Drive-in Theaters

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 on the Restarting Maine website.

This is one of many industry guidance documents for business that 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.

Drive-in Theaters

General Guidance

  • The number of individuals that can gather in a shared space must not exceed the limit established by the Governor’s Executive Order. Individuals enclosed in their vehicles do not count against the gathering limit.
    • People in a shared space must be able to maintain 6 feet of physical distance. If the shared spaces at your facility, e.g. restroom or concession areas, 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.
  • All gathering limits as further established by the Governor's Executive Order are subject to the following limits: (Updated 3/5/21)
    • All indoor gathering limits:
      • Effective March 26, 2021 through May 23, 2021: 50% of permitted occupancy or 50 persons, whichever is greater.
      • Effective May 24, 2021 and thereafter: 75% of permitted occupancy or 50 persons, whichever is greater.
    • Any outdoor gathering taking place at a facility or event that is subject to a permitted occupancy limit is subject to the following limits:
      • Effective March 26, 2021 through May 23, 2021: 75% of permitted occupancy.
      • Effective May 24, 2021 and thereafter: 100% of permitted occupancy.
  • 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.
  • Provide patrons with new protocols at the time of ticket sales online and again at the theater with signage.
  • Limit customer face-to-face transactions to the maximum extent possible using online ticket sales and phone or online concession purchases.
  • Keep common areas such as picnic areas closed. (Updated 6/10/20)
  • Outdoor playgrounds can be used with appropriate care. Post signage advising the use of hand sanitizer both before and after use of the playground and maintaining physical distancing as much as possible. (Updated 6/10/20)
  • Patrons should sit inside vehicle.  
  • Patrons should listen through car speakers or with a portable speaker.
  • Increase the distance between cars to the extent possible, with no less than 6 feet between vehicles.
  • Conduct an evaluation of your facility to identify and apply operational changes in order to maintain physical distancing.
  • Concession sales should allow for physical distancing of at least 6 ft. between customers. Curbside concessions may be available for pickup upon entry to the theater to minimize crowding at concession stands.
  • No shared bulk food or supply items should be made available to customers. Individual-use items can be provided instead. (Updated 1/28/21)
  • Refer to the food and drink service checklist on the DECD site for more information about food preparation and sales.
  • Encourage patrons to leave with their own trash items.
  • Limit restroom occupancy for group restrooms to incorporate physical distancing and avoid formation of waiting lines outside of restrooms.
  • Provide sanitization materials, such as sanitizing wipes, to employees to clean equipment before/after use.
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch areas routinely. Potential areas of cleaning focus include:
    • 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.
    • 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.