COVID-19 Prevention Checklists

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 (PDF)

View the COVID-19 Prevention Checklist FAQs

Stage 1 Openings (May 1, All Counties)




Health care

Outdoor recreation

Personal services

Real Estate

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




Rural Reopening Plan

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

Certain businesses in these 12 Maine counties, which have not experienced community transmission of COVID-19, are now permitted to open on the following schedule.

May 11

May 18

Stage 2 Openings (June 1, All Counties)

Public Gatherings


  • Restaurants (updated 5/27/20)
  • Lodging (PDF) (Open to Maine residents and out-of-state residents who have completed quarantine guidelines.)  (released 5/20/20)

Outdoor recreation

Personal services 

  • Fitness and Exercise Gyms  (Opening date to be determined in June)
  • Nail Technicians (PDF) (released 5/14/20) (Opening date to be determined in June)
  • Tanning salons (release 5/20/20)


  • All retail businesses

Education and Training


Stage 3 Openings (July 1, All Counties)


  • Bars (Checklist coming in June)
  • Lodging, such as hotels, campgrounds, summer camps, or RV parks for Maine residents and visitors. The Administration is developing guidelines (e.g. potential testing requirements) to assist them in safely reopening.

Outdoor recreation

Personal services

  • Spas (Checklist coming in June)
  • Tattoo and Piercing Parlors (Checklist coming in June)
  • Massage Facilities (Checklist coming in June)
  • Cosmetologists and Estheticians (Checklist coming in June)
  • Electrolysis Services (Checklist coming in June)
  • Laser Hair Removal Services, and Similar Personal Care and Treatment Facilities and Services (Checklist coming in June)

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.