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CA Businesses, What is Considered "Essential"?

What jobs are considered “essential” by the order of Governor Newsome?

Besides the staffing of the businesses allowed to remain open, the order specifies activities needed “to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors, critical government services, schools, childcare, and construction, including housing construction.”


What are the 16 “critical infrastructure sectors”?

According to the Department of Homeland Security, they are:

  • Chemical

  • Commercial facilities

  • Communications

  • Critical manufacturing

  • Dams

  • Defense industrial base

  • Emergency services

  • Energy

  • Financial service

  • Food and agriculture

  • Government facilities

  • Health care and public health

  • Information technology

  • Nuclear reactors, materials and waste

  • Transportation systems

  • Water and wastewater systems


For what other reasons can residents leave their homes?

Other than essential work, the written order does not specify allowable activities outside the home. But the state’s COVID-19 website says Californians also may leave home to:

  • Get food

  • Care for a relative or friend

  • Get necessary health care or critical medical supplies

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