PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An independent commission is going to review the performance of Maine’s nursing homes during the pandemic.

A commission of 25 experts from across the country, including one from Maine’s veterans’ homes is launching the review as part of a federal effort to analyze nursing homes' response to the coronavirus outbreak.

The Maine Health Care Association said it will produce changes to make residents safer and prepare for future pandemics.

The recommendations from the commission should be released by Sept. 1.

Also, businesses  in Maine have launched a public service announcement with the theme of “Let’s Be Kind” in the wake of some squabbles with customers over mask use.

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