Dog Grooming

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. 

Dog Grooming


  • Require all staff, vendors, and clients to maintain 6 feet of physical distance from individuals who are not part of their household group whenever possible. (Updated 6/10/20)
  • Require all staff, vendors, and customers to wear a face covering, per CDC recommendations and pertinent Executive Orders from the Office of the Governor. Face coverings are not required when individuals are alone in personal offices. (Updated 11/5/20)
  • The number of individuals that can gather in a shared space must not exceed the limit established by the Governor’s Executive Order. (Updated 6/10/20)
    • Maintaining physical distancing of 6 feet and wearing face coverings are the primary tools to avoid transmission of respiratory droplets between individuals. If an indoor space cannot accommodate the gathering limit without complying with the six-foot distancing requirement, attendance must be limited to allow for such compliance.
  • All indoor 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)
    • 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.
  • Require employees to practice good hand hygiene with frequent handwashing, especially after contact with customers and high-touch surfaces. (Updated 5/27/20)
  • Communicate with clients via telephone or video-chat to avoid in-person conversations as much as possible. (Updated 6/10/20)
  • Provide updated protocols and procedures on website in advance of the grooming appointment.
  • Schedule drop-off appointments to receive and return pets. In-store drop-off and pick-up are allowed, although maintaining curbside service options is encouraged. (Updated 6/10/20)
  • Clients can text groomer upon arrival to the salon and groomers can text clients for pick-up.
  • 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. (Updated 6/10/20)
  • Dog grooming should not be allowed if someone in the client household is currently ill with COVID.
  • Grooming salons will supply their own leashes so there is no hand-off of an owner’s leash at time of service.
  • Signage regarding updated protocols and procedures should be posted visible to clients.
  • For salons located in larger facilities, maintain 6 feet of physical distance between clients and groomers or other staff. Taping on the floor is suggested to support physical distance awareness.
  • Client families must not congregate in salons.
  • Maintain physical distancing in businesses with multiple groomers by limiting the number of groomers working together at the same time, working at every other table, and allowing only one employee at a time in the pet bathing area.
  • Grooming inside a client home is not allowed at this time. Grooming services may be provided only in mobile units, salons or stores.
  • Provide sanitization materials, such as sanitizing wipes, to employees to clean work tools and equipment before/after use. (Updated 5/27/20)
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch areas routinely. Potential areas of cleaning focus include: (Updated 5/27/20)
    • Shared grooming equipment and workspaces.
    • Door and drawer handles.
    • Light and other power switches (consider signage to keep lights on at all times, or utilizing exiting motion sensor capabilities).
    • Chairs, tables, and benches.
    • Refrigerators, microwaves, and other frequently touched objects and surfaces in employee breakroom.
    • Point of sale/checkout:
      • Cash register, including touch screens, keyboards, mouse.
      • PIN Pads (touch screen, keypad, and pen).
      • Checkout counter.
      • Checkout dividers.
    • Restrooms
      • Toilet bowl, toilet paper holder, and flush lever.
      • Sinks and faucets.
      • Paper towel holders and/or air dryers.
      • Diaper-changing stations.

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.