The CDC recommends washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after visiting a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. (Tip: singing "Happy Birthday" twice takes about 20 seconds.
When you're out and about at a local business and washing your hands isn't an option, grab some hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Stay 6 feet from people who are not in your household. Not sure what 6 feet of distance looks like? Think in terms of some Biddeford staples:
Wearing a mask is the best way to stop the spread of COVID-19! The virus can be spread even by people who do not feel sick. The mask prevents droplets from you mouth or nose from traveling into the air and onto other people. In Maine, masks are required in public places like large retail stores, restaurants, public transportation, and hotels.
Watch for these symptoms, and stay at home if you are experiencing them:
Biddeford small businesses have installed plexiglass barriers, adjusted their layouts and are enforcing mask mandates in order to keep customers safe. Show them some love in return!
In Biddeford, businesses can use public spaces for outdoor seating and retail space. Outdoor business operations allow more room for social distancing and improved air ventilation. As we move into the cooler months, some businesses have even invested in outdoor heating systems to keep outdoor options available as long as possible.
Many local restaurants are offering extended takeout and delivery menus. Delivery, takeout, and curbside pickup food service is considered by the CDC to have the lowest risk of COVID-19 transmission.