Indoor/Outdoor Amusements

COVID19 Prevention Checklist Industry Guidance

Last updated: Apr 30, 2021

The State of Maine has adopted a multi-layered approach to COVID-19 guidance—supported by science, public health expertise, and industry collaboration—to help Maine businesses and community organizations operate safely. As we enter the second year of the pandemic, these updated guidelines highlight the importance of employing multi-layered mitigation strategies to keep Maine businesses, employees, and residents as safe as possible from COVID-19 transmission. Public health guidance will continue to evolve as we learn which mitigation strategies most effectively reduce transmission risk.

No single measure or action will completely prevent transmission of COVID-19. Use of multiple strategies—sometimes called layered mitigation—provides greater protection than implementing a single strategy alone. When multiple mitigation strategies—including masking, physical distancing, hand hygiene, and ventilation—are consistently and correctly used, risk of transmission is decreased. 

Please make sure you pair this industry-specific guidance with the general guidance available at https://www.maine.gov/decd/covid-19-prevention-checklists.

For the latest information on travel policies and Executive Orders related to COVID-19 visit the Office of the Governor’s COVID-19 Response website: https://www.maine.gov/covid19.

Amusement venues, both indoors and outdoors, bring people from multiple communities into close contact with each other and have the potential to increase COVID-19 transmission. The primary tools to control the spread of COVID-19 are to reduce exposure to respiratory droplets through physical distancing and masks, increase hand hygiene, and avoid shared items and common touch surfaces. The goals of this guidance are to protect people attending and working at the amusement venue and the local community from COVID-19 infection; and to reduce community transmission and introductions of COVID-19 into new communities.

Indoor/Outdoor Amusements

Specific amusement features to consider when planning:

  • crowd density
  • nature of contact between participants (for example, indoors or outdoors, the layout of the venue)
  • number of participants coming from states or areas more heavily impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak age or health of participants

Projection of respiratory particles is increased during singing, yelling, dancing, and physical exertion. These activities increase the transmission risk of COVID-19, particularly in crowded areas and indoor settings.

If activities include prolonged interaction between participants, operators should maintain a record of participants including contact information for contact tracing purposes to the extent practicable. Based on current scientific knowledge, a close contact is someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more starting from 48 hours before illness onset until the time the patient is isolated. An individual is also considered a close contact if they provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19, had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them), shared eating or drinking utensils, or if the person sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on them.

General Guidance

  1. Require all individuals to maintain 6 feet of physical distance from anyone who is not part of their household group or travel party whenever possible.
  2. Masks must be worn by all individuals in accordance with pertinent Executive Orders from the Office of the Governor. Masks are required indoors and recommended outdoors when 6 feet of physical distance is difficult to maintain. (Updated 4/30/21)
  3. Establishments must comply with the following capacity limits, as established by Executive Order:
    1. All indoor gatherings and in-store customer limits:
      1. Effective March 26, 2021 through May 23, 2021: 50% of permitted occupancy or 50 persons (or 5 people per 1,000 square feet for retail establishments), whichever is greater.
      2. Effective May 24, 2021 and thereafter: 75% of permitted occupancy or 50 persons (or 5 people per 1,000 square feet for retail establishments), whichever is greater.
    2. Any outdoor gathering taking place at a facility or event that is subject to a permitted occupancy limit is subject to the following limits:
      1. Effective March 26, 2021 through May 23, 2021: 75% of permitted occupancy.
      2. Effective May 24, 2021 and thereafter: 100% of permitted occupancy
    3. People in a shared space must be able to maintain 6 feet of physical distance from individuals outside of their household group/travel party. If a space cannot accommodate individuals maintaining 6 feet of physical distance, further restrict the number of individuals allowed in that space beyond the limits established by Executive Order.

