu. "We have all played a small part in flattening the curve and slowing the spread of COVID19. We all know you are healthier at home, and that continues to be true, but we are also taking steps to reopen our economy in a smart, step-by-step approach that is supported by facts, science and data."

    Universal Guidance is being issued for any business that is currently open, or will soon be opening, under these next steps. This universal guidance will serve as the bare minimum standards which businesses must meet to maintain or begin operations. For specific industries with specific operational procedures, industry specific guidance for certain sectors can be found below.

    All applicable industries are able to start opening up in incremental phases as determined by Public Health.

    Industries that can continue to operate with new, modified guidance:

    Industries that can begin to phase-in services on May 4, 2020:

    Industries that begin to phase-in, or expand services on May 11, 2020:

    Industries that can begin to phase-in, or expand services on May 18, 2020:

  • 05/01/2020 4:06 PM | Bonnie McNair (Administrator)

    Joint Statement by Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin and Administrator Jovita Carranza on the Review Procedure for Paycheck Protection Program Loans

    U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin and U.S. Small Business Administrator Jovita Carranza issued the following statement on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP):

    “The Paycheck Protection Program is providing critical support to millions of small businesses and tens of millions of hardworking Americans.

    “We have noted the large number of companies that have appropriately reevaluated their need for PPP loans and promptly repaid loan funds in response to SBA guidance reminding all borrowers of an important certification required to obtain a PPP loan. To further ensure PPP loans are limited to eligible borrowers, the SBA has decided, in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, that it will review all loans in excess of $2 million, in addition to other loans as appropriate, following the lender’s submission of the borrower’s loan forgiveness application. Regulatory guidance implementing this procedure will be forthcoming.

    “We remain fully committed to ensuring that America’s workers and small businesses get the resources they need to get through this challenging time.”

  • 05/01/2020 3:41 PM | Bonnie McNair (Administrator)

    Governor Mills to Maine People: “We will not give up on each other.”

    May 1, 2020

    As Maine enters Stage 1 of the Governor’s Restarting Maine’s Economy Plan today, Governor Janet Mills spoke directly to the people of Maine today to tell them that, although times are tough, Maine people will persevere and will not give up on each other:

    “This virus is testing the limits of our patience, the limits of our economic stability, the limits of our state’s health and endurance. In this, our 200th year, let us stand up to show the world who we are; let’s show them that, no matter the challenge, no matter the difficulty, we will persevere. Let’s keep talking. […],” Governor Mills said.

    “Let’s work harder than ever in these next few months to keep this thing at bay and keep our people – and our economy – safe. We can do this. I believe in you, in the faith, ingenuity and willpower of the people of Maine. I believe in our great State. And I will do everything I can to save it. I am not a quitter. Maine people are not quitters.

    “People are angry and frustrated, some losing patience. But no matter what, we will listen to each other. We will work with each other. We will do everything in our power to keep each other safe. We will not give up on each other, never quit each other. And I will never quit you,” she concluded.

    The complete text of Governor Mills’ remarks, as prepared for delivery, are as follows:

    Good afternoon.

    I want to take just a few minutes to speak to the Maine people, before I go back to the business of running the state in such a difficult time.

    Today marks the first day of the first stage of our state’s reopening.

    Today, many Maine people will be able to receive health care for certain medical needs for the first time in weeks, important procedures that have been long postponed. This is a critical change to support the health of Maine people and to provide a lifeline to rural hospitals and clinics on the brink of bankruptcy.

    This weekend, Maine people can also worship with members of their faith safely under new guidelines, and others may seek relief from the stress of these times with a round of golf or an afternoon of fishing.

    Today businesses such as barbershops and hair salons can, with strict health and safety protocols, choose to open their doors to customers and staff once again.

    And we trust them to know whether or not they can operate safely under these new guidelines administered by the Department of Economic and Community Development. If they do not yet have the equipment or protocols they need, or simply do not feel safe reopening, they should not reopen.

    And if you need a haircut, please make sure that that salon or barber shop is complying with these guidelines.

    These are important and meaningful first steps towards creating a new normal – a different way of doing business, of shopping, traveling, and enjoying the Maine outdoors in ways that will keep us all safe, if we all pull together and follow these rules that are based on fact and on science.

    We introduced these changes earlier and there have been a lot of questions. That is to be expected.

    We will keep working to answer them, one by one, and to address especially the needs of small businesses who are striving to survive in this new pandemic-driven economy.

