Face Covering FAQs

As of May 24, 2021, Maine is no longer requiring masks in most settings. However, wearing a mask remains recommended by the U.S. CDC for people who are not fully vaccinated or not yet able to receive the vaccine. 

Face Coverings FAQs

Where are face coverings required? 

As of May 24, 2021, Maine requires masks to be worn in schools and child care settings, where people ages 5 and older must wear one while indoors. Masks are not required outdoors at these settings.

The U.S. CDC requires that people wear masks in all forms of public transportation, such as planes, buses, and trains.

The U.S. CDC specifically recommends that people wear masks in health care settings and in congregate living settings like jails and shelters.

I am not fully vaccinated. Do I need to wear a mask?

U.S. CDC guidance recommends that people age 5 and older wear masks while at indoor public settings until they are fully vaccinated. Aside from vaccination, wearing a mask remains one of the most effective ways of protecting yourself and your family against the virus.

I am fully vaccinated. Do I need to wear a mask?

U.S. CDC has detailed guidance for people who are fully vaccinated. People who are fully vaccinated could consider wearing a mask in public places as an example to children until a vaccine is available for them.

Can businesses or organizations require face coverings?

Yes. Businesses and other organizations may adopt policies for their employees or clients that require wearing a mask, require vaccination, or require proof of vaccination in order to avoid wearing a mask.

What is considered fully vaccinated? 

You are considered fully vaccinated after at least 14 days following the completion of your COVID-19 vaccination series. For individuals who receive the two-shot Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, this starts after the second dose. For individuals receiving the single-shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine, this starts after the single dose.

How does wearing a face covering prevent the spread of COVID-19?

COVID-19 is an airborne virus that most commonly spreads between people who are in close contact with one another. It spreads through respiratory droplets or small particles, such as those in aerosols, produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, sings, talks, or breathes. Because it helps contain respiratory droplets, wearing a face covering has been proven to be one of the most significant, effective, and easiest ways to reduce the spread of COVID-19.