These are the essential businesses that will remain open during the Coronavirus epidemic

In a move to control the spread of the coronavirus crisis, Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered all workers in non-essential businesses to stay home in New York on Friday. Non-essential businesses statewide were forced to close in-office personnel functions by Sunday evening, which meant means only essential businesses like health care operations, infrastructure, and others remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here are the essential businesses that’ll remain open in New York during the coronavirus epidemic, according to Gov. Cuomo’s “New York State on PAUSE” executive order:

Essential Health Care Operations

• research and laboratory services
• hospitals
• walk-in-care health facilities
• emergency veterinary and livestock services
• elder care
• medical wholesale and distribution
• home health care workers or aides for the elderly
• doctor and emergency dental
• nursing homes, or residential health care facilities or congregate care facilities
• medical supplies and equipment manufacturers and providers

Essential Infrastructure

• utilities including power generation, fuel supply and transmission
• public water and wastewater
• telecommunications and data centers
• airports/airlines
• transportation infrastructure such as bus, rail, or for-hire vehicles, garages
• hotels, and places of accommodation

Essential Manufacturing

• food processing, manufacturing agents, including all foods and beverages
• chemicals
• medical equipment/instruments
• pharmaceuticals
• sanitary products
• telecommunications
• microelectronics/semi-conductor
• agriculture/farms
• household paper products

Essential Retail

• grocery stores including all food and beverage stores
• pharmacies
• convenience stores
• farmer’s markets
• gas stations
• restaurants/bars (but only for take-out/delivery)
• hardware and building material stores

Essential Services

• trash and recycling collection, processing and disposal
• mail and shipping services
• laundromats
• building cleaning and maintenance
• child care services
• auto repair
• warehouse/distribution and fulfillment
• funeral homes, crematoriums and cemeteries
• storage for essential businesses
• animal shelters

News Media

Financial Institutions

• banks
• insurance
• payroll
• accounting
• services related to financial markets

Providers of Basic Necessities to Economically Disadvantaged Populations

• homeless shelters and congregate care facilities
• food banks
• human services providers whose function includes the direct care of patients in state-licensed or funded voluntary programs; the care, protection, custody and oversight of individuals both in the community and in state-licensed residential facilities; those operating community shelters and other critical human services agencies providing direct care or support


• skilled trades such as electricians, plumbers
• other related construction firms and professionals for essential infrastructure or for emergency repair and safety purposes


• defense and national security-related operations supporting the U.S. Government or a contractor to the US government

Safety, Sanitation and Essential Operations of Residences or Other Essential Businesses

• law enforcement
• fire prevention and response
• building code enforcement
• security
• emergency management and response
• building cleaners or janitors
• general maintenance whether employed by the entity directly or a vendor
• automotive repair
• disinfection

Logistics and Technology Support, Child Care and Services

• logistics
• technology support for online services
• child care programs and services
• government owned or leased buildings
• essential government services