What are essential businesses and activities

Gov. Ron DeSantis has issued a Safer-at-Home executive order, which goes into effect midnight on Friday, April 3. The order – EO 20-91 Order – states essential services are those listed in Miami-Dade County Emergency Order 07-20 – coronavirus-emergency-order-07-20-businesses

Businesses that can remain open include:

  • All medical facilities, doctors’ offices, and airlines will remain open.
  • architectural, engineering and landscape services
  • assisted living facilities (ALFs), nursing homes, adult day care centers and senior residential facilities
  • banks
  • business that interact with customers solely through electronic or telephonic means
  • business operating at any airport, seaport or other government facility
  • childcare facilities, but limiting to a maximum of 10 children and teachers in any one group
  • construction sites currently in operation, regardless of building type
  • convenience stores
  • factories, manufacturing facilities, bottling plants and other industrial sites
  • food cultivation, including farming, livestock and fishing
  • gas stations
  • grocery stores
  • hardware stores
  • home-based care for seniors, adults or children
  • landscaping and pool services
  • laundromats
  • logistics providers
  • mail and shipping services
  • natural and propane gas providers
  • newspapers, TV, radio and media services
  • pet supply stores
  • pharmacies
  • professional services, such as legal and accounting services
  • restaurant kitchens, for pick-up and delivery only
  • services providing food, shelter, social services and other necessities for the economically disadvantaged
  • taxis and private transportation providers
  • telecommunications providers
  • waste management service, including collection and disposal

The order has since been amended to include:

  • Car dealerships
  • Marinas and boat launches, docking, fueling, marine supply and other marina services
  • Hotels and motels
  • Veterinarians and pet boarding facilities
  • Mortuaries, funeral homes and cemeteries
  • Liquor stores
  • Firearm and ammunition supply stores

Amendents 1, 2 and 3.


Gov. DeSantis’ executive order lists these as essential activities:

  • Attending religious services conducted by churches, synagogues, and houses of worship.
  • Recreational activities consistent with social distancing guidelines: walking, biking, hiking, fishing, hunting, running or swimming
  • Taking care of pets
  • Caring for or otherwise assisting a loved one or friend.

Nothing in the order prevents someone from working from home.

Deliver, carry-out or curbside service of orders placed online or via phone are encouraged. I expect the governor will better define this order over the next few days.


The Miami-Dade emergency order does list businesses that had to remain closed, but DeSantis’ order doesn’t mention closures. coronavirus-emergency-order-07-20-businesses

The closed business in the Miami-Dade emergency order included:

Business closures

  • art supply stores, craft supply stores
  • barbers, beauty salons, nail studios
  • bookstores
  • casinos,
  • clothing boutiques
  • indoor amusement parks, trampoline parks, driving ranges
  • jewelry stores
  • malls
  • music supply stores
  • pawn shops
  • social clubs, tennis clubs, golf courses, fishing charters
  • souvenir stores
  • spas
  • sporting goods stores
  • tutoring centers, music classes
  • toy stores and children’s stores
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3 thoughts on “What are essential businesses and activities

  1. The mother of my daughter is refusing to allow my scheduled visitation (she lives in Pensacola and I’m in Destin). She states that transferring a child for custody visitation is not in the order. I’m blindsided. Both homes have been fully quarantined for weeks and I’m afraid she may not allow me to see my daughter for months even though it violates a court order. Wouldn’t having scheduled visitation with your child be considered essential?

  2. I have a question, how about law enforcement and corrections training academies high most are under control of many school districts and you know most of these leaders have ran down the rabbit hole. Law enforcement agencies throughout the state are hurting for new officers so yeah, let’s shut them down. When do we start to understand there should be exemptions and stop the knee jerking

  3. Thanks for all the updates Rick! You’re my main source for accurate information. Sure appreciate YOU and all you are doing! Keep up the great job – we need you.

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