Event Staff and Entertainment Personnel

  1. Large gatherings must be ticketed events with registered participants.
  2. Out-of-state staff, vendors, and guests must follow the testing and quarantine requirements of the Moving Maine Forward plan.
    1. Event organizers should include information on the requirements of the Moving Maine Forward plan on ticketing websites and at points of in-person ticket sales.
  3. Staff must stay at home if they are sick. Supervisors must ask all staff to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms using either of the following approaches:
    1. Self-screen using the following questions:
    2. Use an electronic or app-based self-screening form, such as the Coronavirus Self-Checker available on the federal CDC’s COVID-19 homepage.
      • In the past two weeks, have you been exposed to anyone who tested positive for COVID-19?
      • Do you feel ill or have you been caring for someone who is ill?
  4. Consider employee training in safe de-escalation techniques.
  5. Entertainment personnel must follow physical distancing and mask guidelines.
    1. Activities like singing or using a projected voice project respiratory droplets in greater quantity and over a greater distance, increasing the risk of COVID-19 transmission, particularly with prolonged exposure. Maintain at least 14 feet of separation—and more if possible—between audience members and performers. Maximize physical spacing between performers on stage. Face shields are recommended for singers in addition to masks, if practical.
    2. Performances without singing and/or wind instruments present a lower-risk of COVID-19 transmission. Consider pursuing these types of entertainment options.
    3. Because singing is a higher risk activity, a well-fitting mask is recommended. (Updated 4/30/21)
    4. Transmission risk increases with the duration of the performance. Consider limiting the duration of performances.
    5. In indoor settings, performances that include singing or playing of brass or woodwind instruments must not take place at times when patrons may be eating or drinking.
    6. In outdoor settings, performances with singing or playing of brass or woodwind instruments may take place while patrons are eating or drinking.
    7. Where possible, install barriers to minimize travel of respiratory droplets from vocalists and brass and woodwind instruments. Set up bands to maximize physical distancing between musicians. Consider installing sneeze guards/mute shields between musicians, if possible.
    8. Karaoke presents unique COVID-19 mitigation challenges. Karaoke should not take place in indoor settings where the audience will not be wearing masks (i.e. when patrons are eating or drinking). Karaoke participants must wear masks indoors at all times. (Updated 4/30/21) Any shared equipment (i.e. microphones) should be cleaned and disinfected between uses.

Guests

  1. Household groups/travel parties are considered up to 10 people.
  2. Inform guests of your COVID-19 policies and procedures in advance, if possible, via website, newsletters, social media assets, newspaper, etc.
  3. Remind guests that anyone who feels sick or has any COVID-19-like symptoms, must stay home and not attend the event. Signage reminding individuals of the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 is recommended.
  4. Guests must wear masks indoors while dancing and maintain six feet of physical distancing when possible. (Updated 4/30/21)

