ATLANTA — Shelter-in-place orders are becoming the norm as the spread of the Coronavirus continues. Investigator Brendan Keefe from Atlanta looked into the exceptions to these orders from state-to-state.
While some stores are closed, others remain open for business as if the last month never happened. That’s because the open stores have been declared “essential services.”
According to the US Department of Homeland Security, these are 16 business sectors that are classified as essential:
- Chemical Sector
- Commercial Facilities Sector
- Communications Sector
- Critical Manufacturing Sector
- Dams Sector
- Defense Industrial Base Sector
- Emergency Services Sector
- Energy Sector
- Financial Services Sector
- Food and Agriculture Sector
- Government Facilities sector
- Healthcare and Public Health Sector
- Information technology Sector
- Nuclear Reactors Materials, and Waste Sector
- Transportation Systems Sector
- Water and Wastewater Systems Sector
These sectors include services provided by:
- Diagnostic labs
- Fire fighters
- Public safety workers
- Grocery stores
- Dry cleaners
- Delivery drivers
- Gas stations
- Shipping companies
- Public transportation
- Banks and ATMs
In some states, liquor stores have been declared “essential.” Some states even allowing "to go" drinks along with curbside delivery of meals. Many states have exempted construction companies. Roads have also remained open.
Businesses that are closed following shelter-in-place orders include tourist attractions, sports, venues, dine-in restaurants, office buildings, and movie theatres.
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