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Essential Operations now include Takeout!

Posted By HM Staff, Friday, April 3, 2020
TAKE OUT REMINDER The State of Maine allows for the sale of beer and wine in the manufacturers original package. Unfortunately that does not include liquor or beer on tap. That means growlers and cocktails to go, or the sale of full bottles of spirits are prohibited.

Review rules here: Liquor Licensing

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Restaurant Employee Relief Fund launches Thursday

Posted By HM Staff , Monday, March 30, 2020


Starting April 2, impacted restaurant workers will be able to apply online at RERF.US for a one-time, $500 check to use towards housing, transportation, utilities, child-care, groceries, medical bills and/or student loans. These grants will be administered by the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Industry icon Guy Fieri is helping the Foundation launch the nationwide fundraising campaign to raise money for the initiative.  There are both application and donation opportunities.

Who should apply for funds?  Click here

 Donate here

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Free food safety training

Posted By HM Staff , Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Free Courses, Resources for Restaurant and Foodservice Workers

Because of the challenges presented by COVID-19, ServSafe has developed a number of free online resources aimed at keeping restaurant workers and the dining public safe. As a service to the industry, HospitalityMaine shares these on-demand training modules that address COVID-19 precautions for takeout and delivery. Available in English and Spanish. 


ServSafe Takeout/Delivery: COVID-19 Precautions: LEARN MORE 


ServSafe Food Handler - Essential training every restaurant and foodservice worker needs to keep guests and themselves safe for FREE! This offer includes both the online training and assessment: LEARN MORE


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Takeout and Delivery OK in new gov. mandate

Posted By HM Staff , Tuesday, March 24, 2020
At midnight tonight, all non-essential businesses and operations in Maine are ordered to close their physical locations that are public facing. Today Governor Janet Mills issued an Executive Order mandating that shopping malls, gyms. hair salons, etc. that allow customer, vendor or other in-person contact shutter for 14 days.
The order does not include businesses that are essential, such as restaurants. TAKEOUT and Delivery is Still Allowed! 
The order also closes non-essential business sites that require more than 10 workers to convene in a space where physical distancing is not possible. These businesses may continue activities that do not involve in-person contact and convenings, and should facilitate the maximum number of employees working remotely.


Non-essential businesses and operations subject to the order include, but are not limited to, shopping malls, fitness and exercise gyms, spas, barber shops, hair salons, tattoo and piercing parlors, massage facilities, nail technicians, cosmetologists and estheticians, electrolysis services, laser hair removal services, and similar personal care and treatment facilities and services. Restaurant TAKEOUT and Delivery is Still Allowed! 

Order is in place for 14 days until April 8.

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National Campaign Launched

Posted By HM Staff, Tuesday, March 24, 2020


On March 24, we’re asking everyone in America to show their support for the restaurant industry and its incredible employees by joining #TheGreatAmericanTakeout and eating at least one delivery or pick-up meal.


Here’s how you can help:

1 Hype it up. Post to social media encouraging your followers to participate in #thegreatamericantakeout on 3/24 (we’ve included an official graphic for your use, downloadable here).

2 Rally the troops. Reach out to your community: friends, investors, vendors, clients, media, and brand ambassadors. Share this one-sheet and encourage them to participate.

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CARES Act and Hospitality

Posted By HM Staff , Monday, March 23, 2020
Updated: Monday, March 23, 2020

In the massive CARES Act, being debated today in Congress, a key part of the legislation is a proposal by Senator Susan Collins to provide forgivable loans to small businesses. 

The legislation proposes:

      • Loans to businesses to help pay for payroll to keep employees on staff 

       • Health insurance payments if the employer had a plan in place before the closure.

       • Help to pay for mortgages, rent or utilities for the business owner. (The business would not be required to stay open to keep their employees on payroll.)

 More details here: 


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Hospitality Recovery Acts

Posted By HM Staff , Friday, March 20, 2020
Updated: Thursday, March 19, 2020

Congress is looking to pass a broad economic rescue package that the Trump administration estimates will be around $1.3 trillion. The National Restaurant Association needs help to ensure restaurant relief is properly addressed in this package.

If you agree, take a few moments to participate in this grassroots mobilization effort. Text “Recovery” to 52886 to help the #RestaurantRecovery

The hotel industry is facing an abrupt and unprecedented drop in hotel demand that is gaining pace and getting progressively more severe each day. The American Hotel and Lodging Association is requesting similar action. Click on Hotels Act

Congress can take urgent action to protect countless jobs, provide relief to dedicated and hardworking employees, and ensure that our small business operators and franchise owners – who represent more than half of hotels in the country – can keep their doors open!

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Loan option strategies

Posted By HM Staff , Thursday, March 19, 2020
Due to the overwhelming amount of businesses applying online for Economic Development Injury Loans the system is overwhelmed. 

  Tips to Apply Online

• Make sure "Economic Development Injury Loan" is selected
• If you need cash flow relief immediately, explore a loan deferment (SBA or a conventional loan)
• If you have an SBA loan and defer the payments, you will not be ineligible for these emergency funds if you meet all other requirements. 
Free Resources 
Small Business Development Centers:
Women's Business Center:

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Beer and Wine approved for take out

Posted By HM staff , Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 6:24:06 PM 

Today, HospitalityMaine was involved in the process to clarify the word “beverage” as stated in the Governor’s proclamation on restaurants closure. 

We have confirmed that it includes beer and wine. 

“We are very encouraged that Gov. Mills included adult beverage service with takeout and delivery for Maine’s devastated restaurants,” said Dugal.

“It will go a long way to increase business for those restaurants that remain open and have liquor licenses. This is a definite advantage,” he said. 
Under the temporary restaurant dine-in closure  edicts, Maine restaurants can now deliver beer and wine with food.

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Unemployment Insurance Update

Posted By HM Staff, Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Commissioners Heather Johnson and Laura Fortman have clarified that those who own a business and are on their own payroll WILL be eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits. Restaurant or inn sole proprietors should use the Loan Guarantee Fund, the Finance Authority of Maine is working hard to communicate this to banks.




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