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What services qualify as “essential” in Maryland during the coronavirus pandemic?

Essential and Non-Essential Services in Salisbury, MD

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to escalate, countries, states and cities across the planet have been implementing bans on all non-essential businesses and services, and only allowing those classified as “essential” to remain open. This is a continuation of efforts to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus through minimizing public mingling. Though it’s certainly a sacrifice, such measures have been deemed necessary if humanity is to get through this ordeal intact.

However, many folks find themselves unclear as to which services are actually essential, and which not. This is exacerbated by the fact that, in the US, it’s been left up to states to determine which services fall into which category. Which services qualify as essential, and which unessential, during the lockdown period in Maryland?


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In all states, essential services include grocery stores and food production. In Maryland, this includes restaurants, which are currently doing take-out and delivery only. Other services Maryland classifies as essential include:

  • Pharmacies
  • Health care
  • Utilities
  • Shipping
  • Banking
  • Other Government Services
  • Law enforcement
  • Emergency personnel
  • Journalists

Due to the above, services such as garbage collection, package delivery, household and business utilities will all continue as normal (as of this writing).

For the sake of our mental health, parks and other outdoor spaces remain open as well!

In Maryland, essential services also currently include:

  • Janitorial companies
  • Hotels
  • Plumbers and electricians
  • Laundromats
  • Self-storage facilities
  • Insurance companies
  • Convenience stores
  • Pet supply stores
  • Physical therapists
  • Funeral homes
  • And us!

Critical manufacturers are currently remaining open in Maryland as well. This includes the makers of:

  • Personal protective equipment
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Medical equipment
  • Utility infrastructure parts
  • Agricultural equipment
  • Steel
  • Iron
  • Aluminum

What businesses have been deemed unessential in Maryland?

Maryland has decided that unessential services include clothing stores and other retailers, performing arts companies, salons, schools, and most recreation facilities (such as bowling alleys and gyms).

Are unessential services completely closed in Maryland?

On Monday, March 23rd, Governor Larry Hogan announced that all non-essential businesses must close by 5 p.m. So at the time of this writing, they are not completely closed. This is more lax than regulations elsewhere that are forcing non-essential businesses to close indefinitely.

Governor Hogan did state that unless Marylanders have an essential reason to leave their house, they should stay home. Crowds of more than ten people are banned.

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