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Essential businesses to remain open, Who qualifies?

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POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - UPDATED March 26, 12:10 p.m.: Governor Brad Little ordered Idahoans on Wednesday afternoon to stay at home for 21 days to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

That is effective immediately, and orders non-essential businesses to close.

The state sent a comprehensive list on Thursday of essential and non-essential businesses.

"ALL residents of Idaho must self-isolate and stay and work from home as much as possible, unless you work in healthcare, public safety or an identified "essential business" as defined in order," reads the Southeast Idaho Public Health department's infographic.

Essential businesses include:

1. Essential healthcare operations, including:

  • -  Hospitals
  • -  Clinics
  • -  Dentists
  • -  Healthcare providers
  • -  Pharmacies
  • -  Pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies
  • -  Mental health providers
  • -  Ancillary healthcare services
  • -  Nursing homes, or residential healthcare facilities for seniors, adults and children
  • -  Home-based care for seniors, adults, or children
  • -  Veterinary services

2. Essential infrastructure, including:

  • -  Public works construction
  • -  Commercial construction
  • -  Construction of housing (in particular affordable housing or housing for individuals experiencinghomelessness)
  • -  Airport operations
  • -  Law enforcement
  • -  Fire departments
  • -  Water
  • -  Sewer
  • -  Gas
  • -  Electrical
  • -  Oil refining
  • -  Mining
  • -  Roads and highways
  • -  Public transportation
  • -  Solid waste collection and removal
  • -  Transfer and sale of real estate
  • -  Internet, and telecommunications systems (including the provision of essential global, national,and local infrastructure for computing services, business infrastructure, communications, telecommunications relay service, and web-based services)

3. Essential services and businesses, including:

  • -  Childcare programs and services
  • -  Essential government services including services and programs offered by the Department ofHealth and Welfare
  • -  Businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life foreconomically disadvantaged or other needy individuals
  • -  Plumbers
  • -  Electricians
  • -  Exterminators
  • -  Landscapers
  • -  Grocery stores
  • -  Certified farmers’ markets
  • -  Farm and produce stands
  • -  Supermarkets
  • -  Food banks
  • -  Convenience stores
  • -  Gas stations
  • -  Auto supply stores
  • -  Auto repair and related facilities
  • -  Laundromats
  • -  Dry cleaners
  • -  Laundry service providers
  • -  Hardware stores
  • -  Hotels for purpose of isolation/quarantine or for those providing essential services
  • -  Businesses providing mailing and shipping services, including post office boxes
  • -  Food cultivation including farming, livestock, and fishing
  • -  Firearm businesses
  • -  Other establishments engaged in the retail sale of canned food, dry goods, fresh fruits andvegetables, pet supply, fresh meats, fish, and poultry, liquor, beer, and wine and any other household consumer products (such as cleaning and personal care products). This includes stores that sell groceries and also sell other non-grocery products, and products necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences.

4. News media

5. Education services (Visit the State Department of Education website for more information)

6. Essential financial services, including:

  • -  Banks
  • -  Credit Unions
  • -  Insurance
  • -  Services related to financial markets
  • -  Services related to financial markets

7. Essential transportation services, including:

  • -  Airlines
  • -  Taxis and other private transportation providers
  • -  Transportation providers supporting essential activities
  • -  Public transportation for essential services

8. Essential food services, including:

  • -  Restaurants and other facilities that prepare and serve food, but only for delivery or carry out.
  • -  Schools and other entities that typically provide free food services to students or members ofthe public may continue to do so on the condition that the food is provided to students or members of the public on a pick-up and takeaway basis only. (Schools and other entities that provide food services under this exemption shall not permit the food to be eaten at the site where it is provided, or at any other gathering site.)

9. Other essential services, including:

  • -  Professional services, such as legal or accounting services, when necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities
  • -  Businesses that supply products needed for people to work from home
  • -  Businesses that supply other essential businesses with the support or supplies necessary tooperate
  • -  Businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food, goods or services directly to residences
  • -  Essential tribal operations
  • -  Essential operations at or related to INL or needed to support or provide supplies to INL

Non-essential businesses include:

  • Indoor gyms and recreational facilities.
  • Nightclubs, bars, entertainment venues and convention centers.
  • Hair and nail salons.
  • Public events and gatherings.
  • Other businesses not included in "essential" businesses.

SIPH is encouraging people to work from home if they can.

"For some people, that's not a possibility and so what that may translate into is a potential impact on their income," said Maggie Mann, the district director.

There are resources available for people who's income has been impacted, Mann said. You can visit for more information about those resources.

Learn more about collecting unemployment by clicking here.

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Emma Iannacone

Emma Iannacone

Emma is a reporter for Local News 8 and KIDK Eyewitness News 3.


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