skip to main content


These resources – like the public health crisis itself – are constantly evolving and are only current as to the date of publication. This page was last updated on May 20, 2020.

For more up-to-date information on the relief programs available in Maine, we recommend that you visit the state's COVID-19 Response website.

resource search icon

Description of Program and Relief

Essential Service Designation Request

Businesses that are not covered by the guidance provided here may request a designation from Maine’s Department of Economic and Community Development as to whether they can be designated as an essential business and keep their physical locations and facilities open during the state-mandated closure to protect against COVID-19.

Government or Lead Agency

The Maine Department of Economic and Community Development.

Dates Available

Effective immediately

Eligibility Requirements/Restrictions

A listing of businesses that are considered essential and may remain open during the closure are here. They include, for example, healthcare services, grocery stores, gas stations, banks, laundromats, public transportation, utilities, and many others. Requests by businesses to be designated as an essential function should only be made if they are not covered by the guidance.

Application Deadlines (If Applicable)


Contact for More Information

To apply for an essential business designation, a business may fill out an application here:

Contact here for questions:

List of Additional Information

The appendix to the Governor’s order includes a more comprehensive list of some of the categories of essential businesses. It can be found here.

© 2021 Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. This does not constitute legal advice and does not create an attorney-client relationship. In some jurisdictions, this publication may be considered attorney advertising. Past representations are no guarantee of future outcomes.

© 2021 Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Privacy Policy