What is Considered an Essential or Non-Essential Business?
The news has hit the stands and not only are the public schools closed down in Las Vegas, but the Governor of Nevada has also announced that all non-essential businesses will too. As of noon, on March 18th, 2020; most establishments will be forced to close their doors for at least 30 days. Governor Sisolak explicitly stated the following deeming only a number of businesses to be crucial or not.
Non-essential Businesses According to Sisolak Speech:
- beauty shops
- barber shops
- waxing salon
Essential Businesses According to Sisolak Speech:
- grocery stores
- drug and convenience store
- banks and financial institutions
- hardware stores
- gas stations
However, not all businesses were listed in Mr. Sisolak’s speech for these specified guidelines. This has left many business owners and their employees to wonder, what businesses are actually considered essential?
What’s Staying Open:
- Pharmacies, supermarkets and convenience stores
- All medical and healthcare facilities
- Restaurants – carry out & delivery only
- Food processing, agriculture and industrial manufacturing
- Home & auto repair, hardware & construction; plumbers, electricians, etc.
- Trash collection
- Post offices
- Banks & Insurance
- Gas Stations
- Vets & Pet Stores
- Warehousing, storage & distribution
- Public transportation
- Hotel & commercial lodging
Plumbers Are Essential:
According to a notification sent out by the Executive Director of PHCC of Nevada, Jordan Krahenbuhl;
“The Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors of Nevada have contacted State and Local officials to let them know that Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Contractors and Suppliers must be considered Essential Businesses to protect the Heath, Sanitation and Safety of the citizens of Nevada. Systems such as but not limited to drain lines, water lines, gas lines, water heaters, furnaces, air conditioners etc. must be maintained to help those who are sick and protect those who are healthy.”
Which means that it is essential for plumbing companies and other trades to keep their doors open if possible, in these critical times while being socially responsible. However, it is important to note that these workers especially will need to practice social distance and good personal hygiene habits moreso than ever before since they are still dealing with the public.