City Launches Campaign to Assist Small Businesses with Free PPE


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“Washing hands, wearing a mask, physical distancing and avoiding large gatherings continue to be the four pillars of Keeping Portland Healthy “- according to a press release issued today by the City.

The City has launched a campaign to encourage people to keep doing what is necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at a time when some may be getting fatigued, but compliance is just as important now as it was this summer.  If not more, as we head into cold and flu season.  The campaign is made possible by funds by the city received through the State of Maine’s – KEEP MAINE HEALTHY – grant.

In an effort to aid the small business community the city is pleased to offer free personal protection equipment (PPE) supplies to small Portland businesses (30 or fewer employees) that physically interact with the public on a daily basis.  As we continue to live within a pandemic, PPE (disposable masks, hand sanitizer and surface disinfectant) is crucial for maintaining safe business operations.  It is, however, impacting the budgets of small businesses when many are facing financial challenges.

If a business is interested in picking up some FREE supplies, it is invited to send an email as soon as possible with the business’ name, physical address, and number of employees to the city’s Economic Development Department at:  Details for pick-up will then be provided to those businesses that submit an email to the Economic Development Department.  This email response will be the business’ coupon for the free supplies.

For as long as they last, the PPE available to each business will include up to:

Four boxes of disposable masks (50 masks/box); One hands-free dispenser for hand sanitizer (requires 4C batteries); One gallon of hand sanitizer and gel for filling and refilling the dispenser; and three quarts of high quality surface disinfectant.

The press release does not indicate whether or not this offer is extended to non-profits as well as small businesses. has inquired about that, but has not received a response yet.

Portland thanks the State of Maine for making this campaign possible.