UPDATE: Full List of Essential Businesses That Can Stay Open in Maryland

March 23, 2020

On Monday, March 23, 2020, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan gave an update on the response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Gov. Larry Hogan announced an executive order closing all nonessential businesses.

His order does not restrict residents from leaving their homes.

Essential businesses providing medical care, as well as food and groceries will be permitted to remain open.


Re: Order of the Governor of the State of Maryland, Number 20-03-23-01, dated March 23, 2020, Amending and Restating the Order of March 19, 2020, Prohibiting Large Gatherings and
Events and Closing Senior Centers, and Additionally Closing All Non-Essential Businesses and Other Establishments

At this time, the Office of Legal Counsel recommends that the Administration interpret the above referenced Order as follows:

1. Not a Shelter-in-Place Order. The Order is not a shelter-in-place order. However, all Marylanders are urged to remain home, and employers are urged to promote work-from-home arrangements to the greatest extent possible.

2. Businesses, Organizations, and Facilities That May Remain Open. The following is a nonexhaustive list of businesses, organizations, and facilities that are included in the federal critical infrastructure sectors. The Order does not require these businesses, organizations, and facilities to close.

a. The Chemical Sector includes, but is not limited to:
i. Pharmaceutical manufacturers.
ii. Chemical manufacturers.
iii. Distributors of chemicals and pharmaceuticals.
b. The Commercial Facilities Sector includes, but is not limited to:
i. Lodging.
ii. Building and property maintenance companies, including without limitation plumbers, electricians, HVAC service companies, roofers, environmental services companies, exterminators, arborists, and landscapers.
iii. Janitorial firms.
iv. Companies that sell supplies and materials for maintenance of commercial and residential buildings, including “big box” home improvement supply stores, plumbing distributors, electrical distributors, and HVAC distributors.
v. Laundromats, dry cleaners, and laundry services.
vi. Commercial and residential construction companies.
vii. Self-storage facilities.

Please note: Casinos, racetracks, simulcast betting facilities, enclosed malls, certain recreational establishments, and certain retail businesses are subject to specific provisions of this and other Orders, and are required to close.  Please read the Order carefully.

c. The Communications Sector includes, but is not limited to:

i. Broadcasting companies and stations.
ii. Cable TV companies.
iii. Telephone (cellular and landline) companies.
iv. Internet service providers.
d. The Critical Manufacturing Sector includes, but is not limited to, manufacturing of:
i. Steel, iron, and aluminum products.
ii. Engines, motors, turbines, generators, and power transmission equipment.
iii. Earth-moving, mining, agricultural, and construction equipment.
iv. Parts for water, electric, and telecommunications utility infrastructure.
v. Land, air, and water vehicles, and related parts.
vi. Medical equipment.
vii. Personal protective equipment.
viii. Cleaning and sanitation equipment and supplies.
e. The Defense Industrial Base Sector includes, but is not limited to:
i. Companies that research, develop, manufacture, or integrate weapons, defense, or
intelligence systems or assets.
ii. Private contractors that support defense and intelligence agencies.
f. The Emergency Services Sector includes, but is not limited to:
i. Law enforcement.
ii. Emergency medical services.
iii. Emergency management.
iv. Fire and rescue services.
v. Private ambulance companies.
g. The Energy Sector includes, but is not limited to:
i. Companies engaged in electricity production (excluding hydroelectric and nuclear, which are included in other sectors).
ii. Companies engaged in the production, refining, storage, transportation, distribution, and sale of oil, gas, and propane products, including gas stations and truck stops.
iii. Companies that provide utility maintenance services.
h. The Financial Services Sector includes, but is not limited to:
i. Banks and credit unions.
ii. Non-bank lenders.
iii. Payroll processing companies.
iv. Payment processing companies.
v. Armored car companies.
vi. Insurance companies.
vii. Securities and investment companies.
viii. Accounting and bookkeeping firms.
i. The Food and Agriculture Sector includes, but is not limited to:
i. Grocery stores.
ii. Farmer’s markets.
iii. Convenience stores.
iv. Alcoholic beverage stores and distributors, distilleries, and wineries.
v. Institutional food service and supply companies.
vi. Farms.
vii. Food manufacturing and processing.
viii. Pet supply stores.
ix. Veterinary hospitals, clinics, and kennels.
x. Companies that manufacture, maintain, and sell agricultural equipment.
xi. Companies that manufacture, or support the manufacturing of paper products.

