What is an Essential Business during the Coronavirus pandemic?

A guide to which businesses are considered essential during the COVID-19 lockdown.

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May 26th, 2020

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses that are considered non-essential are forced to close physical locations and end any in-person contact to minimize infection rates. Businesses that are considered essential include manufacturers and distributors of food and beverages, healthcare providers, transporters of essential goods, and businesses that support critical infrastructure.

In some states only life sustaining businesses can be open.

What Is An Essential Business?

Businesses that sustain life are considered essential. This includes pharmacies, food suppliers, hospitals, banks, and gas stations.

Critical infrastructure includes:

  • Medical supplies.
  • Transportation of essential cargo (fuel, medical supplies, food, etc.).
  • Energy production and distribution.
  • Communications (news providers, internet services, cell service providers, etc.).
  • Food and agriculture.
  • Emergency services.
  • Maintenance and management of water treatment, dams, and sewage treatment facilities.
  • Maintenance and management of nuclear plants.
  • The military and police force.

List of Essential Businesses as Outlined by CISA:

As a guide, the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) provided an outline of critical infrastructure industries.

Industries that support these businesses by manufacturing, transporting, or providing services or goods are also considered to be essential.

1. Healthcare and Public Health:

  • Healthcare providers (including dentists, physical therapists, and psychologists).
  • Clinical research.
  • Hospitals.
  • Medical and biomedical facilities (blood banks, clinics, hospices, nursing care facilities, and other facilities that manage this category of service).
  • Medical supply manufacturing.
  • Public health communication.
  • Pharmacies.
  • Deathcare facilities (including mortuaries, funeral homes, and crematoriums).

2. Law Enforcement, Public Safety, and Other First Responders:

  • Emergency management.
  • Law enforcement.
  • 911 Call centers.
  • Firearm and ammunition manufacturing and distribution.
  • Uniform manufacturing and distribution.
  • Equipment manufacturing and distribution.
  • Public agency work (responding to abuse and neglect of children, elders, and dependent adults).
  • Weather disaster response.
  • Security.

3. Food and Agriculture:

  • Grocery stores.
  • Restaurants (take-out or delivery orders only).
  • Pet food stores.
  • Convenience stores.
  • Food manufacturing and distribution (including manufacturers of human food, animal food, food packaging, and beverages).
  • Farms (including farms that provide human or animal food, pharmaceutical ingredients, and food for domestic use and export).
  • Sanitation and pest control providers.
  • Butcheries.
  • Fiber and forest farms.
  • Farming equipment repair and maintenance providers.

4. Energy:

  • Nuclear, fossil, hydroelectric, or renewable energy support (engineering, administration, and cybersecurity).
  • Infrastructure support (IT and OT technology, engineering, data management, and cybersecurity).
  • Construction, manufacturing, transportation, distribution, maintenance, management, and monitoring of wind, solar, biomass, hydrogen, ocean, geothermal, and/or hydroelectric energy.
  • Security for nuclear refueling operations.
  • Waste management.
  • Environmental remediation/monitoring (immediate critical needs technicians only).

Essential Energy Sectors:

Electricity

All manufacturers, engineers, distributers, transporters, managers, and support systems for the electricity industry.

Petroleum

All businesses invloved in drilling, maintenance and repairs, transportation, processing, waste management, engineering, distribution, and maritime navigation for crude oil, petroleum and petroleum products.

Natural Gas, Natural Gas Liquids (NGL), Propane, and other liquid fuels

All businesses invloved in drilling, maintenance and repairs, transportation, processing, waste management, engineering, distribution, and maritime navigation for natural gas, propane, natural gas liquids, and other liquid fuel.

5. Water and wastewater:

  • Wastewater treatment facilities.
  • Wastewater collection facilities.
  • Water distribution and testing facilities.
  • Chemical and equipment suppliers.