Building and Operational Considerations

  1. Take steps to improve ventilation in buildings.
    1. Increase the percentage of outdoor air (e.g., using economizer modes of HVAC operations) potentially as high as 100% (first verify compatibility with HVAC system capabilities for both temperature and humidity control as well as compatibility with outdoor/indoor air quality considerations).
    2. Increase total airflow supply to occupied spaces, if possible.
    3. Disable demand-control ventilation (DCV) controls that reduce air supply based on temperature or occupancy.
    4. Consider using natural ventilation (i.e., opening windows if possible and safe to do so) when environmental conditions and building requirements allow.
    5. Consider relocating programming to an outdoor or other nontraditional venue that allows for increased physical distancing and airflow.
    6. If successive group activities are scheduled to take place in the same space, schedule a break before the space is used again to allow the central HVAC system to exchange the air in the space. A minimum of one air exchange (which 20 minutes will generally achieve) prior to the next use of the room is recommended, with three air exchanges preferable.
  2. Take steps to ensure that all water systems and features are safe to use after a prolonged facility shutdown to minimize the risk of disease. Further guidance is available from the CDC (see: Guidance for Reopening Buildings After Prolonged Shutdown or Reduced Operation).
  3. Inform visitors of your COVID-19 policies and procedures in advance, if possible, via website, newsletters, social media channels, newspaper, ticket purchasing site, etc.
  4. Place signage at entrances and throughout buildings (particularly high traffic areas such as service counters and usher podiums), alerting staff and patrons to required capacity limits, physical distancing requirements, mask policies, and symptoms of COVID-19. The federal CDC has developed printable posters on these topics (see: Print Resources).
  5. Establishments should remind guests and staff that anyone who feels sick or has any COVID-19-like symptoms, must stay home and not visit the establishment. Signage reminding individuals of the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 is recommended.
  6. Consider installing non-porous physical barriers such as partitions or Plexiglas barriers to protect staff, guests, and performers. Barriers should be placed at visitor information desks, service counters, usher podiums, and other similar locations where it may not be possible to maintain a minimum of 6 feet of physical distance.
  7. Limit activities that require individuals to enter within 6 feet of another person, regardless of whether physical barriers are installed.
  8. Modify building/venue traffic flow to minimize contact between staff, contractors, and visitors. Use floor decals and/or signage to establish travel patterns.
    1. Consider one-way entrances and exits, if possible.
    2. Consider establishing one-way travel patterns through the venue.
    3. Ensure that physical distancing is maintained in elevators and stairwells. Consider limiting the number of individuals in an elevator at one time and designating one directional stairwell.
  9. Minimize shared touch surfaces such as pens, tablets, receipts, etc.
  10. Consider restricting the use of water fountains to refill only with instruction for individuals to wash hands or use hand sanitizer after use.
  11. If an individual becomes ill at the establishment have a plan for a room or space where the person can be isolated until transferred home or to a health care facility and provide a mask, if available and tolerated.
  12. For contact tracing purposes, to the extent practicable, establishments should maintain a record including one name and contact information per household group/travel party.
    1. Based on current scientific knowledge, a close contact is someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more starting from 48 hours before illness onset until the time the patient is isolated. An individual is also considered a close contact if they provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19, had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them), shared eating or drinking utensils, or if the person sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on them.
  13. Establishments should promptly notify the Maine DHHS, CDC or any local health official if they learn an employee or other worker has tested positive for COVID-19 and assist all such officials as reasonably requested to trace likely contacts and advise contacts to isolate and self-quarantine.
  14. Food service operations should follow state guidance on safe operation of food and drink service.
    1. Drink or popcorn refills should not be allowed unless served in a clean, unused container.
    2. To the extent possible, use contactless dispensers in food service areas.
    3. Use of prepackaged food and beverages is encouraged.
    4. Masks do not need to be worn while an individual is actively eating or drinking.
  15. Retail spaces should follow state guidance on safe operation of retail businesses.
  16. Review procedures and policies for cleaning and disinfection ensure alignment with CDC guidelines. (see: Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility, How to Disinfect).
  17. Evaluate locker/personal storage arrangements. Close or rotate sections to allow for appropriate physical distancing. Consider positioning an employee in the locker/storage area to limit the number of people in the space at one time. Clean and disinfect locker areas regularly.
  18. Rented or shared items including pool cues, pool balls, putters, golf balls, bats, helmets, ice and roller skates, and any other equipment should be cleaned and disinfected between each use. To the greatest extent possible, equipment should not be shared between individuals who are not part of the same household group/travel party.
  19. If applicable, consider using disposable VR mask covers in addition to standard cleaning and disinfection practices.
  20. Playgrounds and inflatables are allowable if individuals wear a mask indoors, maintain 6 feet of physical distancing, and wash their hands or use hand sanitizer before and after visiting playground/inflatable areas. (Updated 4/30/21) Playground and inflatables should be cleaned regularly.
  21. Ball pits and foam pits are strongly discouraged at this time, as they are difficult to clean and disinfect regularly.

