For the purposes of this Order, “Essential Businesses” means:
ealthcare Operations and Essential Infrastructure;
ii. Grocery stores, certified farmers’ markets, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, food banks, convenience stores, and other establishments engaged in the retail sale of canned or frozen food, dry goods, beverages, fresh fruits and vegetables, pet supply, fresh meats, fish, and poultry, and any other household consumer products (such as cleaning and personal care products). This includes stores that sell groceries and also sell other nongrocery products, and products necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences;
iii. Any form of cultivation of products for personal consumption or use, including farming,
ranching, livestock, and fishing, and associated activities, including, but not limited to,
activities or businesses associated with planting, growing, harvesting, processing,
cooling, storing, packaging, and transporting such products, or the wholesale or retail sale
of such products, provided that, to the extent possible, such businesses comply with
Social Distancing Requirements and otherwise provide for the health and safety of their
iv. Businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged, compromised or otherwise needy individuals;
v. Newspapers, television, radio, and other media services;
vi. Gas stations and auto-supply, auto-repair, and related facilities;
vii. Banks and related financial institutions;
viii. Hardware stores;
ix. Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services
that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of
residences, Essential Activities, and Essential Businesses;
x. Businesses providing mailing and shipping services, including post office boxes;
xi. Educational institutions—including public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and
universities—for purposes of facilitating distance learning or performing essential
functions, provided that social distancing of six-feet per person is maintained to the
greatest extent possible;
xii. Laundromats, drycleaners, and laundry service providers;
xiii. Restaurants and other facilities that prepare and serve food, but only for delivery or carry out. Schools and other entities that typically provide free food services to students or
members of the public may continue to do so under this Order on the condition that the
food is provided to students or members of the public on a pick-up and take-away basis
only. Schools and other entities that provide food services under this exemption shall not
permit the food to be eaten at the site where it is provided, or at any other gathering site;
xiv. Businesses that supply products needed for people to work from home;
xv. Businesses that supply other essential businesses with the support or supplies necessary to operate;
xvi. Businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food, goods or services directly to residences;
xvii. Airlines, taxis, and other private transportation providers providing transportation
services necessary for Essential Activities and other purposes expressly authorized in this
xviii. Home-based care for seniors, adults, or children;
xix. Residential facilities and shelters for seniors, adults, and children;
xx. Professional services, such as legal or accounting services, when necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities;
xxi. Childcare facilities providing services that enable employees exempted in this Order to
work as permitted. To the extent possible, childcare facilities must operate under the
following mandatory conditions:
1. Childcare must be carried out in stable groups of 12 or fewer (“stable” means that
the same 12 or fewer children are in the same group each day).
2. Children shall not change from one group to another.
3. If more than one group of children is cared for at one facility, each group shall be
in a separate room. Groups shall not mix with each other.
4. Childcare providers shall remain solely with one group of children.
xxii. Hotels, motels, bed and breakfast establishments, and other businesses that provide
transient occupancy for visitors to the County, provided that such business require their
patrons to shelter in place as otherwise required by this Order.
xxiii. On-going commercial construction (meaning commercial construction that actually
commenced, and was not just permitted, prior to the effective date of this Order),
provided that such activity implements Social Distancing Requirements to the extend
feasible and otherwise provides for the health and safety of their employees.
For the purposes of this Order, “Minimum Basic Operations” include the following, provided that employees comply with Social Distancing Requirements as defined this Section, to the extent possible, while carrying out such operations:
i. The minimum necessary activities to maintain the value of the business’s inventory,
ensure security, process payroll and employee benefits, or for related functions.
ii. The minimum necessary activities to facilitate employees of the business being able to
continue to work remotely from their residences.
g. For the purposes of this Order, “Essential Travel” includes travel within or without the County, or between the various counties, for any of the following purposes. Individuals engaged in any Essential Travel must comply with all Social Distancing Requirements as defined in this Section below.
i. Any travel related to the provision of or access to Essential Activities, Essential
Governmental Functions or Services, Essential Businesses, or Minimum Basic
ii. Travel to care for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other
iii. Travel to or from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance
learning, for receiving meals, and any other related services.
iv. Travel to return to a place of residence from outside the jurisdiction.
v. Travel required by law enforcement or court order.
vi. Travel required for non-residents to return to their place of residence outside the County. Individuals are strongly encouraged to verify that their transportation out of the County remains available and functional prior to commencing such travel.
vii. Travel engaged in interstate commerce and otherwise subject to the provisions of the
Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution.
h. For purposes of this Order, residences include hotels, motels, shared rental units and similar facilities.
For purposes of this Order, “Social Distancing Requirements” includes maintaining at least sixfoot social distancing from other individuals, washing hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds as frequently as possible or using hand sanitizer, covering coughs or sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not hands), regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces, and not shaking hands.