6. Transportation and logistics:

  • Public transportation services like buses, trains, taxis, and ferries.
  • Auto repair shops.
  • Businesses that repair or maintain transportation services.
  • Providers of transportation for essential goods like food, pharmaceuticals, medical supplies, fuel, water, chemicals, etc.
  • Warehouses that store essential goods like food, pharmaceuticals, medical supplies, fuel, water, chemicals, etc.
  • Businesses that support warehouses with sanitation services, refrigeration services, administration, etc.
  • Vehicle rental services.
  • Providers of maritime transportation.
  • Businesses that support maritime transportation with sanitation services, maintenance, operations, etc.
  • Manufacturers of transportation equipment and parts.
  • Transportation safety inspectors.
  • Manufacturers of packaging materials.
  • Air transportation services.
  • Businesses that support air transportation like air traffic control, sanitation, food preparation, and security.

7. Public works and infrastructure support services:

  • Businesses that sanitize, repair, maintain or inspect infrastructure like dams, bridges, water and wastewater mains, etc.
  • Tradespeople like HVAC technicians, plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and contractors.
  • Businesses that provide services like sanitation, repair, maintenance, food preparation, and essential operation to residences, rehabilitation centers, hospitals, senior living facilities, etc.
  • Businesses that remove or store solid or hazardous waste.

8. Communications and information technology:

  • Businesses that maintain the infrastructure of call -centers, wireline and wireless providers, cable service providers, satellite operations, Internet Exchange Points, Points of Presence, and Network Access Points.
  • Manufacturers and distributors of communications equipment.
  • News providers.
  • Network Operations staff.
  • Businesses that repair or maintain communication facilities.
  • Businesses that provide support or equipment for remote work.
  • Customer service providers.
  • Datacenter operators for all industries.
  • Cybersecurity providers.

9. Other community- or government-based operations and essential functions.

  • Construction services.
  • Businesses that support construction through security, sanitation, inspection, or manufacturing of supplies.
  • Elections personnel.
  • The judicial system.
  • Businesses that support the judicial system.
  • News providers.
  • Businesses that support news providers.
  • Weather forecasters.
  • Businesses that provide vetting and credentialing for essential workers.
  • Customs and immigration workers.
  • Educational institutions that support online learning.
  • Real estate services.
  • Businesses that support the supply chain to COVID-19 relief efforts.

10. Critical manufacturing:

  • Manufacturers of metals (including steel and aluminum), industrial minerals, and semiconductors.
  • Manufacturers of products for medical supply chains, and for supply chains associated with critical infrastructure.
  • Manufacturers of medical supplies and equipment.
  • Businesses that support the chain supply of medical equipment manufacturers.

11. Hazardous materials:

Businesses that manage or dispose of hazardous materials associated with critical infrastructure.

12. Financial services:

  • Banks.
  • Debt counseling and management services.
  • Manufacturers of debit and credit cards.
  • Point of sale support services for essential workers.

12. Chemical:

  • Businesses supporting the chemical and industrial gas supply chains.
  • Transportation services for chemicals.
  • Manufacturers of protective cleaning and medical solutions, personal protective equipment, disinfectants, fragrances, and protective packaging.
  • Manufacturers and distributors of chlorine and alkali manufacturing, single-use plastics, and protective packaging.

13. Defense and industrial base:

  • Businesses that support essential services required to meet national security commitments.
  • Manufacturers of firearms and equipment needed by the armed forces.

14. Commercial facilities:

  • Businesses that support the supply chain of materials used for construction.
  • Hardware stores.
  • Appliance stores.
  • Businesses that repair or maintain HVAC systems, boilers, furnaces, and other heating, cooling, refrigeration, and ventilation equipment.

15. Residential/shelter facilities and services:

  • Businesses that support dependent groups or individuals like rehabilitation centers or elderly care facilities.
  • Businesses that support shelters and other in-need groups.
  • Animal shelters.
  • Real estate businesses.
  • Construction.

