COVID-19 MAINE RESOURCES and LINKS

We will update and add to this list of mostly MAINE STATE-specific resources and CDC links as we receive information.

Please be sure you access and read the most up-to-date links, refer to these to find answers to questions about safety, financial options and assistance, online trainings and network opportunities, and more.

Please check the Maine.gov website for up-to-date information about specific areas, regulations about  who, when, where, and how to prepare for a return to work in Maine.

PLEASE refer to the Preparing to Return to work for the latest links, updates, cautionary guidelines and many answers to questions.

OSHA guidelines: https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf

Newsroom link on Maine.gov: daily updates: https://www.maine.gov/governor/mills/newsroom

Maine.gov: Executive Orders: https://www.maine.gov/governor/mills/official_documents

UPDATED 10 July: SPECIFIC CHECKLIST Spas and Close-Contact Personal Services: https://www.maine.gov/decd/checklists/spas-services

Updated 10 June:

https://www.maine.gov/decd/checklists/massage-facilities

21 May UPDATED RESOURCES from AMTA National:

Expanded Reopening Consideration for Massage Therapists: Practice Guidelines and Insurance Coverage

As the COVID-19 crisis continues to evolve, AMTA is committed to supporting you and making sure you have the most up to date information.  Each state will have its own reopening guidance, and it’s important to be aware of the laws, executive orders, and regulations that impact massage therapists at this time.  It’s also important to make sure that your professional liability insurance covers you for communicable diseases like the Coronavirus.  AMTA members, rest assured, there are no exclusions on your policy for this Coronavirus or communicable diseases.

If you’re not an AMTA member, make sure you check with your provider.   The Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) has developed guidelines for state and regulatory agencies of oversight and massage therapists across various workplace settings that are now available for download.

AMTA state updates and considerations

FSMTB guidelines and considerations

Please forward to any massage therapists you think would benefit from this new resource.

Subscribe to AMTA’s advocacy mailing list here.

16 May UPDATED RESOURCES from AMTA National Site: https://www.amtamassage.org/about/news/covid-19-resources-for-massage-therapists/

8 May 2020 on Maine.gov: Gov. Janet Mills latest re-opening information, please read carefully. https://www.maine.gov/governor/mills/news/governor-mills-introduces-rural-reopening-plan-2020-05-08

CONTACT: To share your opinion, ask for more information, schedule a meeting, or request assistance: https://www.maine.gov/governor/mills/contact

UPDATES DOCUMENT for Maine Licensed Massage Therapists 1 May 2020, please click on the line below

Notice to Licensed Massage Therapists

Feel free to contact one of our volunteers via phone or email anytime. If we do not have an answer or resources, we can search further on your behalf.

Please let our volunteers know if you have other valuable resources or any questions you think we can assist with.

We are here to support one another, share, and stay connected. This is a great time to get involved with our committees to keep activities and future planning buoyed and robust.

Regular updates via AMTA National that come to us include membership renewals, financial supports, Federal and state relief/grants, loans, CDC guidelines, state and local updates for businesses, how to prepare for re-opening etc.

https://www.amtamassage.org/index.html

1 May 2020 UPDATES:

RE-OPENING MAINE’S ECONOMY in STAGES

“Governor Mills Safe and Gradual Plan to restart Maine’s economy”:

https://www.maine.gov/governor/mills/news/governor-mills-presents-safe-gradual-plan-restart-maines-economy-2020-04-28

According to Governor Mill’s Gradual Plan to Restart the Economy; “ Tentatively beginning July 1, …”with appropriate safety precautions, Stage 3  would allow for some degree of opening for Personal Services such as spas, tattoo and piercing parlors, and massage facilities”. Stage 3 (July & August):

Stage 3 contemplates maintaining the prohibition on gatherings of more than 50 people and other Stage 1 and Stage 2 restrictions, including the 14-day quarantine on people entering Maine. 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/reopen-guidance.html

UNEMPLOYMENT OPTIONS

Information on the three Federal Unemployment Programs PDF April 28, 2020
https://www.maine.gov/labor/docs/2020/covid19/FEDERALUIPROGRAMSTATUSUPDATE421.pdf

May 1st,  the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance ( PUA) unemployment will be available: for self-employed

  • Maine Department of Labor will begin accepting PUA applications on May 1, 2020, 1-800-593-7660 between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday-Friday, and those whose claims do not require further review should begin receiving benefits within seven days from filing. Further, those receiving PUA benefits will also receive the additional weekly $600 from the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program. All claims will be retroactive to the date of business closure or job separation provided on the application. If employment was lost earlier than March 15 due to COVID-19, claimants will be able to provide documentation to show that in the coming weeks. For more information on PUA and instructions on how to apply, please visit www.maine.gov/unemployment/pua/.
  • For more information and resources, visit the Department’s COVID-19 page: https://www.maine.gov/labor/covid19/
  • Follow the Maine Department of Labor on Facebook @MElabor and Twitter @maine_labor.

