COVID-19 Guidelines for Food Establishments

COVID-19 Guidelines for Restaurants in Maine

Glove Use

Gloves are not mandated. Per the food code gloves are to be used once hands are washed when they
are touching ready to eat foods like sandwiches.

Face Coverings
Executive Order 14 FY 20/21 requires eating establishments, bars, tasting rooms, social clubs and
lodging operations and accommodations to implement measures requiring customers and employees to
wear face coverings in publicly accessible areas. Such measures may include denial of entry or
service. The establishment’s responsibility under this section is in addition to compliance with all other
applicable Executive Orders, State of Maine guidance and the Restarting Maine’s Economy COVID-19
Prevention Checklists, including requirements governing the use of signage.


A person not wearing a required face covering who seeks to enter an establishment shall first be
informed of the face covering requirements and given a chance to comply by putting on either a cloth
face covering or plastic face shield. If that person continues to refuse and asserts a medical condition as
the reason for the refusal, the operator of the establishment may offer alternative means of service at
curbside or delivery if available as an accommodation but may not permit the person to enter without a
face covering. The establishment operator shall not ask for the nature of the medical condition, or as
for proof.

ADA Employee Accommodation

When discussing face coverings with an employer and the employer states either they or their staff have
medical conditions and cannot wear a face covering, let them know a face shield is required
then. However, there may be a mental health condition or other disability, which would preclude a
person from wearing a mask or face shield. Please do not get into a discussion about an individual’s
disability with the employer. We cannot ask about details of medical conditions, mental health issues or
disabilities, except to learn whether there is one. If the employer insists someone cannot wear a face
shield, then our guidance is to simply refer them to the ADA Coordinator ( who
will advise them on a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The
employer will need to let you know what the corrective action plan is. It is also our understanding that if
the employee cannot be reasonably accommodated, then they might be unable to conduct the duties of
that position.

Eric Dibner’s contact info:
150 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
(207) 592-2087 cell
(207) 623-7950 desk
(207) 287-5292 fax
TTY users call Maine Relay 711

Indoor/Outdoor Gatherings

Establishments must comply with the following occupancy limits for indoor and outdoor seated food
and drink service:

1. For indoor seated gatherings, the total number of people at any one time must be no more than
50% capacity or 100 people total, whichever is less. This includes front-of-house staff. Tables
should be spaced to ensure that guests of separate parties are no less than 6 feet apart when
2. For outdoor seated gatherings, the occupancy limit is 100 people. This includes front-of-house
staff. Establishments with outdoor seating should ensure that they have a back-up plan for
outdoor seating that adheres to physical distance requirements in case of inclement weather.
3. Total occupancy of an establishment (combining indoor maximum of 100 and outdoor maximum
of 100) must not exceed 200 people.
4. The amount of space needed to safely seat patrons will vary based on a number of factors,
including the layout of the establishment. Establishments need to include six feet of physical
distancing, room for seating and patron ability to sit and stand, room on the sides for patrons to
be able to reach their seats, and central aisles or egress routes.
5. If an establishment cannot accommodate the maximum occupancy limit and the physical
distance requirements, occupancy must be further limited to allow for compliance with physical
distance requirements.


Consistent or repeated violations of a restaurant not enforcing employees and customers wearing a face
covering or face shield or non-compliance with the Executive Orders and Department of Economic and
Community Development (DECD) Prevention Checklists will result in the issuance of an IHH if the
violation is substantiated and temporary license suspension for repeated substantiated violations.

EO 14 (FY20/21)

Here is the link to the DECD Seated Food and Drink Service Checklist for more information:

Please contact Lisa Silva at or Rebecca Walsh at if you
have any further questions or need assistance

Help Bring Better Broadband to Bridgton

The county has put out a link to a broadband speed test for
towns to get a handle on service quality and unserved areas of
Bridgton. Quality is most often a matter of speed. This data is
most important for the purposes of funding.
Currently Bridgton is seen as having robust coverage (in the 90%
range), which is contrary to experience and puts us out of reach of
available grants that could help cover costs for expanding
broadband in the town. It is also important to uncover actual
speeds versus stated service speeds from your provider. If you do
not have broadband access at your location, there is a place where
you can report that as well. This will be most important to grant

We hope everyone will take a moment to take the test. Click here
to access the County speed test.

Traveling to Maine-Quarantine Requirements

Travel and Visitor Information

The Keep Maine Healthy plan aims to protect Maine people, protect visitors, and support Maine small businesses by reducing, to the greatest extent possible, COVID-19 risks associated with travel.

The plan relies on three cornerstones:

1) Testing that encourages all visitors to “know before you go”;

2) Screening for symptoms among travelers; and

3) Engaging Maine communities to promote COVID-19-prevention best practices and public health education.

If you are traveling, or planning to travel to Maine, please consult the Keep Maine Healthy plan and FAQs for the latest guidance. A list of Maine COVID-19 testing sites is here.