16. Hygiene:

  • Manufacturers of hygiene products.
  • Businesses that support hygiene manufacturers.
  • Sanitation and cleaning services.

List of Essential Businesses by State:

California Businesses Remaining Open:

  • Grocery stores.
  • Pharmacies.
  • Healthcare facilities.
  • Medical marijuana dispensaries.
  • Restaurants (take-out or delivery only).
  • Power plants.
  • Water and wastewater facilities.
  • Transportation and logistics services.
  • Communication and technology services.
  • Security.
  • Law enforcement.
  • Hardware stores.
  • Professional services like lawyers and accountants.
  • Childcare facilities.
  • Banks and financial institutions.

California Businesses Closed:

  • Bars and clubs.
  • Gyms.
  • Salons and spas.
  • Entertainment venues.
  • Convention centers.

Colorado Businesses Remaining Open:

  • Healthcare facilities.
  • Pharmacies.
  • Grocery stores and produce stands.
  • Gas stations.
  • Restaurants (take-out or delivery only).
  • Medical marijuana dispensaries.
  • Liquor stores.
  • Firearm stores.
  • Hardware supply stores.
  • Childcare facilities.
  • Car rental services and auto repair stores.
  • Laundry services.
  • Deathcare services.
  • News providers.
  • Banks and financial institutions.
  • Construction.

Colorado Businesses Closed:

  • Car washes.
  • Salons and spas.
  • Clothing stores.
  • House cleaning services.
  • Gyms.
  • Entertainment venues.
  • Movie theaters.

Connecticut Businesses Remaining Open:

  • Healthcare facilities.
  • Home-based caregivers.
  • Medical marijuana dispensaries.
  • Pharmacies.
  • Transportation services.
  • Hotels and motels.
  • Restaurants and bars (take-out or delivery only).
  • Gas stations.
  • Grocery stores, convenience stores, farmer's markets, and Big Box stores.
  • Firearm stores.
  • Liquor stores.
  • Hardware stores.
  • Nurseries and greenhouses.
  • Professional services like lawyers and accountants.
  • Childcare facilities.
  • Auto repair shops.
  • Deathcare facilities.
  • Laundry services.
  • Postal and delivery services.
  • News providers.
  • Religious institutions (limited gatherings of 50 people maximum).
  • Food banks.
  • Tradespeople like plumbers, electricians, and exterminators.
  • Construction.

Connecticut Businesses Closed:

  • Malls.
  • Retail stores that do not sell essential items like food or cleaning products.
  • Not-for-profit organizations.

Delaware Businesses Remaining Open:

  • Pharmacies.
  • Healthcare facilities.
  • Grocery stores and convenience stores.
  • Firearm stores (by appointment only).
  • Care sales stores (by appointment only).
  • Liquor stores.
  • Banks and financial institutions.
  • Transportation services.
  • Construction.

Delaware Businesses Closed:

  • Malls.
  • Casinos.
  • Sporting venues.
  • Gyms.
  • Barbershops, salons, and spas.
  • Theaters.
  • Golf courses.
  • Retail stores that do not sell essential items like food or cleaning products.

District of Columbia Businesses Remaining Open:

  • Grocery stores, liquor stores, and farmer’s markets (with restrictions).
  • Hospitals, pharmacies, and medical facilities.
  • Restaurants (take-out or delivery only).
  • Communication infrastructure and providers.
  • Banks and financial institutions.
  • Gas stations.
  • Laundromats.
  • Auto repair shops.
  • Child care facilities.

District of Columbia Businesses Closed:

  • Cinemas/movie theaters.
  • Gyms.
  • Salons.
  • Auditoriums.
  • Spas.
  • Barbershops.
  • Tattoo parlors.
  • Bowling alleys.