May 1 the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance ( PUA) unemployment will be available:

  • Update! Applications accepted for federal unemployment program covering self-employed and others starting Friday May 1st. See more on MDOL Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Informational web page.
  • Status Update on New Federal Unemployment Programs(PDF)
  • To review FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS, please download the Unemployment Insurance FAQs Regarding

Small Business Loans are also still available in Maine. Payment Protection Plan ( PPP) loans and Disaster Relief Loans. Sole Proprietors who file taxes with a schedule C form, can apply for a PPP. Self-employed massage therapists are considered an employee, and you can pay yourself, based on calculations from your Schedule c or quick books, or excel chart of you income this past year.

Go to : https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources#section-header-0

Before you decide which to do: look at your monthly income, business expenses, and decide if the unemployment benefits make sense, or the PPP loan. With loans, you can pay yourself, and cover other expenses of running your business for 8 weeks. There are calculation formulas on the websites.

This website above has applications for the loans.

US Department of Treasury / COVID 19 loans, also has information for calculating you loan amount, and frequently asked questions.

The Paycheck Protection Program established by the CARES Act, is implemented by the Small Business Administration with support from the Department of the Treasury.  This program provides small businesses with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities.

You cannot do a PPP ( Payment Protection Plan) loan and, also file for unemployment.

Before you decide which to do: look at your monthly income and decide if the unemployment benefits will pay more, or the PPP payroll. There are calculation formulas on the websites.

Below a list compiled by our Government Relations Committee:

Helpful Resouce Links

Starting April 10, independent contractors and self-employed individuals may apply for federal funding for payroll expenses.

COVID-19: Resources for Maine small businesses, sole proprietors, & independent contractors

Maine’s Small Business Development Centers

Maine State Chamber of Commerce

 

Maine Department of Economic and Community Development

 

Finance Authority of Maine

 

Maine Department of Labor

 

Office of the Governor

 Local municipal bulletins

 Health guidance

 

Maine Dept of Health & Human Services:

https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/ coronavirus-resources.shtml

MaineCare, including info for providers, telehealth, behavorial health and more:

https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/oms/COVID-19.shtml

Maine Bureau of Insurance:

https://www.maine.gov/pfr/insurance/ covid19_cornoavirus/index.html

State law on private insurance coverage of telehealth services:

http:// legislature.maine.gov/statutes/24-A/title24-Asec4316.html

ME Center for Disease Control and Prevention:

https://www.maine.gov/ dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/epi/airborne/coronavirus.shtml

Maine Dept of Labor, including unemployment information:

https:// www.maine.gov/labor/covid19/

Link to form requesting to be designated an essential business or service:

https://appengine.egov.com/apps/me/essentialservicerequest

Resources for businesses in Chamber of Commerce op ed 3/25/20:

https://www.centralmaine.com/2020/03/25/maine-compass-how-to-support- maines-business-community-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/

Maine Dept. of Education:

https://www.maine.gov/doe/covid-19/

AMTA is updating the web site regularly. See web page link:

https://www.amtamassage.org

https://www.maine.gov/labor/covid19/

MORE LINKS as of 26 April:

https://www.maine.gov/governor/mills/news/governor-mills-unveils-actions-protect-housing-maine-people-amidst-covid-19-pandemic-2020-04

 

https://www.mainehousing.org/programs-services/rental/rentaldetail/covid-19-rental-relief-program

 

https://www.maine.gov/labor/news_events/article.shtml?id=2241241

 

https://maineequaljustice.org/people/covid-19-resources/?link_id=1&can_id=cadc2661605ed0ede497509674d5892d&source=email-grappling-with-covid-19-upcoming-remote-actions&email_referrer=email_752486&email_subject=grappling-with-covid-19-upcoming-remote-actions

 

https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance

 

https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance

 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cVT10YBNdMybpw4AQcerieBz2xzyxN2KCt3fvN6-UT8/edit

 

A resource to get answers any time by dialing 211 (or 1-866-811-5695), texting your ZIP code to 898-211 or emailing info@211maine.org.

Reps: Brian Hubbell, Serving District 135. 207-288-3947. Brian.Hubbell@legislature.maine.gov