The following information was provided by the West Virginia Retailers Association.
"Essential Business" & "Non-Essential Business" Information

WVRA Members:

Below is a list from the Governor’s Office for the state of West Virginia listing non-essential and essential businesses.

Gov. Justice’s order is effective at 8:00 p.m. today Tuesday, March 24. It will remain in effect until terminated by subsequent executive order.

The Stay-at-Home order also relies on essential workforce guidance provided by the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA):  Attached Homeland Security CISA Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce

If you are unsure after reviewing the list below please read the CISA Guidance Document attached above for a very comprehensive list.

Q: What will be closed as non-essential?

A: Businesses and workplaces that do not fall under these essential categories or are otherwise designated as essential shall close.

Those already closed by Executive Order include:
  • Dine-in restaurants
  • Bars and nightclubs
  • Entertainment venues including casinos and performance halls
  • Barber shops and hair and nail salons
  • Gyms and fitness centers

The Stay-At-Home order specifically prohibits from remaining open:
  • Amusement facilities including carnivals, zoos, fairs, arcades and those with rides
  • Entertainment facilities including movie and other theaters
  • Activity venues including playgrounds, bowling alleys, pool halls, and racetracks
  • Bingo halls, social clubs and adult entertainment venues

Essential business and operations (full details are available in the Executive Order )

  • Health care
  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Doctor’s offices
  • Other medical practices including dental and eye care
  • Pharmacies and over-the-counter drug retailers
  • Substance use disorder and mental health services
  • Home-based health and care providers
  • Medical goods suppliers including eyewear and contact lens providers
  • Organizations collecting blood, blood products and other needed materials
  • Health insurance providers and managed care organizations

  • Food
  • Grocery stores
  • Convenience stores
  • Take-out and delivery restaurants
  • Farmers markets
  • Food bank and food pantries
  • Take-out and delivery meal services, including school-based
  • Agricultural operations
  • Providers of livestock, seafood, baked goods and other food sources
  • Livestock, farming and other agricultural feed and supply businesses

  • Housing
  • Hotels and motels
  • Nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
  • Residential facilities for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities
  • Inpatient mental health and substance use disorder facilities
  • Shelters for adults, seniors and children
  • Animal shelters, kennels and rescue centers

  • Public safety
  • Police stations
  • Fire stations
  • Ambulance services
  • 911 and emergency dispatch centers
  • Correctional facilities and operations
  • Hazardous materials responders

  • Essential government functions
  • Legislative function
  • Judicial functions
  • Programs and services that support essential operations and functions
  • Hotlines or helplines, including for Medicaid, SNAP benefits, etc.
  • Contacted services in support of government operations

  • Human services
  • Child protection and child welfare organizations
  • Day care centers and homes
  • Social services agencies and organizations

  • Transportation
  • Gas stations
  • Public transit
  • Road, rail and air services
  • Shipping and delivery services
  • Vehicle rental services
  • Taxi and rideshare providers such as Uber and Lyft
  • Auto dealers and repair services

  • Essential infrastructure
  • Utilities including water, sewer, and natural gas
  • Coal-fired and other means of electrical generation
  • Coal mining and production or distribution of other raw materials including oil and natural gas
  • Hardware and supply stores
  • Businesses that manufacture, produce, prepare, build, store, sell and distribute the materials and facilities needed to respond to this public health emergency
  • Building, construction and other trades that support essential infrastructure
  • Communications infrastructure and services, including media
  • Cyber and other security operations and services
  • Flood control and solid waste, recycling and sanitation collection and removal

  • Financial institutions
  • Banks and credit unions
  • ATM services
  • Lending services
  • Insurance providers
  • Financial support services including appraisers, title companies and underwriters

  • Other
  • Schools and other educational institutions providing distance learning
  • Places of worship
  • Funeral homes and related services
  • Legal, accounting and other professional services
  • Laundromats, dry cleaners and laundry services
  • Outdoor public spaces including parks and trails not specifically closed by executive order
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