Essential businesses include:
- Healthcare Operations and Essential Infrastructure
- Grocery stores, certified farmers’ markets, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, food banks, and convenience and corner stores that sell a significant amount of food, 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 habitability, sanitation, and essential operation of residences
- Food cultivation, including farming, livestock, and fishing
- 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
- Bicycle repair and supply shops
- Banks and related financial institutions
- Hardware stores
- Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the habitability, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, Essential Activities, and Essential Businesses
- Arborists, landscapers, gardeners, and similar service professionals, but only to the limited extent necessary to maintain the habitability, sanitation, operation of businesses or residences, or the safety of residents, employees, or the public (such as fire safety or tree trimming to prevent a dangerous condition), and not for cosmetic or other purposes (such as upkeep)
- 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, provided that social distancing of six-feet per person is maintained to the greatest extent possible
- Laundromats, dry cleaners, and laundry service providers
- Restaurants and other facilities that prepare and serve food, but only for delivery or carry out.
- Funeral home providers, mortuaries, cemeteries, and crematoriums, to the extent necessary for the transport, preparation, or processing of bodies or remains
- School meals: 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 takeaway basis only. Schools and other entities that provide food services under this exemption shall not permit the food to be eaten at the site where it is provided, or at any other gathering site
- Businesses that supply other essential businesses with the support or supplies necessary to operate
- Businesses whose function is primarily to ship or deliver groceries, food, goods or services directly to residences
- Airlines, taxis, rental car companies, ride-hailing services, scooter and bike shares, and other private transportation providers providing transportation services necessary for Essential Activities and other purposes expressly authorized in this Order
- 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
- Moving services that facilitate residential or commercial moves that are allowed under this Order
- Childcare facilities providing services that enable employees exempted in this Order to work as permitted
Businesses that do not fall in one of these categories are non-essential.
Any essential business that is open must follow social distancing best practice.
Non-essential businesses must cease all activities at facilities located within the City except minimum basic operations. Operations that can continue include:
- Inventory, ensure security, process payroll, and employee benefits, or for related functions
- Activities that help employees work from their homes
- Sanitation, including janitorial
Employees must maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from each other at all times.
Most commercial construction projects are non-essential and must stop.
Warehouses and distribution centers
Businesses that supply and ship goods to essential businesses may stay open.
Real estate showings
Real estate agents may only show homes to potential residents via video or livestream. When a virtual showing is not feasible, a single agent may show a home in person only to a maximum of 2 people. Those 2 people must reside in the same household. And the current occupant must not still reside in the home.
Is this mandatory or is it just guidance?
It is mandatory. This Order is a legal Order issued under the authority of California law. You are required to comply, and it is a misdemeanor crime not to follow the order (although the intent is not for anyone to get into trouble). It is critical for everyone to follow the Order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect themselves, their loved ones, friends, neighbors and the whole community. All persons, businesses, and other entities are required to comply if they do not fall within the exemptions that are specified in the Order.
If you have concerns about a possible violation of the County Public Health Order, call our non-emergency phone number (408) 866-2101.