Essential businesses that can operate during virus







Here is the full list of Essential businesses which include construction, auto related businesses, hardware stores...

Essential Businesses” means any for-profit, non-profit, or educational entities, regardless its corporate or entity structure and includes:


• Healthcare Operations and Essential Infrastructure


• Grocery stores, farmers’ markets, farm and produce stands, markets, food banks, convenience stores, and other establishments engaged in the retail sale of canned food, dry goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, pet supply, fresh meats, fish, and poultry, and any other household consumer products (such as cleaning and personal care products). This includes stores that sell groceries and also sell other non-grocery products, and products necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation and essential operation of residences and persons


• Food cultivation, including farming, livestock, and fishing.


• Human and animal food processing facility workers


• Businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals• Newspapers, television, radio, and other media services


• Gas stations and auto-supply, auto-repair, and related facilities• Banks and related financial institutions


• Hardware stores


• Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, essential operation of residences, Essential Activities, and Essential Businesses.


• Businesses providing mailing and shipping services, including post office boxes


• Educational institutions—including public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities—for purposes of facilitating distance learning or performing essential functions related to distance learning and provision of other services related student welfare, including but not limited to food provision and delivery, provided that social distancing of six-feet per person is maintained to the greatest extent possible• Laundromats, dry cleaners, and laundry service providers


• Railroads and rail systems Restaurants and other facilities that prepare and serve food and drink, but only for delivery or carry out. Schools and other entities that typically provide free food services to students or members of the public may continue to do so under this Order on the condition that the food is provided to students or members of the public on a pick-up and take away basis only. Schools and other entities that provide food services under this exemption shall not permit the food or drink to be consumed at the site where it is provided, or at any other gathering site


• Businesses that supply products needed for people to work from home


• Businesses that supply other essential businesses with the support or supplies necessary to operate


• Businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food, goods or services directly to residences


• Airlines, taxis, and other private transportation providers providing transportation services necessary for Essential Activities and other purposes expressly authorized in this Order, as well as transportation maintenance services such as mechanics necessary to keep transportation services operational


• Home-based care for seniors, adults, or children


• Residential facilities and shelters for seniors, adults, and children


• Professional services, such as legal or accounting services, when necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities


• Childcare facilities providing services that enable employees exempted in this Order to work as permitted.


To the extent possible, childcare facilities should operate under the following conditions:


1. Childcare should be carried out in stable groups, preferably with 10 or fewer (“stable” means that the same 10 or fewer children are in the same group each day)


2. Children should not change from one group to another


3. If more than one group of children is cared for at one facility, each group should be in a separate room. Groups should not mix with each other


4. Childcare providers should remain solely with one group of children.


“Essential Infrastructure” shall mean to include, but not be limited to, public works construction, construction of housing, airport operations, water, sewer, gas, electrical, oil refining, railroad and rail systems, roads and highways, public transportation, solid waste collection and removal, internet, and telecommunications systems (including the provision of essential infrastructure for computing services, business infrastructure, communications, and web based services), provided that they carry out those services or that work in compliance with Social Distancing Requirements as defined this Section, to the extent possible.


“Healthcare Operations” shall include hospitals, clinics, dentists, pharmacies, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, other healthcare facilities, healthcare suppliers, home healthcare services providers, mental health providers, or any related and/or ancillary healthcare services. “Healthcare Operations” also includes veterinary care and all healthcare services provided to animals. This exemption shall be construed broadly to avoid any impacts to the delivery of healthcare, broadly defined. “Healthcare Operations” does not include fitness and exercise gyms and similar facilities.


“Minimum Basic Operations” includes the following, provided that employees comply with Social Distancing Requirements as defined in this Section, to the extent possible, while carrying out such operations.