CDC: Only impertive businesses should remain open


The Department of Homeland Security has released a list of workforce personnel deemed essential to maintaining the integrity of the nation's infrasturcture. All others should close, according to multiple government agencies. 

  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security logo
    U.S. Department of Homeland Security logo

The CDC has determined that only businesses imperative for the functioning of critical infrastructure during the response to the COVID-19 emergency should remain open.

Note: This list is advisory in nature. It is not, nor should it be considered to be, a federal directive or standard in and of itself. 

Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick advised all nail and hair salons to close immediately, according to a March 20 news release in conjunction with the CDC recommendation.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has released a list of workers they deem essential to maintain the nation's infrastructure. The attached list identifies workers who conduct a range of operations and services that are essential to continued critical infrastructure viability, including staffing operations centers, maintaining and repairing critical infrastructure, operating call centers, working construction, and performing management functions, among others.

That includes workers in fields of healthcare and public health; law enforcement, public safety, first responders; food and agriculture, including pharmacies; energy; water and wastewater; transportation and logistics; public workers; communications and information technology; community-based operations and essential functions; critical manufacturing; hazardous materials; financial services; chemical; and defense industrial base.

An exhaustive list can be found at