Who is considered an essential worker or business?

April 16, 2020


Non-Essential Businesses and Essential Businesses.


All non-essential retail and commercial businesses are hereby ordered temporarily closed, including but not limited to, whether indoors or outdoors, locations with amusement rides, carnivals, water parks, pools, zoos, museums, arcades, fairs, children's play centers, playgrounds, theme parks, bowling alleys, pool halls, movie and other theaters, concert and music halls, country clubs, social clubs and fraternal


Here is a full list of which business qualifies as "essential" and can operate in Florida:


  • Health care professionals
  • Law enforcement and first responders
  • Supermarkets, food banks and convenience stores
  • Farming, livestock, fishing and other food cultivation
  • Businesses that provide food, shelter and services to the homeless
  • Newspaper, television, radio and other media
  • Gas stations, auto-supply and auto-repair shops
  • New and used automobile dealerships
  • Banks and related financial institutions
  • Hardware stores
  • Contractors and other tradesmen, appliance repair personnel, home security firms, fire and water damage restoration, public adjusters, exterminators, and others who maintain the safety and sanitation of homes and other buildings.
  • Mailing and shipping services
  • Private colleges, technical schools and trade schools, but only as needed for online or social distancing
  • Laundromats and dry cleaners
  • Restaurants, for takeout and delivery only, including schools that provide free meals to students
  • Office-supply stores that sell goods people need to work from home
  • Businesses that supply other essential businesses and do not involve interaction with the public
  • Businesses that deliver groceries, food, goods or services directly to residences
  • Airlines, taxis and other private transportation providers
  • Home-based care for seniors, adults or children
  • Assisted living facilities, nursing homes, senior living centers and adult day care centers
  • Professional services such as legal or accounting, when needed to comply with legal requirements
  • Landscaping and pool care businesses
  • Child care facilities, subject to restrictions on the number of children and how they are grouped together
  • Businesses operating airports, seaports and other government facilities
  • Pet supply stores
  • Logistics providers, including warehouses, trucking, consolidators, fumigators and handlers
  • Telecommunications providers, including sales of computer or telecommunications devices
  • Provision of propane or natural gas
  • Office space or administrative support for any other essential business
  • Open construction sites
  • Architectural, engineering or land surveying services
  • Factories, bottling plants or other industrial facilities
  • Waste management services
  • Any business that interacts with customers solely through electronics or telephones and delivering products through shipping, mailing or delivery.
  • Marinas and boat launches, docking, fueling and marine supply, with some exceptions on municipal boat launches.
  • Veterinarians and pet-boarding facilities
  • Hotels, motels and other commercial lodging, subject to restrictions on restaurants and gyms and only for “essential lodgers,” meaning health care professionals, first responders, National Guard members, law enforcement, state or federal government employees, airline crew, patients and their families, journalists, displaced residents or visitors, persons sheltering due to domestic violence, hotel employees or contractors, people who are unable to stay in their homes due to exigent circumstances, and anyone providing direct services in response to COVID-19.
  • Mortuaries, funeral homes and cemeteries
  • Alcoholic beverage sales
  • Firearm and ammunition supply
  • Businesses providing services to local, state or federal government

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]For more information on essential businesses, please visit the following links:

Governer Executive Orders

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