Please note: Restaurants and bars are subject to specific provisions of the Order, and are required to close (except for carry-out, delivery, and drive-through sales). Please read the Order carefully.

j. The Government Facilities Sector also encompasses private persons and entities that support
the judicial system including, but not limited to:
i. Lawyers and law firms.
ii. Court reporters.
iii. Bail bondsmen.
k. The Healthcare and Public Health Sector includes, but is not limited to:
i. Hospitals.
ii. Healthcare systems and clinics.
iii. Offices of health care providers, including physicians, dentists, and pharmacists.
iv. Physical, occupation, and speech therapists.
v. Behavioral health facilities and professionals, including psychologists, mental health counselors, and substance abuse counselors
vi. Rehabilitation facilities.
vii. Diagnostic facilities, including radiology, imaging, and laboratory facilities.
viii. Health plans, payors, and billing companies.
ix. Funeral homes and crematoriums.
x. Senior living facilities, including independent living, assisted living, and skilled nursing.
xi. Manufacturers and distributors of medical equipment and supplies.
xii. Medical cannabis growers, processors, and dispensaries.
xiii. Home health care companies.
xiv. Pharmacies.

l. The Information Technology Sector includes, but is not limited to:

i. Companies that design, develop, distribute, host, sell, and support information technology software and hardware.
ii. Companies that provide network routing, access, and configuration services.
m. The Transportation Systems Sector includes, but is not limited to:
i. Airlines and operators of commercial aircraft (manned and unmanned).
ii. Airports, air strips, heliports, and seaplane bases.
iii. Railroads.
iv. Motor carriers.
v. Carriers of marine freight, including ocean carriers and inland carriers.
vi. Marine, rail, truck, and intermodal terminals, and operators thereof.
vii. Stevedores, longshoremen, baggage handlers, and others who handle cargo at
transportation hubs.
viii. Courier, package delivery, mail service, and mail management companies.
ix. Warehousing and distribution companies.
x. Pipeline owners, operators and maintenance companies.
xi. Lessors of transportation assets, including railcars and truck trailers.
xii. Companies that supply parts, or provide maintenance and repair services for transportation assets and infrastructure, including aircraft, marine vessels, locomotives, rail cars, trucks, buses, cars, heavy equipment, roads, bridges, tunnels, airports, air strips, marine terminals, railroads.
xiii. Automotive supply stores and repair shops.
n. The Water and Wastewater Systems Sector includes, but is not limited to:
i. Municipal, community, and other drinking water and wastewater systems and facilities.
ii. Well drillers.
iii. Companies that provide maintenance and inspection services for water and wastewater assets, including treatment works, residential water treatment systems, piping, pumps, tanks, drains, conveyances, and monitoring systems.
iv. Water testing companies.
o. Supporting Firms. The federal critical infrastructure sectors include firms providing the following to any other business, organization, or facility included in the federal critical infrastructure sectors:

i. Staffing and/or payroll services.
ii. Essential raw materials, products, or services.

3. Door-to-Door Solicitation. Door-to-door solicitation (even by businesses that are permitted to remain open) is likely to violate social-distancing guidelines and should be discontinued.

PLEASE NOTE: The list in #2 above is non-exhaustive. The fact that a particular business, organization, or facility is not included in the list does not mean it is excluded from the federal critical infrastructure sectors.

Please consult https://www.cisa.gov/identifying-critical-infrastructure-during-covid-19 for additional guidance about what is and is not included in the federal critical infrastructure sectors.

56 Responses to UPDATE: Full List of Essential Businesses That Can Stay Open in Maryland

  1. Marry on March 23, 2020 at 12:09 pm

    Can apply for unemployment for my partime job

  2. Baud9600 on March 23, 2020 at 12:09 pm

    I wonder if most of the Federal & State employees will continue to be non-essential, as they have been for so many years? But I guess they will still reap a paycheck from our tax dollars while we are ordered to “NOT WORK” (aka; don’t collect a paycheck). Seems about right.

    • D Bowling on March 23, 2020 at 6:09 pm

      As one of the federal workers who was affected by the government shutdown, i never wish anyone to be out of work. We had to resort to seeking state assistance when we were out of work with children and bills continued to come in. It doesnt matter what industry you work in, it can happen to anyone of us. Please apply for all of the resources that are out there. I wish you the best and will this situation resolves soon

      • Anonymous on March 24, 2020 at 3:49 pm

        Apparently Baud forgot about the govt furlough a couple years ago…where workers were not allowed to work Fridays. Instead, salaries went to pay for government expenses.