Hawaii Businesses Remaining Open:

  • Healthcare facilities.
  • Grocery stores, convenience stores, and supermarkets.
  • News providers.
  • Social services.
  • Gas stations.
  • Auto repair shops.
  • Banks and financial institutions.
  • Hardware stores.
  • Tradespeople like plumbers, electricians, and exterminators.
  • Postal and delivery services.
  • Laundry services.
  • Restaurants (take-out or delivery only).
  • Transportation services.
  • Home-based caregivers.
  • Professional services like lawyers and accountants.
  • Childcare facilities (children of essential workers will be given priority).
  • Deathcare services.

Hawaii Businesses Closed:

  • Gyms.
  • Malls.
  • Movie theaters.
  • Sporting venues.
  • Bars.
  • Barbershops, salons, and spas.
  • Clubs.

Idaho Businesses Remaining Open:

  • Grocery stores.
  • Pharmacies.
  • Healthcare facilities.
  • Hardware stores.
  • Laundry services.
  • Gas stations.
  • Banks and financial institutions.
  • Essential government and state functions.
  • Childcare facilities (for children of essential workers).
  • Public safety services.
  • Law enforcement and first responders.
  • Hotels and motels.
  • News providers.

Idaho Businesses Closed:

  • Gyms.
  • Bars and clubs.
  • Salons.
  • Spas.
  • Tattoo parlors.
  • Entertainment venues.

Illinois Businesses Remaining Open:

  • Healthcare facilities.
  • Childcare facilities (up to 6 children and children of essential workers must be given priority).
  • Grocery stores, farmer's markets, and convenience stores.
  • Pharmacies.
  • Social services.
  • Restaurants (take-out or delivery only).
  • News providers.
  • Gas stations.
  • Banks and financial institutions.
  • Hardware stores.
  • Tradespeople like plumbers, electricians, and exterminators.
  • Postal and delivery services.
  • Laundry services.
  • Home-based care services.
  • Professional services like lawyers and accountants.
  • Hotels and motels.
  • Deathcare facilities.

Illinois Businesses Closed:

  • Entertainment venues.
  • Gyms.
  • Barbershops, salons, and spas.

Indiana Businesses Remaining Open:

  • Healthcare facilities.
  • Pharmacies.
  • Stores that sell groceries and medicine.
  • Restaurants (take-out or delivery only).
  • Social services.
  • Public safety services.
  • Law enforcement and first responders.
  • Religious entities.
  • News providers.
  • Gas stations.
  • Banks and financial institutions.
  • Hardware stores.
  • Tradespeople like plumbers, electricians, and exterminators.
  • Postal and delivery services.
  • Laundry services.
  • Transport services.
  • Home-based caregivers.
  • Professional services like lawyers and accountants.
  • Hotels and motels.
  • Deathcare facilities.

Indiana Businesses Closed:

  • Movie theaters.
  • Gyms.
  • Barbershops, salons, and spas.
  • Entertainment venues.
  • Casinos.

Kentucky Businesses Remaining Open:

  • Grocery stores.
  • Pharmacies.
  • Hardware stores.
  • Food banks.
  • Social services.
  • News providers.
  • Gas stations.
  • Liquor stores.
  • Auto repair shops.
  • Banks and financial institutions.
  • Security services.
  • Tradespeople like plumbers, electricians, and exterminators.
  • Postal and delivery services.
  • Firearm stores.
  • Transportation services.
  • Professional services like lawyers and accountants.
  • Home-based caregivers.
  • Hotel and motels.
  • Deathcare facilities.

Kentucky Businesses Closed:

Governer Andy Beshear has focused on detailing which retail stores will be closed, but not much information was given on other businesses that will be closed. The governor listed the following retail store types as non-essential:

  • Retail stores that do not sell essential items like food or cleaning products.
  • Car dealerships.

Louisiana Businesses Remaining Open:

  • Healthcare facilities.
  • Social services.
  • Pharmacies.
  • Grocery stores, convenience stores, and farmer's markets.
  • Restaurants (take-out or delivery only).
  • Gas stations.
  • Banks and financial institutions.

Louisiana Businesses Closed:

  • Entertainment venues.
  • Barbershops, salons, and spas.
  • Retail stores that do not sell essential items like food or cleaning products.
  • Gyms.

