What's an essential business?

Miller County Health Center lists what's allowed, what's not

There has been much talk since the COVID-19 crisis consumed our lives about what is considered an essential business and what is not. At this point in the evolution of the coronavirus, essential businesses are allowed to remain open as a public service.

Here is what the Miller County Health Center says is essential and what is not, and what activities are allowed unless further orders are issued by either the state or local officials.

Allowed Activities under Miller County’s Stay-at-Home and Social Distancing order

Essential Businesses (and their employees):

  • Banks

  • Child Care / Daycare Providers (these businesses are allowed to provide childcare for working families, but must following CDC guidance for their operations)

  • Communications and Information Technology

  • Critical Manufacturing (medical supply, energy, transportation, food, chemicals)

  • Electricity and Utility Services

  • Farmworkers

  • Grocery Stores and Retail Food/Beverage Stores

  • Healthcare Providers and Establishments

  • Pharmacies

  • Petroleum, Natural and Propane Gas Services

  • Restaurants/Food Establishments for Drive-Thru, Carry Out and Delivery Services

  • Transportation Services

  • Construction & Building Maintenance Services

While these essential businesses may remain open, the order states businesses must follow U.S. Department of Homeland Security (CISA), social gatherings and social distancing guidelines.


Non-Essential Services Include:

  • Beauty and Personal Care Services and Facilities, including but not limited to Barber Shops, Hair Salons, Nail Salons, Spas, and Waxing Salons.

  • Entertainment and Hospitality, including but not limited to Arenas, Auditoriums, Cafeterias, Coin-Operated Amusement Devices/Games,

  • Casinos, Concert Venues, Conference Rooms, Meeting Halls, Stadiums, and Theatres.

  • Recreation and Athletics, including but not limited to Fitness/Health Centers, Fitness/Health Classes (e.g.: Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Spin, Yoga, Zumba), Gyms, Recreation Centers, and Bowling Alleys.

  • Retail Facilities – Retailers providing non-essential services are encouraged to continue online, pick-up and delivery services.

If non-essential businesses are unable to provide sufficient space for social distancing, including between staff and customers, then they shall cease provision of such service.  A waiver may be obtained from the Department of Economic Development.


Allowed Activities if Social Distancing Guidelines are followed:

  • Going to grocery, convenience, or warehouse stores.

  • Going to pharmacy for medication pick-up and other healthcare necessities.

  • Going to medical appointments (check with your provider first).

  • Going to other sites that provide essential services, such as banks or gas stations.

  • Going to restaurants for drive-thru, take-out or delivery.

  • Going to a place of worship, as long as the limitations on social gatherings (no more than 10 people in any single space) and social distancing (6 feet between each person) are properly adhered to.

  • Taking a walk/run, riding your bike, hiking, fishing, hunting, golfing, or other outdoor exercise, as long as the social distancing (6 feet between each person) are properly adhered to.

Activities Not Allowed:

•Visiting state office buildings that are closed to the public.

•Gathering in groups of more than 10 people.

•Standing closer than 6 feet of distance from others.

•Visiting loved ones in nursing homes, long-term care facilities, and assisted living home; unless you are providing critical assistance.

•Non-essential shopping and browsing physically in stores.

Questions about the coronavirus? Call the hotline 877-435-8411.