    • Feds Matter on March 23, 2020 at 8:12 pm

      Um, they pay taxes too so….

    • Anonymous on March 24, 2020 at 10:24 am

      It’s not like people are being sent home to twiddle their thumbs. Those with the capability to do their jobs remotely are still doing them.

    • Yes, it does. on March 24, 2020 at 12:37 pm

      It sucks that some jobs are shut down by the State for the greater good of the nation…so the spread of this virus can be somewhat ‘controlled’. Currently MANY jobs… not just State & Federal, that can be performed remotely, are. Like many businesses, government positions also have: people over 60; people with compromised immune systems; and people in less than ideal physical health. No one wants to lose valued employees to a possible preventable death. If it helps, think of it like when a couple years ago all federal workers (not including defense contractors) were furloughed every other Friday. That lasted a while and equated to their salaries being docked to fund the federal government. Not the whole nation…not just those who are wealthy…just those who held government positions. Some had to tap into retirement savings to get by during that time. That was their provided ‘assistance’.

      For the record, Federal and State employees are still performing their jobs in one of two ways:
      1. They are working their desk jobs from home if provisions are in place
      2. They are physically at work doing their jobs if their job does not lend itself to teleworking, or if no provisions are in place.

    • jJ Rooper Rowe on March 26, 2020 at 9:06 am

      Go back to watching Fox News, Baud.

  3. Jay on March 23, 2020 at 12:11 pm

    Your garbage men want hazmat pay for keeping us out here if not these truck will not move

    • Anonymouse on March 23, 2020 at 7:56 pm

      Do yall have a union? I hope something like this can be organized for every sector.

  4. Anonymous on March 23, 2020 at 12:12 pm

    Operation Knee-Jerk™ entering the next phase.

  5. john h fisher on March 23, 2020 at 12:23 pm

    please email list of essential service’s

  6. Mike on March 23, 2020 at 12:49 pm

    I heard people say the tractor supply well be open and vet,office well be open too so not much is closing down what about the 100 cars at lowes also.

    • Bebop on March 23, 2020 at 1:13 pm

      Hollar upstairs to your Mom and have her heat you up a Hot Pocket.

    • Since Mark can't comprehend... on March 23, 2020 at 2:02 pm

      I copied and pasted from the article you just read:

      2. Businesses, Organizations, and Facilities That May Remain Open.

      iv. Companies that sell supplies and materials for maintenance of commercial and residential buildings, including “big box” home improvement supply stores,

      You see Mark, Lowes sells stuff that someone may need: faucets, shingles, toilet repair parts, lighting, plants & seeds to grow fruits & vegetables…I could go on, but you get the idea…in fact, I’m sure you already knew that. You just wanted to complain.

      Stores like Lowes also are large enough to accommodate ‘social distancing. You knew that too.

      • Preach on March 23, 2020 at 4:28 pm

        Yea…Mike

    • Anonymous on March 23, 2020 at 2:03 pm

      They mentioned “big box” home improvement supply stores…that Lowes, Home Depot and Tractor Supply.

  7. Rubbernecking on March 23, 2020 at 1:02 pm

    What about automotive service / repair shops within dealerships like Ford? They’re still open.

    • Unbelievable on March 23, 2020 at 2:12 pm

      2. Businesses, Organizations, and Facilities That May Remain Open. The following is a nonexhaustive list of businesses, organizations, and facilities that are included in the federal critical infrastructure sectors.

      …non-exhaustive list…means it’s not a final (absolute) list

      Vehicle repair IS considered a necessity. Are some of you (Mike & Rubbernecking) really this ignorant?

      • Rochelle on March 25, 2020 at 5:25 pm

        I am an employee at Lowes and I don’t mine serving the public but at least make sure your employees are being compensated well. Some of the smaller businesses are being paid more money per hour because they are putting their lives at risk.

    • Dr Emmett L. Brown on March 24, 2020 at 8:11 am

      they are allowed to be: under m. The Transportation Systems Sector includes, but is not limited to:
      xii. Companies that supply parts, or provide maintenance and repair services for transportation assets and infrastructure, including aircraft, marine vessels, locomotives, rail cars, trucks, buses, cars, heavy equipment, roads, bridges, tunnels, airports, air strips, marine terminals, railroads.
      xiii. Automotive supply stores and repair shops.