Ingress, Egress, and Common Areas

  1. Eliminate waiting lines to the greatest extent practicable. Where lines are unavoidable, ensure 6 feet of distance between individuals. This can be accomplished by demarcating 6-foot distances on floors or walls.
    1. Consider scheduling patron arrival times to stagger arrivals and avoid crowding.
    2. Eliminate “zig-zag” queue patterns that make physical distance difficult to maintain.
    3. If an ingress queue consistent with physical distancing would cause the line to extend into a road or pedestrian walkway, consult with local public safety authorities to determine where to safely queue guests.
  2. When developing your plan for managing waiting lines, consider the various locations were lines may form, including entrances and exits, waiting areas for amusement rides and attractions, food and beverage operations, and restrooms.
  3. To the extent practicable, alter security protocols to allow for compliance with physical distancing, proper hand hygiene, and cleaning and disinfection practices.
    1. If bag checks are part of a venue’s security protocols, avoid touching patron personal items. Consider enforcing a small clear bag policy in which patrons open their own bags for inspection. Alternatively, consider prohibiting bags entirely, although exceptions will likely be necessary for medicine or personal hygiene products.
    2. Walk-through magnetometers are effective at detecting metallic objects while allowing security workers to maintain physical distance. Hand wands are a less costly alternative that still allow no-contact metal detection, but they require the security worker to be closer than six feet from the patron, so they are less optimal from a health perspective. Pat-downs present the highest risk for transmission. It is strongly recommended that any worker conducting a pat-down search wear a mask and gloves and have access to a hand washing or sanitizing station.
  4. Indoor crowding should be minimized where possible, and amusement operators should implement strategies to reduce close contact among people.
    1. Eliminate waiting areas and lines to the greatest extent practicable. Where lines are unavoidable, ensure 6 feet of distance between individuals. This can be accomplished by demarcating 6-foot distances on floors or walls.
    2. Modify traffic flow in the venue to minimize contact between staff, contractors, and visitors; consider one-way entrances and exits, if possible. Use floor decals and/or signage to establish travel patterns.
    3. To the extent practicable, designate separate restrooms, concession, or other offered services to different sections of the venue to prevent intermingling.
    4. Consider designated entrances and exits to minimize face-to-face exposure of individuals entering and exiting the establishment.
  5. Due to concerns about crowd density and crowd control, parades are not recommended at this time.

Ticketing

  1. Utilize remote ticketing options to manage direct interaction with customers.
  2. If paper tickets are used, establish will-call pickup time slots to avoid crowding. Encourage patrons to pick up tickets in advance of the performance date.
  3. Consider adopting touchless ticket scanning, during which the patron retains the ticket or electronic device during scanning.

Restrooms

  1. Limit restroom occupancy for group restrooms to accommodate physical distancing. Avoid formation of waiting lines outside of restrooms.
  2. Clean and disinfect restrooms on a regular and scheduled basis (see General Cleaning and Disinfecting section).
  3. Post handwashing signs in all restrooms.

Portable Toilets

  1. Lower the ratio of attendees per portable toilet to minimize the creation of lines.
  2. If possible, increase the space between portable toilets to maximum physical distancing between lines.
  3. Demarcate 6 foot distances on the ground or with signage in any areas where lines may form.
  4. Ensure that each portable toilet is stocked with hand sanitizer and/or that hand washing stations are available.
  5. Staff should monitor and restock supplies and monitor lines.

Transactions

  1. Limit cash and paper receipt transactions; Promote “contactless” payment options (e.g., online payments, pay by phone options, RFID credit and debit cards, Apple Pay, Google Pay, etc.).
  2. Wash hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) after handling cash.
  3. Where possible, card readers should be placed in front of physical barriers so visitors can swipe their own cards and enter their codes. Card readers and keypads should be cleaned and disinfected regularly. Hand sanitizer should be made available for patrons before and after transactions.

