Here Are The Essential Businesses In Massachusetts, Under Baker's New Order

Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday ordered all "non-essential" businesses and organizations to close by noon Tuesday for at least two weeks.

The list of what's allowed to stay open is nine pages long and covers the following broad categories:

  • Health care, public health and human services
  • Law enforcement, public safety and first responders
  • Food and agriculture
  • Energy (including electric, petroleum, natural gas, propane gas and steam)
  • Water and wastewater
  • Transportation and logistics
  • Public works
  • Communications and information technology
  • Critical manufacturing
  • Hazardous materials
  • Financial services
  • Chemical
  • Defense industrial base

Here is some of the work that's allowed to continue and workplaces allowed to stay open, though individual businesses may decide to close:

  • Restaurants and bars for takeout and delivery
  • Grocery stores and pharmacies
  • Banks
  • Liquor stores
  • Medical marijuana stores (recreational marijuana stores must close)
  • Blood banks, methadone clinics, shelters
  • Cemeteries, funeral homes and crematoriums
  • Food packaging facilities
  • Company and campus cafeterias
  • Organizations responsible for the care and custody of animals (like dog shelters and daycares)
  • Gas stations and rest stops
  • Taxi, Lyft and Uber drivers
  • Mass transit
  • Car repair shops
  • Postal workers and commercial shipping companies
  • Moving companies
  • Airports and airlines
  • Plumbers, electricians, exterminators and inspectors
  • Sanitation workers
  • Park and forest workers
  • Media
  • Cable and internet service providers, and associated customer service departments
  • Security staff
  • Elections workers
  • Weather forecasters
  • Emergency child care workers
  • Hotels
  • Construction workers (though Boston has put on hold any construction projects)
  • Sober home workers
  • Laundromats and laundry services
  • Places of worship

The full list is here.


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Ally Jarmanning Senior Reporter
Ally is a senior reporter focused on criminal justice and police accountability.



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