  8. Martin Estigarribia on March 23, 2020 at 1:23 pm

    We are more than 80 people working in our car dealership, while the owner is at home for self quarantine and we are at work, if we keep it open its impossible to avoid group of 10 or less people to get together. People are not taking this virus serious.

    • crabdip on March 23, 2020 at 7:58 pm

      your boss sounds like an @$$.

  9. Rubbernecking on March 23, 2020 at 1:41 pm

    Just saw the list, I guess maintenance folks are essential. Guess I better go get my oil changed now that I have time.

  10. Anonymous on March 23, 2020 at 2:05 pm

    They mentioned “big box” home improvement supply stores…that Lowes, Home Depot and Tractor Supply.

  11. Anonymous on March 23, 2020 at 2:15 pm

    We need a complete shutdown. With the list above not to much will be shutdown and yet it will continue to worsen.

    • Not everybody on March 23, 2020 at 4:31 pm

      …Only those who choose to go out, not wash their hands regularly, and not practice social distancing.

      • Replies to Morons on March 23, 2020 at 10:20 pm

        So basically only nasty people will get it.

        Did I just see you rub your snotty nose on your hand and then touch your phone and then walked to the bathroom to wash your hands and then grab your phone again and touched a public door handle. No that wasn’t you because you are S-M-A-R-T and wash hands regularly and practice social distancing.

      • Chris on March 24, 2020 at 8:46 am

        Not everyone who goes out is CHOOSING to go out. My husband is afraid of losing his job, so he is going to work since construction is considered essential. He would rather be at home with me and his daughter.

    • Kelly on March 23, 2020 at 6:05 pm

      I agree..according to the jerk above this is just a knee-jerk reaction. Do you not see how many people are contracting this virus everyday? I guess its just all about him…idiot! Nobody is going to starve! Shut down completely for two weeks and slow the spread!

    • VP on March 23, 2020 at 6:38 pm

      We don’t need a complete shut down because we do not know how long this will last. The incubation period is two weeks, let alone the recovery time for people.
      Unpopular opinion: let Mother Nature take its course.

      • You Sound Stupid on March 24, 2020 at 9:28 am

        …and let your elderly family members potentially die?

    • Dan on March 24, 2020 at 1:12 pm

      Complete shutdown means people die of starvation because of no access to food. Accidents due to no ability to have home needed repairs done. Other health problems because of no access to medical services or medication. Countless stores going out of business. That’s not even considering the rise in crime caused by the increased desperation of the populace.

      Don’t let your cure be worse than the disease.

      • J Rooper Rowe on March 26, 2020 at 9:09 am

        Good Lord. Think for yourself. Stop using talking points.

  12. Anonymous on March 23, 2020 at 2:33 pm

    Basically, they are asking the public to not go out unless essential such as food or doctors appointments that are emergency or scheduled. Come on people use common sense you don’t need to go out and look at the cherry blossoms nor is it imperative that your grass looks good such things as mulch and grass seed. I understand that animals and people need to be fed so other than essentials there really is no reason to go out and stores should be limiting their customers. Please think of your neighbors and elderly for those of you who are hoarding groceries and toiletries everyone needs this and you should just do you regular grocery shopping (that’s if you are able to find something has been scarce). No one should be loading up on anything especially food and maybe call a neighbor to see if they need something. People need to stop panicking and being selfish about essentials. Businesses should be thinking about their vulnerable adults and send them home. People need to take this seriously!!! Stop going out unless you have to please you are putting other citizens at risk.

  13. Kenny on March 23, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    Would of been easier to just list the one store that needs to close.

  14. Lynn on March 23, 2020 at 3:44 pm

    Be happy there are still places opened so we can get what we need for exam Lowes getting garden supplies to start our garden for our foods and etc, Vets to take care of our animals, repair shops/gas stations to take care of our cars, other businesses that we may need. Be thankful there are people still working and paying taxes too keep Welfare and Medicad and other things our taxes go for going. If you are one that lost your job apply for unemployment now.
    Be thankful if you or your family members stay healthy and don’t get COVID 19 by following guidelines set by health and state and local officials that may know a little bit more then apparently they are getting credit for.
    And, lastly don’t forget to thank God for taking care of you and all the first responders.

