LIST: All the essential businesses that will remain open during the stay-home-work-safe order

Harris County, Houston and Montgomery County announced Tuesday that the stay home order issued last week was extended through the end of April.

While the orders are in place, only essential businesses can remain in operation.

Here are all the businesses and sectors considered “essential" during the order:

Essential Retail

  • Grocery stores
  • Warehouse stores
  • Furniture suppliers
  • Big box stores
  • Bodegas
  • Liquor stores
  • Gas stations
  • Convenience stores
  • Farmers’ markets that sell food products and household staples
  • Food cultivation including farming, ranching, fishing and livestock
  • Food production including the production of canned goods, bottled beverages and other grocery items
  • Businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food, goods or services directly to homes
  • Restaurants and other facilities that prepare and serve food, but only for deliver, drive-thru or carry out
  • Schools and other entities that typically provide free services to students or members of the public on a pick-up or take-away basis only
  • Restriction of delivery or carry-out does not apply to cafes or restaurants within hospitals or medical facilities
  • Laundromats, dry cleaners and laundry service providers
  • Gas stations, auto supply, auto and bicycle repair, hardware stores, and related facilities

Healthcare / Public Health

  • Workers providing COVID-19 testing; Workers that perform critical clinical research needed for COVID-19 response
  • Caregivers (e.g., physicians, dentists, psychologists, mid-level practitioners, nurses and assistants, infection control and quality assurance personnel, pharmacists, physical and occupational therapists and assistants, social workers, speech pathologists and diagnostic and therapeutic technicians and technologists)
  • Hospital and laboratory personnel (including accounting, administrative, admitting and discharge, engineering, epidemiological, source plasma and blood donation, food service, housekeeping, medical records, information technology and operational technology, nutritionists, sanitarians, respiratory therapists, etc.)
  • Workers in other medical facilities (including Ambulatory Health and Surgical, Blood Banks, Clinics, Community Mental Health, Comprehensive Outpatient rehabilitation, End Stage Renal Disease, Health Departments, Home Health care, Hospices, Hospitals, Long Term Care, Organ Pharmacies, Procurement Organizations, Psychiatric Residential, Rural Health Clinics and Federally Qualified Health Centers)
  • Manufacturers, technicians, logistics and warehouse operators, and distributors of medical equipment, personal protective equipment (PPE), medical gases, pharmaceuticals, blood and blood products, vaccines, testing materials, laboratory supplies, cleaning, sanitizing, disinfecting or sterilization supplies, and tissue and paper towel products
  • Public health / community health workers, including those who compile, model, analyze and communicate public health information
  • Blood and plasma donors and the employees of the organizations that operate and manage related activities
  • Workers that manage health plans, billing, and health information, who cannot practically work remotely
  • Workers who conduct community-based public health functions, conducting epidemiologic surveillance, compiling, analyzing and communicating public health information, who cannot practically work remotely
  • Workers performing cybersecurity functions at healthcare and public health facilities, who cannot practically work remotely
  • Workers conducting research critical to COVID-19 response
  • Workers performing security, incident management, and emergency operations functions at or on behalf of healthcare entities including healthcare coalitions, who cannot practically work remotely
  • Workers who support food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals, such as those residing in shelters
  • Pharmacy employees necessary for filling prescriptions
  • Workers performing mortuary services, including funeral homes, crematoriums, and cemetery workers
  • Workers who coordinate with other organizations to ensure the proper recovery, handling, identification, transportation, tracking, storage, and disposal of human remains and personal effects; certify cause of death; and facilitate access to mental/behavioral health services to the family members, responders, and survivors of an incident

Law Enforcement / Public Safety / First Responders


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