A recent state executive order provides greater flexibility in gathering limits for houses of worship in Maine. Religious establishments may now accommodate five people per 1,000 square feet of space, or up to 50 people, whichever is greater.

Previously, the number of people who could gather in houses of worship was limited to 50. The new limit is the same as that applied to retail spaces. The necessity to wear face coverings and maintain at least six feet of distance from others remains in effect for all venues.

The COVID-19 Checklist for Religious Gatherings has been updated to reflect the change.

COVID-19 checklists for performing arts venues and for seated food and drink service have been updated to allow for expanded singing opportunities in certain circumstances. The Maine Department of Education has updated its choral guidance to allow for indoor singing, with masking and physical distancing.

Visit maine.gov to view updated state checklists.