Maine Businesses Remaining Open:

  • Grocery stores and convenience stores.
  • Hardware stores.
  • Auto repair shops.
  • Pharmacies.
  • Childcare facilities.
  • Restaurants and bars (take-out or delivery only).
  • Fishing supply stores.
  • Postal and delivery services.
  • Banks and financial institutions.
  • Gas stations.
  • Laundry services.
  • Transporation services.
  • Hotels and motels.
  • Firearm stores.
  • Medical marijuana dispensaries.

Maine Businesses Closed:

  • Gyms.
  • Barbershops, salons, and spas.
  • Tattoo parlors.
  • Shopping malls.

Maryland Businesses Remaining Open:

  • Grocery stores, liquor stores, and farmer’s markets (with restrictions).
  • Hospitals, pharmacies, and medical facilities.
  • Restaurants (take-out or delivery only).
  • Communication infrastructure and providers.
  • Banks and financial institutions.
  • Gas stations.
  • Laundromats.
  • Auto repair shops.
  • Child care facilities.

Maryland Businesses Closed:

  • Cinemas/movie theaters.
  • Gyms.
  • Salons.
  • Auditoriums.
  • Spas.
  • Barbershops.
  • Tattoo parlors.
  • Bowling alleys.

Massachusetts Businesses Remaining Open:

  • Healthcare facilities.
  • Law enforcement and first responders.
  • Grocery stores.
  • Pharmacies.
  • Restaurants (take-out or delivery only).
  • Gas stations.
  • Transportation services.
  • Car rental services.
  • Postal and delivery services.
  • Tradespeople like plumbers, electricians, and exterminators.
  • Security services.
  • Childcare facilities.
  • Banks and financial institutions.

Massachusetts Businesses Closed:

The state has compiled a comprehensive list of essential businesses and has stated that any business not listed is considered non-essential.

Michigan Businesses Remaining Open:

  • Healthcare facilities.
  • Law enforcement and first responders.
  • Banks and financial institutions.
  • Childcare facilities (available only to children of essential workers).
  • Insurance services.
  • Liquor stores.
  • Auto repair shops.
  • Grocery stores and convenience stores.
  • Hotels (public amenities must remain closed).
  • Restaurants (take-out or delivery only).
  • Medical marijuana dispensaries.
  • Drug stores.
  • Gas stations.
  • Laundry services.

Michigan Businesses Closed:

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has not provided a list of non-essential businesses but has stated that any business that does not provide life-sustaining goods or services or support critical infrastructure, will be closed.

Minnesota Businesses Remaining Open:

  • Childcare facilities.
  • Grocery stores, farmer's markets, food banks, convenience stores, and bakeries.
  • Liquor stores.
  • Restaurants (take-out or delivery only).
  • News providers.
  • Healthcare facilities.
  • Law enforcement.
  • Gas stations.
  • Water and power services.
  • Public works and sanitation services.
  • Critical manufacturing.
  • Construction and trades like plumbers, technicians, and electricians.
  • Banks and financial institutions.
  • Emergency shelters.
  • Transportation and logistics services.

Minnesota Businesses Closed:

  • Restaurants (in-house dining).
  • Movie theaters.
  • Clubs.
  • Stadiums.
  • Gyms.
  • Bars.
  • Tattoo parlors.
  • Salons.
  • Spas.
  • Bowling alleys.

Montana Businesses Remaining Open:

  • Grocery stores.
  • Pharmacies.
  • Food and beverage production.
  • Social service providers.
  • News providers.
  • Gas stations.
  • Tradespeople like plumbers, electricians, and exterminators.
  • Hardware and supply stores.
  • Postal and delivery services.
  • Laundry services.
  • Educational institutions (provided that they facilitate online learning).
  • Restaurants (take-out or delivery only).
  • Hotels and motels (under the restriction of not allowing groups to congregate in common areas, and the closure of amenities like gyms and pools).
  • Deathcare facilities.

