COVID-19 Prevention Checklists - Archive

COVID-19 Prevention Checklists

This page will no longer be updated after 9/30/20

Please download the general checklist (for all industries), and your industry-specific checklist, to identify best practices for safely operating your business during COVID-19. Please note these checklists may be updated as new information about COVID-19 or safe business practices emerge. New industry checklists will be distributed ahead of each staged opening to allow businesses to prepare.

All Businesses

The general checklist contains important guidance for all businesses to follow to operate safely and prevent the spread of COVID-19. This includes restroom and public area cleanliness, disinfecting surfaces and equipment, and ensuring physical distancing. If your business or organization does not have a specific checklist, please use the general checklist as your guidance to open when permitted to do so.

General checklist

General checklist in: Arabic (PDF), French (PDF), Somali (PDF), Spanish (PDF)


Stage 1 Openings (May 1, All Counties)




Health care

Outdoor recreation

Personal services

Real Estate

Guidelines for Real Estate as an Essential Business (released 5/27/20)




Stage 2 Openings (June 1, All Counties)

Public Gatherings


Outdoor recreation

Personal services 


Education and Training



Rural Reopening Plan

For Aroostook, Piscataquis, Washington, Hancock, Somerset, Franklin, Oxford, Kennebec, Waldo, Knox, Lincoln, Penobscot, and Sagadahoc counties

Certain businesses in these 13 Maine counties, which have not experienced community transmission of COVID-19, are now permitted to open on the following schedule.

May 11

May 18

June 12

Stage 3 Openings (July 1, All Counties)


  • Bars and Tasting Rooms (indoor service) (opening date has been postponed)
  • Short Term Rentals (released 7/9/2020)

Outdoor recreation



Personal services


COVID-19 Prevention Form

In order to open, businesses must commit to complying with requirements of these checklists by filling out this short online formPlease 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.

Download badges

DECD has created badges–for businesses that have used the checklist and filled out the compliance form–to voluntarily post on their doors, website or social media channels to help instill consumer confidence in their operations.