Restarting Maine’s Economy FAQs

Updated: July 22, 2020

 

Q. Where do I find my checklists?

A. CLICK HERE to find your checklist and detailed information on what you will need to do in order to safely re-open your business.

Q. My activity isn’t listed on your checklist page. What guidance should I follow?

A. Some activities can resume operations following the General Guidance or other, similar checklists. Here are some common requests and the checklist(s) they should follow to resume:

Group Checklist to use
Auctions Large gatherings
Dance studios For adults: Gyms and Fitness Centers
For youth: Community Sports For camps: Day Camps
Dog trainers General Guidance
Film and Photography General Guidance
Gymnastics Community Sports For camps: Day Camps
Martial arts studios For adults: Gyms and Fitness Centers
For youth: Community Sports For camps: Day Camps
Mini golf Community Sports
Weddings Large gatherings

Q. What are the badges for and am I required to display one?

A.  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.

Q. My business was on the Essential List, do I need to fill out a checklist and display a badge?

A. No, if your business was listed as essential then you may continue to operate, you do not need to fill out a checklist or display a badge.

Q. My business is not in Stage 1 or Stage 2, can I appeal?

A. The Department of Economic and Community Development welcomes your feedback. We continue to collaborate with businesses to find creative solutions for the re-opening of Maine. Please use this link to provide your information and feedback.

Q. Where can I find guidance on buying or selling a home?

A. Real Estate was deemed an essential business, but there have been some adjustments to the guidelines.

Q. I live out of state, but I keep my boat in Maine. Can I access it?

A. As the State has implemented its quarantine measures to protect public health, DECD has tried to ensure that people who live outside of Maine have access to their personal property in Maine. As such, the Department worked with municipalities to establish a process that allows non-Maine residents access to and use of their property, but these individuals are prohibited from engaging with others while here. The Department believes that upholds the intent of the quarantine, which is to limit interaction, while also allowing people access to their property.

Q. Can my dental practice open?

A. Health care from Maine licensed providers, with a recommendation that they prioritize care for patients with time-sensitive conditions; assure the safety of patients, staff, and communities; manage the use of essential resources such as personal protective equipment and testing supplies; and pace reopening services to the level of community COVID-19 activity, maintaining capacity in our hospitals for potential outbreaks. The complete guidance posted by DHHS can be read HERE.

Q. Can religious services resume?

A. Yes, places of worship may resume religious services. Please see the checklist for guidelines.

Q. How did you decide what businesses could be open and what businesses had to remain closed?

A. Under the Governor’s plan, the stages are based on calendar months, to allow for time to assess the effectiveness of the health and safety precautions put into place and give businesses a predictable timeframe to plan for opening. The earliest stages are focused on resuming business operations and activities which can be conducted in a safe manner, meaning they have a low risk for potential transmission of the virus.  While progression through the stages is planned month-by-month, decisions will be determined by public health metrics. Progress may also change based on virus trends, testing or treatment breakthroughs, or identification of new, safe ways of doing business. 

Q. What businesses in Maine are open?

A. The Department of Economic and Community Development has posted a list of businesses open statewide, this list can be found here.

Q. Can retail stores that were originally classified as non-essential open?

A. Yes, all retail is now open, however there is guidance opening and for the number of people allowed in a store based on square footage.

Q. Is everyone required to wear a face covering?

A. Yes, all individuals must wear cloth face covering in public settings where other physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

Q. When and where do I need to wear a face covering?

A. According to the Governor’s Order to Further Implement the Restarting Plan, Executive Order 55, issued on May 29, 2020, people must wear masks in public settings where social distancing is hard to maintain. This would include:

  1. Indoor spaces open to the public, like supermarkets, retail stores, pharmacies and doctors’ offices.
  2. Outdoor spaces like playgrounds, busy parking lots, lines for takeout (or ice cream!) and other places where the public “typically gathers in a smaller area.”
  3. Public transportation — not just the bus or a train, but also a taxi, Uber or Lyft, or any ride-sharing service. Also, while you’re waiting for the bus or any other transit in a semi-enclosed area, like a bus shelter.

Q. What is considered a face covering?

A. A cloth face covering is a protection that covers the nose and mouth; fits snugly but comfortably against the side of the face; is secured with ties or ear loops; has multiple layers of fabric; allows for breathing without restriction; and can be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to its shape.

Q. Can my day camp have more than 50 participants?

A. The gathering size limit, set to 50 people as of June 1st, applies to the number of people sharing a space (including outdoors) or interacting. Day camps, or other group programs, can in theory have multiple sections of up to 50 people, including any staff or visitors, but they cannot interact in any way. This includes not only active engagement such as collective games but also distanced or brief activities such as using cafeteria, gyms, hallways, or restrooms at the same time. Participants, staff, or visitors should not move between groups, and equipment should not be traded without cleaning and disinfection. Programs would need to take great care to minimize the chances of the COVID-19 virus passing between groups.

Q. If we are operating our restaurants in tents outdoors, can we close the sides?

A. The free airflow of outdoor spaces lowers the transmission risk of COVID-19, which is primarily transmitted through the air. Closing a tent removes that benefit. For that reason, businesses that use tents for their customers need to keep the sides up to maintain airflow, even if there is inclement weather.