    We have said from the beginning that our plan is a flexible document, that we are always open to constructive dialogue from all workers and businesses and members of the public.

    In the meantime, I know many of you are frustrated.

    Some say they are frustrated that the State is moving too slowly; they worry about the financial toll on summer tourism that is so vital to our state’s brand and to our financial wellbeing.

    Some people say they want to go back to work but are afraid of having to deal with the public, including millions of people from out of state who come here every summer, many from Boston, New York, New Jersey and other dangerous hot spots.

    Some are engaging in partisan political chatter over this pandemic; but we know this virus plays no favorites: it doesn’t care whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat, a Green or an Independent, unregistered or unenrolled. It does not take political sides; it is an equal opportunity destroyer.

    Other people say they are frustrated that we are opening up any businesses at all, because of all the people in our state who are older or who have an underlying condition – or both – that puts them in the “vulnerable” category, putting their lives in grave danger whenever and however this virus spreads.

    They read the newspaper.

    The know that more than 3,500 people have died in Massachusetts from this painful virus; more than 18,000 New Yorkers have lost their lives; more than 7,000 in New Jersey; 2,257 in Connecticut.

    And in just the last 24 hours, the State of Georgia reports more than one thousand new cases.

    I hear all of this. I hear all of you.

    With every order I have issued and every action I have taken, I have thought long and hard about how Maine people – and Maine businesses -- will be impacted.

    These are some of the most difficult decisions any governor has ever had to make, in consultation with the people and the businesses affected but always with the public health as our first priority.

    The challenges this dangerous pandemic poses to us and to our state are unlike anything we have seen in generations.

    In threading many needles every day, in finding the delicate balance between saving lives and preserving livelihoods, I am reminded of what H.L. Mencken said.

    He said, “There is a single solution for every problem: simple quick, and wrong.”

    There is no easy solution here.

    We cannot flip a switch and open up all the restaurants, all the bars, all the souvenir shops and all the motels across the state to do business as usual and risk a more aggressive resurgence of this virus that will only sicken more people, destroy lives and devastate our entire economy for years to come.

    I believe strongly that the vast majority of business owners across Maine, though they are frustrated about being closed and concerned about their future, I believe that they share an unflagging commitment to keeping Maine people healthy.

    I ask them to stay the course. Continue talking, continue listening, continue being part of the solution.

    And we cannot just remain closed. There are activities that we can do safely now that will allow our economy to begin to function again.

    I wish I could tell you when this pandemic will be over – but I can’t.

    If I gave you a simple, quick and easy answer like that – it would be wrong. Because this pandemic – and all of its impacts – is extraordinarily complicated. So, let me tell you what we are doing:

    First, unlike some other states, we have, from the beginning, allowed construction, industrial manufacturing, fishing, home repair, pharmacies, auto repair, child care, banks, laundromats, veterinary clinics and farming and a number of essential services to continue as usual, with precautions.

    We are collaborating with others from all economic sectors across the state to prepare them to open as soon as they can and as safely as they can.

    I am well aware that this timetable puts a crimp in the ability of many businesses to rehire, to retool and to take reservations from vacationers and others who want desperately to escape to our state in June, July and August, to enjoy the beaches, mountains, rivers and fields of this wonderful place we call home.

    First and foremost, in order to expand businesses further and to prepare for the tourist season, we need more testing capacity. We are working every day on that critical issue. Expanding testing will give us a better picture of how widespread this virus is now in our state and help us prepare, in a measured and thoughtful way, for an influx of people from out of state in the coming months.

    We are constantly reevaluating the plan we’ve put forward, with input from all sources, to adjust it and to safely restart our economy.

    As we step into this next stage, as we talk about reopening, there will be a lot of debate. And I welcome that; that’s how the process should work.

    There will also be a lot of frustration. I understand that. Yes, and there is anger, and I share that. But let’s keep talking.

    This virus is testing the limits of our patience, the limits of our economic stability, the limits of our state’s health and endurance. In this, our 200th year, let us stand up to show the world who we are; let’s show them that, no matter the challenge, no matter the difficulty, we will persevere.

    Let’s keep talking.

    Our enemy is not anger or fear; our foe is complacency.

    The people of Maine have proven, in the last six weeks, that they are courageous, patient and compassionate; that they value the safety of our frontline workers and first responders, including the 253 brave healthcare workers who are or have been stricken with the virus.

    The last thing any of us should want to do is to overwhelm our health care system and put these brave people more at risk or take their valuable lives.