Montana Businesses Closed:

  • Gyms.
  • Clubs.
  • Bowling alleys.
  • Salons.
  • Spas.
  • Tattoo parlors.
  • Movie theaters.

New Hampshire Businesses Remaining Open:

A full list of essential businesses has been posted by state officials.

  • Law enforcement and first responders.
  • Grocery stores, farmer's markets, and farm stands.
  • 911 Call centers.
  • Pharmacies.
  • Liquor stores.
  • Florists.
  • Restaurants (take-out or delivery only).
  • Food banks.
  • Greenhouses and garden centers.
  • Rehabilitation centers.
  • Home-based caregivers.
  • Security services.
  • Deathcare facilities.
  • Car rental services.
  • Transportation services.
  • Auto repair shops.
  • Car sales stores.
  • Postal and delivery services.
  • Tradespeople like plumbers, electricians, and exterminators.
  • Critical construction.
  • News providers.
  • Weather forecasters.
  • Hotels and motels.
  • Professional services like lawyers and accountants.
  • Laundry services.
  • Banks and financial institutions.

New Hampshire Businesses Closed:

The state has outlined which businesses will remain open. If your business is not described in this list, it will need to close.

New Jersey Businesses Remaining Open:

  • Grocery stores, convenience stores, farmer's markets, and farm stalls.
  • Pharmacies.
  • Medical marijuana dispensaries.
  • Gas stations.
  • Hardware stores.
  • Banks and financial institutions.
  • Laundry services.
  • Liquor stores.
  • Auto repair shops.
  • Postal and delivery services.
  • Restaurants (take-out or delivery only).
  • Construction.

New Jersey Businesses Closed:

  • Malls.
  • Gyms.
  • Bars.
  • Barbershops, salons, and spas.
  • Tattoo parlors.

New Mexico Businesses Remaining Open:

  • Healthcare facilities.
  • Grocery stores, convenience stores, and farmer's markets.
  • Homeless shelters.
  • Food banks.
  • Law enforcement and first responders.
  • Construction.
  • Water and wastewater facilities.
  • Security services.
  • Tradespeople like plumbers, electricians, and exterminators.
  • Hardware stores.
  • Laundry services.
  • Deathcare facilities.
  • Banks and financial institutions.
  • Postal and delivery services.
  • Restaurants (take-out or delivery only).
  • Local breweries or distilleries (take-out only).
  • Gas stations.

New Mexico Businesses Closed:

  • Gyms.
  • Entertainment venues.
  • Salons and spas.
  • Casinos.
  • Convention centers.
  • Tattoo parlors.
  • Retail stores that do not sell essential items like food or cleaning supplies.

Nevada Businesses Remaining Open:

  • Healthcare facilities.
  • Law enforcement and first responders.
  • Grocery stores, supermarkets, and convenience stores.
  • Pharmacies.
  • Gas stations.
  • Childcare facilities.
  • Waste disposal services.
  • Auto repair shops.
  • Banks and financial institutions.
  • Laundry services.
  • Postal and delivery services.
  • Big Box stores.

Nevada Businesses Closed:

  • Gyms.
  • Casinos.
  • Movie theaters.
  • Bars and clubs.
  • Some restaurants.
  • Salons and spas.
  • Bowling alleys.

New York Businesses Remaining Open:

  • Healthcare facilities.
  • Grocery stores, farmer's markets, and convenience stores.
  • Gas stations.
  • Hardware stores.
  • Liquor stores.
  • Postal and delivery services.
  • Childcare facilities.
  • Deathcare services.
  • Banks and financial institutions.
  • Food banks.
  • Social services.
  • Construction.
  • Professional services like lawyers and accountants.
  • News providers.
  • Law enforcement and first responders.
  • Security services.

New York Businesses Closed:

Governor Cuomo has not released a list of non-essential businesses. If your business has not been mentioned in the executive order from the governor, your business may be considered non-essential unless you make an appeal.

