What's open in NYC? Here's a list of 'essential' businesses covered under NY, NJ, Conn. coronavirus orders

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced sweeping orders Friday that will severely restrict gatherings of any size for the state's more than 19 million residents and will require workers in nonessential businesses to stay home. The restrictions took effect at 8 p.m. Sunday.

Gov. Phil Murphy followed Saturday with similar restrictions for New Jersey's 9 million residents. Murphy ordered residents to stay home, banned all gatherings and told nonessential retail businesses to close by 9 p.m. Saturday in order to slow the spread of the coronovirus in the state.

And Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont on Friday signed an executive order that requires all "non-essential" businesses and nonprofit organizations, to shut down or have workers their employees to work from home, through April 22. The restrictions, part of Lamont’s "Stay Home, Stay Safe” message to residents, took effect at 8 p.m. on Monday.

Now that the 100-percent non-essential worker stay at home order is in effect for New York and New Jersey, many people are wondering what is considered essential?

Here's what is open in New York City:

Grocery storesPharmaciesBodegas that make sandwichesWine & Liquor storesRestaurants -- for takeout and delivery onlyAutomobile MechanicsBike repair shopsLaundromats

And here is what's covered by New York's order (see New Jersey, Connecticut below):

1. Essential Health Care Operations, Including:

research and laboratory services


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

2. Essential Infrastructure, Including:

utilities including power generation, fuel supply and transmission

public water and wastewater

telecommunications and data centers


transportation infrastructure such as bus, rail, or for-hire vehicles, garages

hotels, and places of accommodation

3. Essential Manufacturing, Including:

food processing, manufacturing agents, including all foods and beverages


medical equipment/instruments


sanitary products




household paper products

4. Essential Retail, Including:

grocery stores including all food and beverage stores


convenience stores

farmer's markets

gas stations

restaurants/bars (but only for take-out/delivery)

hardware and building material stores

5. Essential Services, Including:

trash and recycling collection, processing and disposal

mail and shipping services


building cleaning and maintenance

child care services

auto repair

warehouse/distribution and fulfillment

funeral homes, crematoriums and cemeteries

storage for essential businesses

animal shelters

6. News Media

7. Financial Institutions, Including:





services related to financial markets

8. Providers of Basic Necessities to Economically Disadvantaged Populations, Including:

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

9. Construction, Including:

skilled trades such as electricians, plumbers 

other related construction firms and professionals for essential infrastructure or for emergency repair and safety purposes

10. Defense

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

11. Essential Services Necessary to Maintain the Safety, Sanitation and Essential Operations of Residences or Other Essential Businesses, Including:

law enforcement

fire prevention and response

building code enforcement


emergency management and response

building cleaners or janitors

general maintenance whether employed by the entity directly or a vendor

automotive repair


12. Vendors that Provide Essential Services or Products, Including Logistics and Technology Support, Child Care and Services:


technology support for online services

child care programs and services

government owned or leased buildings

essential government services

You can find more on the New York order here.

Here's what's covered by New Jersey's order:

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy ordered residents to stay home, banned all gatherings and told nonessential retail businesses to close by 9 p.m. Saturday in order to slow the spread of the coronovirus in the state.

Here's what New Jersey defines as essential businesses:

• Grocery stores, farmer's markets and farms that sell directly to customers, and other food stores, including retailers that offer a varied assortment of foods comparable to what exists at a grocery store;• Pharmacies and medical marijuana dispensaries;• Medical supply stores;• Gas stations;• Convenience stores;• Ancillary stores within healthcare facilities;• Hardware and home improvement stores;• Banks and other financial institutions;• Laundromats and dry-cleaning services;• Stores that principally sell supplies for children under five years;• Pet stores;• Liquor stores;• Car dealerships, but only for auto maintenance and repair, and auto mechanics;• Printing and office supply shops;• Mail and delivery stores.

You can find more on the New Jersey order here.

Here's what's covered by Connecticut's order:

Gov. Ned Lamont's office said businesses and entities that provide essential services "shall include, but not be limited to, the 16 critical infrastructure sectors as defined by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security." The list of those critical infrastructure sectors are here. They include health care, first responders and food/agriculture.

You can find more on the Connecticut order here.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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