Complete list of essential companies
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s “stay at home” order gives broad parameters to “critical businesses and operations” that can remain open during the order.
Kroger and all other businesses that sell food and drink can stay open. Pharmacies are also exempt. The same goes for Home Depot and Lowe’s and your neighborhood hardware store. Restaurants can continue to sell take-out.
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Here is the full list of “essential businesses,” according to the Ohio Order:
- Stores that sell groceries and drugs: Grocery stores, pharmacies, certified farmers’ markets, supermarkets and convenience stores.
- Licensed Food, Beverage and Marijuana Production and Agriculture: Manufacture, production, processing and cultivation of food and beverages, including agriculture, animal husbandry, fishing, baking and other production agriculture.
- Organizations that provide charitable and social services: Nonprofit religious and secular businesses and organizations, including food banks and social service providers.
- Religious entities: Religious facilities, entities and groups and gatherings, including weddings and funerals.
- Media: Newspapers, television, radio and other services.
- Protected first amendment speech
- Service stations and shops necessary for transport: This includes auto supply and repair businesses as well as farm equipment, construction equipment, boat repair and bicycle repair.
- Financial institutions and insurance: Banking, foreign exchange bureaus, consumer lenders, credit unions, securities companies, financial markets, payday lenders and pawn shops.
- Hardware and supply stores: Companies that sell electrical, plumbing and heating equipment.
- Critical professions: Building and construction and other trades including plumbers, electricians, exterminators, cleaning and janitorial staff for commercial and government properties, security personnel, HVAC, paint removal and relocation services.
- Courier, Post, Shipping, Logistics, Delivery and Pickup Services: This included businesses that deliver groceries, food, and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
- Educational institutions: This is in line with and does not improve the prior order for school closings.
- Laundry services: Laundries, dry cleaners and industrial laundry services.
- Restaurants for off-premises consumption
- Supplies for working from home: Businesses that sell or manufacture products needed to work from home.
- Business Supplies and Critical Operations: This includes businesses that sell, manufacture or supply a wide variety of things – computers, electronics, computer hardware, sanitary equipment, medical equipment, optical and photographic equipment, food and drink, firearms and ammunition.
- Transport: Airlines, taxis, Uber, Elevator, vehicle rental and marinas.
- Home care and services: Support for adults, seniors and children. This included nannies who could come to the child’s home.
- Residential installations and shelters
- Professional services: Legal, accounting, insurance and real estate services.
- Manufacturing, distribution and supply chain for critical products and industries: The list includes pharmaceuticals, technology, biotechnology, healthcare, chemicals and sanitation, waste collection, agriculture. Food and drink, transport, steel, petroleum, mining, construction and national defense.
- Critical union functions: Administration of health and welfare funds and staff verifying the welfare of members providing essential business and operations services.
- Hotels and motels
- Funeral services