March 21, 2020 Rana Ghadban

Essential Businesses

We understand that there is a lot of confusion about what is considered an essential service” and wish to provide a full list of businesses and organizations who will still be allowed to operate as normal:

  • City/County government services:
  • Police stations, fire stations, jails, courts, garbage/sanitation, public transportation, water, power, and gas utilities, public works construction, including construction of housing, airport and port operations;
  • Gas service stations, auto supply, auto repair, bicycle repair shops and related facilities;
  • Health care providers, including:
  • Hospitals, clinics, dentist, pharmacies, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, laboratories, healthcare suppliers, home healthcare service providers, veterinary care providers, mental health providers, physical therapist and chiropractors, cannabis dispensaries, manufacturers and suppliers;
  • Food Providers, including:
  • Grocery stores, water retailers, certified farmers’ markets, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, convenience stores, warehouse stores, food banks, convenience stores, take-out from restaurants, drive-thru restaurants, and delivery from restaurants, food cultivation;
  • Hardware stores and nurseries;
  • Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, custodial/janitorial workers, handyman services, funeral home workers and morticians, moving services, HVAC installers, carpenters, landscapers, gardeners, property managers, private security personnel and other service providers who provide services to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation to properties and other essential activities;
  • Banks, credit unions, financial institutions and insurance companies;
  • Organizations and businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals, (including gang prevention and intervention and domestic violence agencies);
  • Laundromats/laundry service;
  • Newspapers, magazines, television, radio, podcasts and other media services;
  • Educational institutions, including public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities — for purposes of facilitating distance learning or performing essential functions provided that social distancing of six-feet per person is maintained to the greatest extent possible;
  • Businesses that supply products needed for people to work from home;
  • Utility companies and other businesses that supply other essential businesses with the support, services, or supplies necessary to operate, provided that strict social distancing is maintained;
  • Individuals or businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food, beverages or goods directly to residences or businesses, including rail and trucking;
  • Airlines, taxis, ride sharing services, and other private transportation services providing transportation services necessary for essential activities and other purposes expressly authorized in this Order;
  • Home-based care for disabled persons, seniors, adults, or children;
  • Residential facilities and shelters for disabled persons, seniors, adults, and children;
  • Professional services, such as legal, payroll or accounting services, when necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities;
  •  Hotels, motels, shared rental units and similar facilities;
  • Military/Defense Contractors/FFRDC (Federally Funded Research and Development Centers);
  • Childcare facilities providing services that enable employees exempted in this Order to work as permitted, under restrictions contained in the Order.