Essential Business Examples

Essential Healthcare Operations: Hospitals, clinics, dentists, pharmacies, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, other healthcare facilities, healthcare suppliers, mental health providers, substance abuse service providers, blood banks, medical research, laboratory services, or any related and/or ancillary healthcare services. Home-based and residential-based care for seniors, adults, or children are also considered healthcare operations. Veterinary care and all health and welfare services provided to animals.

Essential Critical Infrastructure: Public works construction, residential and commercial construction, airport operations, water, sewer, gas, electrical, oil refining, roads and highways, public transportation, solid waste collection and removal, Internet, and telecommunications systems (including the provision of essential global, national, and local infrastructure for computing services, business infrastructure, communications, and web-based services), banks, financial institutions, pawn shops, safety and security related services, retail firearm sales, defense and national security-related operations, essential manufacturing operations.

Essential Retail: Food service and household providers including; grocery stores, warehouse stores, big-box stores, liquor stores, gas stations and convenience stores, and farmers markets. Food gathering including; farming, hunting, fishing, and livestock to the extent allowed by law. Businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food, goods or services directly to residences. Restaurants and other facilities that prepare and serve food, but only for delivery, carry out, or drive thru. Schools and other entities that typically provide free services to students or members of the public on a pick-up and take-away basis only. The restriction of delivery or carry out does not apply to cafes and restaurants located within hospitals and medical facilities. Laundromats, dry cleaners, and laundry service providers. Gas stations, auto-supply, auto and bicycle repair shops, construction supply stores, and hardware stores. Businesses supplying products people require to work from home.

Providers of Basic Necessities to Economically Disadvantaged Populations: Businesses, including non-profit organizations, that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals.

Essential Services Necessary to Maintain Essential Operations of Residences or Other Essential Businesses: Trash and recycling collection, processing and disposal, mail and shipping services, building cleaning, maintenance and security, warehouse/distribution and fulfillment, storage for essential businesses, funeral homes, crematoriums and cemeteries. Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, lawn services, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operations of residences and Essential Businesses.

Professional Services: Such as legal services, accounting services, property management, and real-estate services, RV sales and services for housing, when required to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities.

Certain Support Businesses: Businesses that supply other Essential Businesses with support or supplies needed to operate.

News Media: Newspapers, television, radio, and other media services.

Childcare Services: Childcare facilities providing services that enable essential employees to work as permitted.

Hotels, Motels, Rentals: Hotels, motels, shared rentals, and similar facilities are considered residences and may remain open.

Examples of Businesses that Must Close

Bars, lounges, taverns, commercial amusement establishments, bingo halls, theaters, movie theaters, gymnastic studios, martial arts studios, fitness and exercise gyms, private clubs, hair and nail salons and barber shops, estheticians and related personal care businesses, spas, massage parlors, tattoo and piercing parlors, tanning salons, residential meeting spaces, event centers, hotel meeting spaces and ballrooms, outdoor plazas and markets, malls and retail stores that do not sell essential household goods.

Examples of Businesses that Must Modify Operations

Restaurants and beverage bars with or without drive-in or drive-through services and microbreweries, micro-distilleries, or wineries may only provide take out, delivery, or drive-through services.

Religious and worship services should be provided by video and teleconference if the organization’s staff has the ability. If not, they’re permitted to meet in-person, but follow social distancing guidelines.