Special Considerations for Outdoor Amusement Activities

  1. Attractions utilizing shared equipment (e.g. controls/handles, harnesses, seats) should be cleaned and disinfected frequently.
  2. Guest touch locations such as kiosks, interactive displays, and video/arcade games should be cleaned and disinfected frequently. Consider providing sanitizing wipes or hand sanitizer near these locations.
  3. Rides or amusements that cannot be cleaned and disinfected frequently are discouraged.
  4. Amusements with seating should maintain a minimum of 6 feet between household groups/travel parties. Non-compliant benches, booths, seats, and machines should be physically marked with tape, signage, or barriers to prevent use.

Rides, Attractions, and Exhibits

  1. It may not be possible to open some attractions if compliance with 6-foot distancing, cleaning and disinfection, and masking requirements cannot be implemented or upheld.
  2. Evaluate the speed and other dynamics of each attraction to determine if masks of various types (e.g., common surgical masks with loops around the ears, fabric face coverings with ties around the head) can be safely worn and secured on rides. Masks should not present a loose-article hazard or interfere with the safe operation of the attraction.
  3. Reduce the number of guests per ride vehicle to facilitate physical distancing between riders of different household groups/travel parties. This may be accomplished by requiring empty rows and/or seats between riders. Remain cognizant of the need to balance the ride, if required by the ride manufacturer.
  4. To ensure compliance with physically distanced loading and seating arrangements, ride operators or attendants are encouraged to assign seats to riders. Develop a method to count and pre-group the appropriate number of riders for a ride cycle.
  5. Provide hand sanitizer stations with guidance for visitors to sanitize before and after going on rides.
  6. Clean and disinfect of high-touch surfaces on rides and attractions.
    1. Frequently clean and disinfect to the extent possible ride surfaces touched by guests or employees, including handrails, armrests, restraints, lap bars, grips, seatbelt, harnesses, ride storage areas for guests’ personal belongings, etc.  Encourage guests to use hand sanitizer before and after rides.
    2. Cleaning and disinfection approaches should be based on the guidelines provided on the cleaning chemicals and the surface being cleaned.
    3. Make sure rides are secured (including safety lockouts as needed) so employees can safely access the areas they need to clean.
    4. Clean and disinfect control and dispatch panels between each employee rotation.
  7. Consider refining height check operations to make them touch-free and easy to manage/view from a few feet away (e.g., highly visible height markers, an elevated bar for guests to stand under). If a venue includes attractions with age, weight and/or height requirements, consider developing a system for issuing a credential such as a wristband or bracelet to verify eligibility to ride certain categories of rides.
  8. Follow manufacturer guidelines/standard operating protocols to ensure restraints are locked, seatbelts are fastened, and riders are properly secured.
  9. As a general rule, employees should avoid physical contact with guests.
    1. Person-to-person contact while providing loading and unloading assistance raises the risk of transmission. If a guest needs assistance, employees should ask one of the guest’s travel party to provide the assistance, if possible. In the event an employee must assist a guest, the employee should offer a shoulder or an elbow for stability assistance. Employees and guests should wash or sanitize their hands after the interaction.
    2. If children cannot load or unload a ride on their own, ride operators may ask a guardian to assist with loading/unloading.
  10. For walk-through attractions:
    1. Monitor entrance and venue capacity carefully to ensure guests can maintain physical distancing within the space.
    2. Consider implementing a one-way traffic flow though the space.

Entertainment, Shows, and Animal Experiences

  1. Refer to the checklist for Performing Arts Venues, Museums, and Movie Theaters for guidance on safely managing entertainment venues on your premises.
  2. Structure animal feeding/interaction experiences to manage physical distancing in those environments.
  3. Review/reconsider procedures for close contact meet-and-greet interactions with face characters, costume characters, or animals. Be sure to address physical distancing requirements. Consider “drive-by” character experiences in vehicles or appearances on stages to provide visibility from a distance.
  4. Review procedures and policies for cleaning and disinfection of costumes, wigs, and props to ensure alignment with CDC guidelines (see: Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility, How to Disinfect).

