Essential Activities/Businesses

Essential activities are defined as:
  • Engaging in activities or perform tasks essential to health and safety, or to the health and safety of their family or household members, such as obtaining medical supplies or medication, visiting a health care professional, or obtaining supplies they need to work from home.
  • Obtaining necessary services or supplies for themselves and their family or household members, or to deliver those services or supplies to others, such as food and other grocery and cleaning products. 
  • Engaging in outdoor activity, provided the individuals comply with Social Distancing Requirements as defined, such as walking, hiking, biking, running or equestrian activities.
  • Performing work to provide essential products and services at essential businesses and government entities as well as other nonprofit organizations.
  • Caring for a family member or pet in another household.
  • ​​Attending private gatherings of not more than six nonrelatives in a home or place of residence. Social distancing should be practiced at all times at such gatherings.
Essential Businesses:
  • Healthcare operations and infrastructure (hospitals, utility PG&E).
  • Grocers, farmers’ markets, farm and produce stands, food banks, convenience stores, and other retailers selling food - including those that also sell products aside from food.
  • Food cultivation businesses (farming, fishing).
  • Businesses or organizations providing social services, food or shelter to the needy.
  • Newspapers, television, radio and other media.
  • Gas stations and auto-related businesses, including repair shops.
  • Banks and financial institutions.
  • Hardware stores
  • Plumbers, electricians, and other service providers that keep businesses running.
  • Shipping and mailing businesses.
  • Educational institutions (schools, community colleges, universities, etc.) to provide distance learning and other essential functions.
  • Laundry services (laundromats, dry-cleaning companies).
  • Restaurants for delivery and take-out only.
  • Businesses that supply people with items required to work from home, or businesses that supply essential businesses with necessary supplies.
  • Businesses that ship groceries and supplies directly to homes.
  • Airlines, taxis, and private transportation services.
  • Home-based and residential care for seniors, adults and kids.
  • Legal and accounting services that keep businesses in compliance.
  • Childcare facilities, with certain stipulations, like only having groups of 12 kids together at a time.