What is an 'Essential Business'?

Here’s the complete list of 'essential businesses,' according to the Ohio order:

  • Stores that sell groceries and medicine: Grocery stores, pharmacies, certified farmers’ markets, supermarkets and convenience stores.
  • Food, beverage, and licensed marijuana production and agriculture: Food and beverage manufacturing, production, processing and cultivation, including farming, livestock, fishing, baking and other production agriculture.
  • Organizations that provide charitable and social services: Business and religious and secular nonprofit organizations, including food banks and providers of social services.
  • Religious entities: Religious facilities, entities and groups and gatherings, including weddings and funerals.
  • Media: Newspapers, television, radio and other services.
  • First amendment protected speech
  • Gas stations and businesses needed for transportation: That includes auto supply and repair businesses as well as farm equipment, construction equipment, boat repair and bicycle repair.
  • Financial and insurance institutions: Bank, currency exchanges, consumer lenders, credit unions, title companies, financial markets, payday lenders and pawnbrokers.
  • Hardware and supply stores: Businesses that sell electrical, plumbing and heating material.
  • Critical trades: Building and construction and other trades, including plumbers, electricians, exterminators, cleaning and janitorial staff for commercial and government properties, security staff, HVAC, painting moving and relocation services.  
  • Mail, post, shipping, logistics, delivery and pick-up services: This included businesses that deliver groceries, food and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Educational institutions: This is consistent with and does not amend to the prior order to close schools.
  • Laundry services: Laundromats, dry cleaners and industrial laundry services.
  • Restaurants for consumption off-premises
  • Supplies to work from home: Businesses that sell or manufacture products needed to work from home.
  • Supplies for essential businesses and operations: This includes businesses that sell, manufacture or supply a wide range of things – computers, electronics, hardware, sanitary equipment, medical equipment, optics and photography equipment, food and beverages, firearms and ammunition.
  • Transportation: Airlines, taxis, Uber, Lift, vehicle rentals and marinas.
  • Home-based care and services: Care for adults, seniors and children. This included nannies who may travel to the child’s home.   
  • Residential facilities and shelters
  • Professional services: Legal, accounting, insurance and real estate services.
  • Manufacture, distribution and supply chain for critical products and industries: The list includes pharmaceuticals, technology, biotechnology, health care, chemicals and sanitation, waste pickup, agriculture. Food and beverage, transportation, steel, petroleum, mining, construction and national defense.
  • Critical labor union functions: Administration of health and welfare funds and personnel checking on the well-being of members providing  services to Essential Businesses and Operations.
  • Hotels and motels
  • Funeral services

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