Car Washes

COVID19 Prevention Checklist Industry Guidance

Last updated: Mar 5, 2021

The State of Maine has adopted a staged approach, supported by science, public health expertise, and industry collaboration, to allow Maine businesses to safely open when the time is right. The plan is available at

This is one of many industry guidance documents the State is preparing for businesses so they can be prepared to meet health guidelines and reopen safely. Please make sure you pair this document with the general guidance document that applies to all industries, which is available on

Please note: This document may be updated as additional information and resources become available. 

Car Washes

Limit the number of individuals that can gather in a shared space, in accordance with Executive Orders from the Office of the Governor.

  • Gatherings and in-store customer limits as further established by the Governor's Executive Order are subject to the following limits: (Updated 3/5/21)
    • All indoor gatherings and in-store customer limits:
      • 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.
      • 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.
  • People in a shared space must be able to maintain 6 feet of physical distance. If a space in your building 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.
  • Place signage at entrances and throughout the store alerting staff and customers to the required occupancy limits, six feet of physical distance, and policy on cloth face covering.
  • Encourage customers to limit the number of people they bring into the business. Solo shop when possible.
  • Support physical distance between customer and personnel by taping off 6 feet distance from counters, service desks, and sales stations.
  • Require all staff, vendors, and customers to wear a face covering, per CDC recommendations and pertinent Executive Orders from the Office of the Governor. (Updated 11/5/20)
  • Require employees to practice good hand hygiene with frequent handwashing, especially after contact with customers and high-touch surfaces.
  • Notify customers of updated protocols and procedures in advance through website. Post updated protocols and procedures at business location.
  • Customers should declutter vehicles before receiving interior service to minimize staff contact with items inside the vehicle.
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch areas routinely, including self-vacuum areas, restrooms, pay stations, and vending machines.
  • Consider providing readily accessible cleaning “kits” including disinfectant wipes or sprays, disposable gloves, paper towels, cloth face coverings, hand sanitizer and other cleaning supplies throughout the business, including point of sale terminals and other stations that will be cleaned periodically throughout the day.
  • Consider using contactless payment options, such as online payment, self-pay stations, or registers with RFID credit and debit card reading, Apple Pay, Google Pay, etc.

COVID-19 Prevention Form

In order to open, businesses must 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 or 1-800-872-3838.