  15. Anonymous on March 23, 2020 at 4:59 pm

    In other words… all blue collar workers need to go to work. It’s that easy.

  16. Andy on March 23, 2020 at 5:31 pm

    Operation overreact in full effect

    • Proof on March 24, 2020 at 9:32 am

      You can’t ‘stupid’.

      I’m sure you have convinced your elderly family members of this as well.

    • J Rooper Rowe on March 26, 2020 at 9:12 am

      PLEASE go out and get infected and come back and let us know how you’re making out…

      ‍♂️ unbelievable. One good thing about this crisis – it’s gonna thin out the gene pool.

  17. MeMe on March 23, 2020 at 6:13 pm

    Basically, only businesses to shut down are hair and nail salons.

  18. Anonymous on March 23, 2020 at 7:43 pm

    Basically nothing is shut down

  19. Anonymous on March 23, 2020 at 7:47 pm

    So what’s the point of a shut down when nothing seems to be closed
    It would of been easier to name the things that are shut down which is pretty much everything that has to do with the upper class lower class of citizens don’t matter get your asses to work an deal with the virus that is in your neighborhood
    Our government might as well say the little people don’t matter they don’t wanna help anyway they try to make you believe they are here to help but they aren’t they gonna take what jobs they can not help in time of crisis an if they give you any kind of dollar to help you gonna pay for it when this is all over in a few weeks add to the debt we already struggle with please an thank you for helping but I bet they have a sweet pay check an their bills are paid on point with no worries of feeding the kids or family in the next coming weeks an taxes aren’t strangling their necks at night while they have a good nights rest
    I don’t understand how a hard working normal American can ever get ahead to save anything seems like every few years or months lately a tragic occurrence happens an we are right back in the same boat sinking keep trying they say keep your head up they say a future thought for the upcoming generation life is hard every day enjoy while you are young those are the best years really

    • Grifter in Chief on March 24, 2020 at 8:15 am

      Well, Trump and MoscowMitchMcTreason want a $500 billion dollar slush fund, that tRump said he was going to manage – and this fund would have no oversight, so if you want to know why us working folk can’t get ahead, just look at who supposedly running the country. Oh, and don’t forget the members of Congress that sold millions of dollars in stock just before the market crashed

    • Anonymous on March 24, 2020 at 9:37 am

      Yea…I stopped reading after the 2nd line, realizing you posted one big run-on sentence.
      “Ain’t nobody got time for dat.” I’m sure you had thoughts in your head. You just didn’t take the time to make them legible.

    • Grammar Commander on March 24, 2020 at 10:16 am

      Since you were probably on it when you wrote this drivel, next time you need to use a PERIOD every once in a while.

    • Anonymous on March 25, 2020 at 5:29 am

      You know what isn’t hard? Using a period every now and then. Here’s a few for you………..

    • J Rooper Rowe on March 26, 2020 at 9:13 am

      Congratulations – you’ve set a record for longest sentence ever written.

  20. gimmie on March 24, 2020 at 7:04 am

    lets just wait for Trump to tell us this is not necessary just go back to work like nothing happened because I am doing such a great job.

    • J Rooper Rowe on March 26, 2020 at 9:26 am

      He’s literally driving folks to their demise. His ‘base’ of older White people are at the highest risk.
      I can’t understand why the GOP doesn’t see this – they’re biting their own hand.

  21. Anonymous on March 24, 2020 at 8:13 am

    Restaurants and bars closed to sit down business, too many people to close. What is the policy for church congregations?

    • We'll pray for you on March 24, 2020 at 3:27 pm

      Church congregations are closed. You’d know that if you went…heathon.

      • J Rooper Rowe on March 26, 2020 at 9:27 am

        LOL

  22. Anonymous on March 24, 2020 at 9:13 pm

    what was all these hoarders useing before buying all the toilet paper up ?? you think state will keep inspecting vehicles ??? maybe they’ll find out (looking in trunks/back seats) whos getting all the toilet paper ! How can we get sick from eating vegetable burgers or burger with only 35% meat ?? or totcos or tortillas or any food that can come out a small window under 2 minutes ??

  23. Anonymous on March 25, 2020 at 7:16 pm

    xii. Companies that supply parts, or provide maintenance and repair services for
    transportation assets and infrastructure

    I do not see recreational vessels/ pleasure craft comply with this.
    several marinas, yacht repair companies, “West Marine” use this loophole to keep their employees at work.

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