Water Parks

  1. While there is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread through water, steps must be taken to reduce the risk of person-to-person transmission by maintaining a physical distance of at least 6 feet from others when in pools or similar areas. Consider not opening an attraction if physical distancing cannot be managed effectively for that attraction.
  2. Masks are recommended outdoors when 6 feet of physical distance is difficult to maintain. (Updated 4/30/21) Whether guests should wear masks on water park attractions depends on the attraction. Operators should assess with their lifeguard company or the ride manufacturer to determine the appropriate guidelines. Masks should not present a loose-article hazard, interfere with the safe operation of the attraction, or present a concern on attractions where guests are or may be fully immersed in water. When a face covering becomes wet or soiled, it should be changed.
  3. Evaluate seating/lounging areas and adjust them to accommodate physical distancing.
  4. In pools, wave pools, and water play/splash pads, manage entry and remind guests to stay 6 feet apart from individuals who are not part of their household group/travel party.
  5. In lazy rivers or other similar attractions, manage entry to maintain reduced capacity that allows for physical distancing. Remind guests to stay 6 feet apart from individuals who are not part of their household groups/travel party.
  6. If a raft or other ride vehicle accommodates more than one guest, that vehicle should only carry members of the same household group/travel party.
  7. If a high-touch surface is not covered in chlorinated pool water, it should be cleaned and disinfected regularly.
  8. For any pool, adequate disinfection will inactivate coronavirus, so careful attention must be paid to ensure that the pool has adequate disinfectant, proper Oxidation-Reduction Potential (ORP) values in pools where that value is measured, and proper recirculation.
  9. Clean and disinfect life jackets between uses following manufacturer cleaning guidance and waiting time period between uses. Encourage patrons to bring their own life jackets if appropriate with facility safety policies.
  10. For guidance on laundering towels, refer to guidance from the federal CDC (see: Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility, How to Disinfect: Laundry).
  11. Periodically clean rescue tubes, dispatch panels, and other shared items used by lifeguards.
  12. High-touch surfaces on lifeguard stands (handrails, ladders, arm rests, etc.) should be cleaned and disinfected between lifeguard rotations.
  13. Consider closing attractions and activities at different times in stages to avoid crowding at lockers, in changing rooms, and at exits.

Special Considerations for Indoor Amusement Activities

Games and Arcades

  1. Machines should be placed to allow for at least 6 feet of physical distancing between individuals. If machines cannot be moved, some machines can be turned off or otherwise inactivated to keep guests from using adjacent machines.
  2. For multi-player games, physical distancing should be maintained between players unless they are part of the same household group/travel party.

Bowling

  1. Hand sanitizing stations should be easily accessible in bowling areas.
  2. Place signage in bowling areas alerting guests to required occupancy limits, physical distancing requirements, mask requirements, symptoms of COVID-19, and other health and hygiene reminders.
  3. Consider limiting the number of bowlers per lane to allow for 6 feet of physical distancing between individuals who are not part of the same household group.
  4. Ensure at least 6 feet of physical distance between groups of bowlers. This could be accomplished by closing every other lane.
  5. The maximum group size per seating area is 8 people. Individuals must remain with their bowling party and not mix with other groups. Ball returns should not be shared between groups of bowlers.
  6. Clean and disinfect all touch points between groups, including all bowling balls, reset buttons, seating, tables, and scoring consoles/tables.
    1. Consider asking bowlers to leave house balls at their lane after bowling, to ensure that staff can clean and disinfect balls before they are returned to the ball rack.
  7. Rental shoes must be disinfected inside and out between each use.
  8. Bowling towels should not be stored in any common area or on tables, ball racks, scoring consoles/tables, etc. Any towels should be used by a single person only.