    It is because of your actions – and uniquely because of your actions – that the virus has not destroyed us, that we have, so far, kept a measured lid on this insidious disease.

    The day before yesterday, 252 people died – in one day alone – in Massachusetts, from the virus – A state only fifteen miles from our southernmost town.

    I will do everything in my power to make sure that this deadly and untreatable virus does not hop a plane, a bus, a truck or a train, an SUV or an RV… and land here and take over our state as it has taken hold in others.

    Let’s work harder than ever in these next few months to keep this thing at bay and keep our people – and our economy – safe.

    We can do this. I believe in you, in the faith, ingenuity and willpower of the people of Maine. I believe in our great State. And I will do everything I can to save it.

    I am not a quitter. Maine people are not quitters.

    People are angry and frustrated, some losing patience.

    But no matter what, we will listen to each other. We will work with each other. We will do everything in our power to keep each other safe. We will not give up on each other, never quit each other.

    And I will never quit you.

    Now I am headed back to work, for the people of Maine. And I leave you in the good hands of Dr. Shah.

    Thank you.

  • 05/01/2020 3:23 PM | Bonnie McNair (Administrator)

    As you may know, the Falls Chamber joined the Save Small Business Coalition (SSBC), a group with now over 90 members nationwide, to find a solution to get money into the hands of all businesses as soon as possible.

    Since its origin in March, the SSBC has been working to find a solution that will assist small businesses quickly and effectively with business continuity. It has worked with partner associations in the insurance and commercial development industries and have now aligned efforts with the Joint Trades Coalition, led by the International Council of Shopping Centers association.

    The relief vehicle proposes for the establishment of the COVID-19 Business and Employee Continuity and Recovery Fund , modeled after the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, that would create the framework to assist all impacted businesses regardless of size, industry or location.

    The COVID-19 Business and Employee Continuity and Recovery Fund (Recovery Fund) is a proposed federal direct assistance grant program to provide liquidity to businesses that have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of the Recovery Fund is to enable employers (and their employees) of all sizes and across all industries to financially survive losses caused by the COVID-19 crisis, as well as provide liquidity to enable employers to re-enter the market as rapidly as possible when it is safe to do so. We need you to ACT NOW and contact our Federal Representatives to let them know that we need this solution for business continuity ASAP.

    Not sure about contacting Congress? We've made it easy, with a 1-click platform and a drafted letter, which can be found here:

    Learn more about the Recovery Fund proposals in the House and Senate here:

    Senate and House Recovery Fund versions Side by Side 042520 (2).docx

  • 05/01/2020 12:31 PM | Bonnie McNair (Administrator)


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  • 05/01/2020 11:18 AM | Bonnie McNair (Administrator)

    SMPDC continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation. It is critical to support one another during this difficult time and we want to assure you that we are here for continued support and technical assistance. For COVID-19 updates visit our COVID-19 Resources Page which includes:

    We hope everyone is staying is safe and healthy and we look forward to working with you all in person again.

  • 05/01/2020 10:53 AM | Bonnie McNair (Administrator)

    Governor Mills Extends Maine’s Stay At Home Order

    April 29, 2020

    “Stay Safer at Home” Executive Order permits new activities under Phase 1 of restarting plan & requires cloth face coverings in some public settings

    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. These include barber shops and hair salons, auto dealerships and drive-in stay-in-your-vehicle religious services that follow COVID-19 Prevention Checklists. The Order is effective immediately and extends through May 31, 2020, subject to change.

    “Maine appears to be flattening the curve against this pandemic, saving lives and protecting public health. But we are not out of the woods yet,” said Governor Mills. “This measure allows us to gradually restart our economy, allows us to do the same things we have been doing over the past month, and maintains the important public health measures that have protected us thus far. I believe in Maine people more than anything. Although this has been a long and difficult road for our state, I know that together, we will continue to do the right thing to protect one another and defeat this virus.”

    Additionally, and as Governor Mills also announced yesterday, the order requires Maine people to wear cloth face coverings in public places where physical distancing is difficult to maintain, as recommended by the U.S. CDC. The order identifies public settings as: indoor spaces that are accessible to the public such as grocery stores, retail stores, pharmacies and health care facilities; outdoor spaces such as playgrounds, busy parking lots, and other areas such as lines for take-out service where the public typically gathers in a smaller area; and public transportation such as a taxi, Uber, Lyft, ride-sharing or similar service; ferry, bus, or train; and any semi-enclosed transit stop or waiting area. Under the order, cloth face coverings are not required for children under age 2, a child in a child care setting, or for anyone who has trouble breathing or related medical conditions, or who is otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. This requirement is effective Friday, May 1st.