Ohio Businesses Remaining Open:

  • Grocery stores.
  • Pharmacies.
  • Food banks.
  • Social services.
  • Religious institutions.
  • News providers.
  • Gas stations.
  • Auto repair shops.
  • Banks and financial institutions.
  • Hardware stores.
  • Tradespeople like plumbers, electricians, and exterminators.
  • Postal and delivery services.
  • Laundry services.
  • Restaurants (take-out or delivery only).
  • Transportation services.
  • Professional services like lawyers and accountants.
  • Hotels and motels.
  • Deathcare facilities.
  • Essential construction.

Ohio Businesses Closed:

  • Gyms.
  • Entertainment venues.
  • Barbershops, salons, and spas.
  • Car washes.
  • Retail stores that do not sell essential items like food or cleaning supplies.
  • Driving ranges.

Oklahoma Businesses Remaining Open:

  • Healthcare facilities.
  • Law enforcement and first responders.
  • Public safety services.
  • Security services.
  • Grocery stores and convenience stores.
  • Pharmacies.
  • Farmers markets and produce stands.
  • Postal and delivery services.
  • News providers.
  • Weather forecasters.
  • Hotels.
  • Construction.
  • Tradespeople like plumbers, electricians, and exterminators.
  • Liquor stores.
  • Hardware stores.
  • Social services.
  • Banks and financial institutions.
  • Professional services like lawyers and accountants.
  • Postal and delivery services.

Oklahoma Businesses Closed:

  • Salons and spas.
  • Tattoo parlors.
  • Gyms.
  • Movie theaters.
  • Entertainment venues.
  • Retail stores that do not sell essential items like food or cleaning supplies.

Oregon Businesses Remaining Open:

  • Grocery stores.
  • Pharmacies.
  • Restaurants, bars, and cafes (take-out or delivery only).
  • Childcare facilities (limited to groups of 10 children, and essential workers' children are given access first).
  • Banks and financial institutions.
  • Gas stations.
  • Retail stores that enforce social distancing.

Oregon Businesses Closed:

  • Barbershops.
  • Arcades.
  • Salons and spas.
  • Gyms.
  • Movie theaters.
  • Campgrounds.
  • Sports venues.

Pennsylvania Businesses Remaining Open:

  • Grocery stores and convenience stores.
  • Construction.
  • Hardware stores.
  • Auto repair shops.
  • Pharmacies.
  • Postal and delivery services.
  • Banks and financial institutions.
  • Laundry services.
  • Gas stations.
  • Transportation services.
  • Hotels.

Pennsylvania Businesses Closed:

  • Entertainment venues.
  • Casinos.
  • Gyms.
  • Barbershops, salons, and spas.
  • Golf courses.
  • Movie theaters.

Vermont Businesses Remaining Open:

The AACD has posted a guideline outlining essential and non-essential businesses.

  • Healthcare facilities.
  • Grocery stores.
  • Restaurants and bars (take-out or delivery only).
  • Gas stations.
  • Liquor stores.
  • Law enforcement and first responders.
  • Medical marijuana dispensaries.
  • Hardware stores.
  • Critical construction.
  • Appliance stores.
  • Professional services like lawyers and accountants.
  • Law enforcement and first responders.
  • Deathcare facilities.
  • Laundry services.
  • News providers.
  • Tradespeople responding to emergencies (plumbers, electricians, exterminators, etc.).
  • Car rental services.
  • Transportation services.

Vermont Businesses Closed:

  • Farmer's markets.
  • Movie theaters.
  • Museums.
  • Gyms.
  • Barbershops, spas, and salons.
  • Hotels and motels.
  • Golf courses.
  • In-person religious gatherings.

