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Maine provides updated coronavirus guidelines for child care facilities

Published: Aug. 5, 2020 at 5:59 AM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Maine (WMTW) - The state has updated guidance for child care providers to help ensure safety for staff, children, and family members.

The guidance covers a wide range of issues, including cleaning, masks, drop-off protocols and more.

All children 5 and older are required to wear masks while inside child care facilities. Masks are also required outside when social distancing cannot be ensured. Children ages 2 to 4 are encouraged to wear masks inside. All staff and adults entering the building must wear a mask.

All children, staff, and volunteers should make sure to practice good hand hygiene. Children should be taught how to properly wash their hands and sanitize and should be monitored when using sanitizer to make sure they don't ingest it.

Anyone with a fever of 100.4 F or higher or who is showing other signs of illness should not be allowed to enter a child care facility. Child care facilities are urged to screen children upon arrival.

Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said in his Tuesday COVID-19 briefing, “This is a recognition of two things. One, we need to harmonize it with the same rules that exist for the educational system. The other is, increasing data show the importance and value of face coverings, even as challenging as that may be in younger kids, the value that can have in keeping them safe”.

All facilities are encouraged to have sanitizing stations by the entrance and to limit the number of people allowed past the entrance. Staff should walk children to their designated areas after screening is complete.

Families are also encouraged to have the same person drop off and pick up their child each day. However, the state suggested that older people, including grandparents, should not pick up children due to their increased risks from coronavirus.

You can read the entire guidance for child care facilities at https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/ocfs/documents/covid-19/Updated%20%20Guidance%20for%20ME%20Childcare%20Programs%207.31.2020_FINAL.pdf

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