Laser Tag

  1. Laser tag games should be private ticketed events. This will allow players to enter the confined laser tag arena with their household group/people they know and with who they would likely spend time.
  2. Hand sanitizing stations should be easily accessible at the entrances and exits of laser tag areas.
  3. Place signage in lobby and briefing areas alerting guests to required occupancy limits, physical distancing requirements, mask requirements, symptoms of COVID-19, and other health and hygiene reminders.
  4. Games should be scheduled to allow adequate time to clean and disinfect laser tag areas between games.
  5. Clean and disinfect vests, laser tag gun, and other equipment between uses.
  6. Adapt briefing/training procedures to allow for at least 6 feet of distance between household groups.

Escape Rooms

  1. Escape rooms should be private ticketed events. This will allow players to enter the confined game space with their household group/people they know and would likely spend time.
  2. Require guests to wash their hands before and after the game, either in the bathroom or with hand sanitizer.
  3. Place signage in lobby and briefing areas alerting guests to required occupancy limits, physical distancing requirements, mask requirements, symptoms of COVID-19, and other health and hygiene reminders.
  4. Consider eliminating hoods, blindfolds, and costumes. If used, properly clean and disinfect items between uses per CDC guidance (see: Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility, How to Disinfect: Laundry)
  5. Increase time between games to stagger start times. This will allow for proper cleaning and disinfection of game spaces between games and prevent crowding in lobby areas.
  6. Consider adapting puzzles that will not work with a mask or function safely under these circumstances (e.g., smell puzzles, food/taste puzzles).

Bingo Halls and Other Group Gaming Activities

  1. Consider offering options for remote participation (e.g., telephone, video conference).
  2. Hand sanitizing stations should be easily accessible in game areas.
  3. Place signage in game areas alerting guests to required occupancy limits, physical distancing requirements, mask requirements, symptoms of COVID-19, and other health and hygiene reminders.
  4. Develop a seating plan to ensure at least 6 feet of distance between players.
  5. Where possible, establish different entry and exits from the bingo facility. Use directional arrows to enable required physical distancing when entering and exiting aisles.
  6. Stagger entry into and exit from the bingo hall (e.g., dismiss individuals by household or section, rather than all at once).
  7. Minimize the use of shared touch items including daubers and chips. Encourage participants to bring their own card marking implements or clean and disinfect reusable items between games. Consider using single use Bingo cards.
  8. Where applicable, enhance cleaning and disinfection of E-Bingo devices. Clean and disinfect E-Bingo devices between each guest.
  9. Food service operations in bingo establishments should follow guidance on safe operation of food and drink service.

Indoor Shooting Ranges

  1. Encourage guests to bring their own safety equipment. If providing equipment, use disposable safety equipment (foam ear plugs, safety glasses) or clean and disinfect reusable items between uses.
  2. Ensure 6 feet of distancing between guests using the range. This may be accomplished by closing every other lane.
  3. Clean and disinfect lanes after each use, including touch screen monitors, benches, and tables.

Climbing Structures and Walls

  1. Hand sanitizing stations should be easily accessible to patrons.
  2. Place signage in lobby and climbing areas alerting guests to required occupancy limits, physical distancing requirements, mask requirements, symptoms of COVID-19, and other health and hygiene reminders.
  3. Encourage climbers to use their own equipment if applicable to the setting.
  4. If offering rental gear, clean and disinfect the equipment between uses. Pay attention to the compatibility of any cleaners with the materials you are disinfecting. Always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  5. Consider introducing more space between routes or lines to encourage physical distancing.
  6. Climbing holds and walls cannot be cleaned between ascents or daily in a manner that eliminates transmission risk. Instruct climbers to sanitize their hands before and after climbing.

 COVID-19 Prevention Form

In order to open, if you have not already done so, please commit to complying with requirements of these checklists by filling out this short online form. Please note that religious organizations and licensed health care providers are not required to use this form.

If you have questions, please contact us at business.answers@maine.gov or 1-800-872-3838.