COVID-19: Communities, Workplaces, and Schools
Communities, workplaces, and schools all play a role in helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
On this page:
- Community Mitigation
- Businesses and Workplaces
- Schools and Child Care
- Additional U.S. CDC Guidance
- Guidance and Other Resources
Community mitigation activities are actions that people and communities can take to slow the spread of infectious diseases, including COVID-19. Mitigation strategies include:
- Personal protective measures (handwashing, wearing face coverings, etc) that individuals can use while in community settings
- Social distancing (maintaining physical distancing of 6 feet or more from others)
- Environmental surface cleaning at home and in community settings like schools and businesses
Worker safety and support is critical to responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. U.S. CDC has many resources available including health and safety steps for specific occupations.
Maine's Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) has industry specific COVID-19 prevention checklists for safely operating businesses. New industry checklists will be distributed ahead of each staged opening to allow businesses to prepare. A general checklist (PDF) is available for all businesses to follow and can be used if your business/organization does not have a specific checklist. For questions about checklists or what you need to do to open your business, please contact Maine DECD by calling 1-800-872-3838 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
U.S. CDC also has guidance available for cleaning and disinfecting facilities as well as guidance for reopening buidings after shutdown.
As businesses work on updating and revising their safety plans and contingency plans for if a case is identified in their workplace, a number of questions may come up that businesses need help answering. First, check to see if U.S. CDC has addressed the question in their frequently asked questions website for businesses. If that question is not addressed, you can contact Maine CDC at 1-800-821-5821 or by email at email@example.com (this email is not secure and patient information should not be sent).
Please see Maine's Department of Education (Maine DOE) webpage for COVID-19 for the most recent updates and resources for schools.
U.S. CDC also has Interim Guidance for Administrators of K-12 Schools and Child Care Programs available. This guidance should be used in collaboration with Guidance from Maine DOE. Additional Guidance from U.S. CDC is available for Child Care Programs, including a Child Care Decision Tool to help assist directors and administrators in making (re) opening decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you are looking for child care, please visit the Child Care Choices website. Please visit Maine's Child Care Subsidy Program website for information on the Child Care Subsidy Program and information on applying.
- Guidance for Communities of Faith
- Guidance for Parks and Recreational Facilities
- Guidance for Colleges and Universities
Help Protect Yourself and Others from COVID-19 (PDF)
Symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19) (PDF)
Customer and Visitor Screening Poster (PDF)
Please Wear a Cloth Face Covering (PDF)
Multilingual Wash Your Hands Poster (PDF)
Wash Your Hands Poster (PDF)
Breakroom Sign (Color) (PDF)
Breakroom Sign (Black and White) (PDF)
Wash Hands Reminder (Color) (PDF)
Wash Hands Reminder (Black and White) (PDF)
Maximum Occupancy Sign (PDF)
School Prevention Poster (PDF)
Work Prevention Poster (PDF)
Pre-screening Tool for School Attendance - Maine Department of Education (PDF)
Child Feels/Appears Unwell Flowchart - Maine Department of Education (PDF)
What to do if your employee tests positive for COVID-19 (PDF)
Home Symptoms Screening Checklist (PDF)
Quarantine Guidance for Healthcare and Critical Infrastructure Workers with COVID-19 Exposure (PDF)
Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employee Rights (PDF)
Best Practices for Retail Food Stores, Restaurants, and Food Pick-Up/ Delivery Services During COVID-19 Pandemic (PDF)
Mental Health Resources During COVID-19 (PDF)
Ending COVID‐19 Isolation in Non‐Healthcare Settings (PDF) عربي | Français | Português | Soomaali | Español
Ending Quarantine and Return to Work if You Are Exposed to a COVID‐19 Case (PDF) عربي | Français | Português | Soomaali | Español
Button Templates (PDF)
Universal Testing Frequently Asked Questions for Businesses (PDF)