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March 9, 2020 4:34 PM

COVID-19 Resources - City Approves Expansion of Outdoor Dining & Retail

May 18: The City Council approved a pilot program that allows City staff to temporarily close several downtown streets in order to facilitate the expansion of outdoor dining and retail. The program also includes the expansion of outdoor dining and retail operations on sidewalks, parks/squares, private parking lots, and the use of parklets in parking spaces. These temporary business licenses will be valid June 1 through November 1.

May 18: The City launched three emergency small business assistance programs after receiving City Council approval of the programs at its May 4, 2020 meeting and final funding for them at its May 18, 2020 meeting. The programs include the Business Assistance Program for Job Creation (BAP-Rehire), the Microenterprise Grant Program, and the Rapid Response Microloan Program. Information about the programs and an application can be found on the City’s website at

portlandmaine.gov/CovidBizAssist

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May 18: Mayor Snyder & City Manager Jennings Issue Letter to Citizens & Businesses Recapping Portland's COVID-19 Response and Reopening Plans.

Please visit the City's dedicated COVID-19 page for more information on these items and more at www.portlandmaine.gov/COVID19. This page is updated frequently, so please check back often.

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