Virginia Businesses Remaining Open:

  • Grocery stores, liquor stores, and farmer’s markets (with restrictions).
  • Hospitals, pharmacies, and medical facilities.
  • Restaurants (take-out or delivery only).
  • Communication infrastructure and providers.
  • Banks and financial institutions.
  • Gas stations.
  • Laundromats.
  • Auto repair shops.
  • Child care facilities.

Virginia Businesses Closed:

  • Cinemas/movie theaters.
  • Gyms.
  • Salons.
  • Auditoriums.
  • Spas.
  • Barbershops.
  • Tattoo parlors.
  • Bowling alleys.

Washington Businesses Remaining Open:

The Washington State Government has posted a comprehensive list of essential businesses that will remain open.

  • Healthcare facilities.
  • Law enforcement and public safety services.
  • Public Works services.
  • Grocery stores, food banks, farmer's markets, and Big Box stores.
  • Pharmacies.
  • Food manufacturers and distributors.
  • Power plants.
  • Water and wastewater services.
  • Medical marijuana dispensaries.
  • Social services.
  • Deathcare facilities.
  • Auto repair shops.
  • Postal and delivery services.

Washington Businesses Closed:

  • Gyms.
  • Bars and clubs.
  • Entertainment venues.
  • Salons and spas.
  • Tattoo parlors.
  • Movie theaters.

West Virginia Businesses Remaining Open:

  • Healthcare facilities.
  • Grocery stores.
  • Pharmacies.
  • Law enforcement and first responders.
  • Childcare facilities.
  • Hardware stores.
  • Postal and delivery services.
  • Banks and financial institutions.
  • Laundry services.
  • Home-based caregivers.
  • Social services.
  • News providers.
  • Hotels and motels.
  • Deathcare facilities.
  • Religious entities.
  • Professional services like lawyers and accountants.
  • Tradespeople like plumbers, electricians, and exterminators.

West Virginia Businesses Closed:

  • Entertainment venues.
  • Bowling alleys.
  • Movie theaters.
  • Gyms.

Wisconsin Businesses Remaining Open:

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation has posted a comprehensive list of essential businesses.

  • Healthcare facilities.
  • Assisted living facilities, nursing homes, shelters, and rehabilitation centers.
  • Construction in response to public health emergencies.
  • Law enforcement and first responders.
  • Grocery stores, food banks, farmer's markets, convenience stores, and bakeries.
  • Food and beverage manufacturers and distributors.
  • Restaurants (take-out or delivery only).
  • Bars (alcohol may only be purchased; no alcohol may be consumed at bars).
  • Childcare facilities.
  • Social service providers.
  • Religious gatherings (limited to 10 people).
  • Deathcare facilities.
  • News providers.
  • Gas stations.
  • Banks and financial institutions.
  • Hardware and supply stores.
  • Critical tradespeople like plumbers, electricians, and exterminators.
  • Post offices and delivery services.
  • Laundry services.
  • Suppliers of goods needed to work from home.
  • Transportation.
  • Home-based care.
  • Professional services including lawyers, accountants, and real estate services.
  • Support for critical infrastructure.
  • Hotels and motels (under the restriction of not allowing groups to congregate in common areas, and the closure of amenities like gyms and pools).

Wisconsin Businesses Closed:

  • Gyms.
  • Clubs.
  • Stadiums.
  • Bowling alleys.
  • Movie theaters.
  • Tattoo parlors.
  • Salons.
  • Spas.

FAQs:

What are essential businesses?

Essential businesses cater to basic needs by providing, food, beverages, power, water, sewage treatment, medical services, defense services, or businesses that support the supply chain of the other businesses listed.

Is my business an esential business?

If your business ensures that basic needs are met, it is likely that your business is essential. You can use our guide to determine if your business may be essential.

Can I appeal my non-essential status?

Yes. If you believe that you have been incorrectly categorized as non-essential, you can fill out an online form provided by your state to appeal your status.

Should my business stay open while I appeal?

No. You should assume that your business does not qualify as essential until you receive confirmation. Adhere to social distancing protocols by not allowing any in-person business to take place.