    Governor Mills is encouraging Maine people to make their own cloth face coverings from common materials or to purchase them from a Maine-based company to support local businesses. The Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership has compiled a list of Maine companies producing face coverings, which the Administration is sharing with Maine people as a resource. Additionally, and to lead by example, the Mills Administration has partnered with Westbrook-based company American Roots to purchase and provide two cloth face coverings for every State of Maine employee.

    “As our State begins to ease some restrictions as part of the plan to gradually and safely restart the economy, it is important for Maine people to also take individual precautions to prevent the spread of the virus. Ultimately, this is about protecting our communities. By wearing a cloth face covering, you are taking an important step in protecting others, and when others wear them, they are taking an important step in protecting you,” said Governor Janet Mills.

    The U.S. CDC advises the use of cloth face coverings in public settings, such as grocery stores or pharmacies, to slow the spread of COVID-19. Recent research indicates that a significant portion of individuals with COVID-19 do not experience symptoms, and that those who go on to develop symptoms can transmit the virus to others before feeling sick. While a cloth face covering is not intended to protect the wearer, it may prevent the spread of virus from the wearer to others.  However, cloth face coverings are no substitute for physical distancing and other recommendations, as described below. Cloth face coverings can be made at home from common materials.

    In a recent video, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams described how to fashion and wear a simple cloth face covering. Additional instructions on cloth face coverings are available via U.S. CDC here.

    “Face coverings can help keep people with COVID-19 from spreading it to others,” said Dr. Nirav D. Shah, Director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. “Wearing a face covering when out in public can complement physical distancing as part of a strategy to limit the risk of exposure during a gradual reopening.”

    Under a new contract, the State of Maine has purchased 27,500 cloth face coverings, enough to provide two to each state employee, produced by Maine-based company American Roots. Starting May 14, American Roots will provide approximately 4,000 coverings per week. Distribution will be via individual department. State employees whose roles require other types of personal protective equipment will also receive these cloth face coverings. The Department of Administrative and Financial Services is also distributing a supply of disposable masks to staff who work outside the home and/or interact with others as part of their job duties.

    “The Department of Administrative and Financial Services has direct responsibility to ensure the safety and wellness of our state government employees,” said Kirsten Figueroa, the Department’s Commissioner. “We’re thrilled to contract with a Maine company that shifted its operations during this pandemic to provide these cloth face coverings to our workforce.”

    “We’re honored to be in a position to collaborate with the State of Maine to protect its workforce,” said Whitney Reynolds Waxman and Ben Waxman, co-owners of American Roots based in Westbrook. “We believe there is no greater calling than protecting the safety of all workers during a challenging time. As our state gradually reopens, we’re proud to display our commitment to worker safety, that we ourselves, as a proud Union workforce, take enormous pride in. We want to thank Governor Mills for believing in our company and its workforce, which we believe is the new face of the American worker.”

    Cloth face coverings are distinct from surgical or N-95 masks, which should be reserved for health care workers and first responders. When removing a cloth face covering, people should avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth and then wash their hands immediately.

    As described in U.S. CDC guidance, a cloth face covering covers the nose and mouth and fits snugly but comfortably against the side of the face; is secured with ties or ear loops; includes multiple layers of fabric; allows for breathing without restriction; and is able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to its shape. Cloth face coverings are not a replacement for adhering to physical distancing protocols. Even when wearing a cloth face covering, maintaining 6-feet physical distancing remains critical to slowing the spread of COVID-19.  Governor Mills also continues to encourage Maine people to practice proper hygiene, including washing hands often with soap and warm water.

    The Mills Administration’s plan to restart Maine’s economy, which comes as the State appears to be 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. As the Administration gradually eases restrictions on some businesses and activities, it also implements protective protocols, developed in consultation with the private sector, along with broader additional health and safety measures, to protect Maine people.

  • 05/01/2020 9:36 AM | Bonnie McNair (Administrator)

    Concord, NH – On Friday, May 1, Jerry Little, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office For Emergency Relief and Recovery (GOFERR), will hold a meeting of the Bipartisan Legislative Advisory Board at 1:00 PM.

    Friday, May 1 , 2020
    GOFERR Meeting of the Bipartisan Legislative Advisory Board
    1:00 PM
    Call-in: 800-356-8278
    PIN: 389388

    Anyone having difficulties connecting to the conference should call: 603-271-7840





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