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Businesses That are Considered an Essential Service

✍? Is My Business on the Essential Service list?

Nothing is causing more confusion during the coronavirus pandemic than the words “Essential Service.” The reason it is perplexing is that in some areas on the CISA Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce: Ensuring Community and National Resilience in COVID-19 Response Version 1.0, the verbiage is vague and subject to interpretation. On top of that, the CISA document is NOT a federal law, it was developed to be used as a guideline for states and/or counties to draw from as they create their own legislation. So, what businesses are considered an essential service?

Who Decide’s Who is Essential?

And then… We still have to deal with the issue of verbiage that is subject to interpretation, like the category listed as”other.” Withal, a county can create its own ordinance that is more stringent than the executive order from the governor if they wish. In California, the county ordinances are established by the Officer of Public Health in many cases. So, what businesses are considered an essential service?

If your business type is not explicitly listed, you may want to pick up the phone ☎

So, hopefully, to help I put together a list of essential services that is a compilation of those noted in Broward County, Florida; Dallas, Texas; and Pinellas County, Florida. To reiterate, it is a compilation of the three but should help to get an idea of where your business should fit, essential or not. Of course, you will ALWAYS want to check with your local legislator’s office before you decide that you are essential and then head out to work. Your area may or may not include the vocations listed below.

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CISA Essential Services
CISA Essential Services

Examples of Essential Services


  1. AA/NA and other meetings (requires social distancing)
  2. Airports
  3. Animal shelters/adoptions at shelters
  4. Architectural
  5. Assisted living facilities
  6. Automobile dealerships – New & Used
  7. Banks and financial institutions
  8. Bicycle sales, repairs & maintenance
  9. Blood Banks
  10. Businesses providing services to the government (federal, state, or local)
  11. Child care facilities (with restrictions)
  12. Colleges & trades schools – Online only.
  13. Community-based organizations providing meals and social services
  14. Contractors: (Plumbers, Electricians, Exterminators, Security personnel, etc.) Fire and water damage restoration, appliance repair personnel, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences and other structures
  15. Factories
  16. Farming, Livestock, Fishing
  17. Firearm sales and ranges
  18. First Responders, Police, and Fire, Jails and Prisons
  19. Flight schools (only if located on airport property)
  20. Food and beverage (grocery stores, food banks, alcohol sales, etc.)
  21. Funeral services
  22. Garbage and Sanitation services
  23. Gas Stations, Auto Supply, Auto Repair
  24. Government operations
  25. Hardware, garden, and supply stores
  26. Home-based care
  27. Hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare operations
  28. Hotel and lodging (only for “essential lodgers,” i.e., National Guard, Law enforcement, Government, airline crews, journalists, patients, persons sheltered due to domestic violence, etc.)
  29. Human Service operations (including community-based organizations providing meals)
  30. Insurance
  31. Laundromats
  32. Legal & Accounting Services
  33. Landscape and Pool maintenance service providers
  34. Liquor Stores
  35. Marinas, Boat launches, boating supplies
  36. Media: Television, Radio,
  37. , funeral homes, cemeteries
  38. Moving companies
  39. Office supply and business services that do not directly interact with people
  40. Oil refining
  41. Open Construction sites
  42. Pawn Shops
  43. Pet supply stores
  44. Post offices and shipping services
  45. Process servers aa. Realtors
  46. Propane and Gas providers
  47. Restaurants – take out only
  48. Ride-Sharing Services (Uber, Lyft, etc.)
  49. Road and Highway work
  50. Stores: batteries, cell phone, electronics, light bulbs, and office supplies
  51. Tax preparation services
  52. Telemarketing (requires social distancing)
  53. Title companies
  54. Transportation: airports, ride-sharing, taxis, and public transport such as PSTA
  55. Utilities, Public Works and essential infrastructure
  56. Waste management


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