Skowhegan chamber offers resources, creates Business Bingo

SKOWHEGAN — The Skowhegan Regional Chamber is providing information and resources for area businesses affected by the COVID-19 crisis. The chamber plans to prive helpful and meaningful information for businesses during the next few weeks. “As each day brings new changes, we must continue to pull together to adjust,” the chamber said to email subscribers.
“We will continue to supply as much reliable information from the local, state, and federal levels to share with you, and bring your voice to our elected officials as they put economic relief measures in place. Please let us know anything that you need that we can help with.” Contact the chamber by visiting www.skowheganareachamber.com. Regulatory changes in Maine this week include:
Bags: Maine’s plastic bag ban law (set to take effect on April 22) has been delayed until Jan. 15. The state also clarified that local ordinances that either ban plastic bags or charge a fee are not in effect. It is up to the individual retailer to allow reusable bags or not at your store. The chamber is waiting for official guidance from Maine DEP to share and we will do that as soon as possible.
Bottle Redeption: The state is allowing retailers that do bottle redemption to choose to suspend collection for now. Stores that suspend collection should email Scott Wilson at Maine DEP, scott.wilson@maine.gov.
Alcohol: The state has also relaxed the regulation for restaurants that have shifted to take-out. They can now also sell beer and wine (not spirits) with take out orders. The chamber has also created Business Bingo, to help support businesses while social distancing. Play Business Support Bingo, and be sure to tag the businesses you support and hashtag #SRCCBingo and #BetterTogether.
For details, visit the chamber’s Facebook page.