Desert Hot Springs News

What is an Essential Business?

Posted by City of Desert Hot Springs on Mar 20, 2020 11:14:12 AM

Under the current stay at home order issued by Governor Gavin Newsom, community members are prohibited from leaving their homes or places of residence to work, unless they are employed by an essential business. 


But what is an essential business? They are:

  • Critical City, County and Special District Operations
  • Law Enforcement, Fire, EMT, Public Works, hazardous material responders;
  • Healthcare operations, including home health workers;
  • Essential Infrastructure, including construction of housing and operation of public transportation and utilities;
  • Newspapers, television, radio and other media services;
  • Grocery stores, farmers’ markets, food banks, convenience stores;
  • Pharmacies, health care supply stores, and health care facilities;
  • Food cultivation, including farming, livestock and fishing;
  • Businesses that provide necessities of life for economically disadvantaged individuals and shelter facilities;
  • Cargo air transport, taxis and other private transportation providers providing transportation services necessary for essential activities;
  • Funeral Homes;
  • Home-based care for seniors, adults and children;
  • Businesses that supply products needed for people to work at home and 
    that supply other essential businesses with the support or supplies necessary to operate;
  • Pharmacies, health care supply stores, and health care facilities;
  • Interpretation services;
  • Hotel operations;
  • Restaurants and other facilities that prepare and serve food, but only for pick up, delivery and drive-thru;
  • Gas stations and auto repair facilities;
  • Banks and related financial institutions;
  • Businesses providing mailing and shipping services, including post office boxes;
  • Garbage collection;
  • Hardware stores, plumbers, electricians, exterminators and other service providers necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences and other essential businesses;
  • Educational institutions, for the purposes of facilitating distance learning;
  • Laundromats, dry cleaners, and laundry service providers;
  • Businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food, and goods directly to residences;
  • Childcare facilities providing services that enable essential employees to go to work;
  • Roles required for any essential business to “maintain basic operations,” which includes security, payroll and similar activities.

Employees at businesses not listed as an essential business sho above should immediately adhere to the
order to stay home or at their place of residence.


To ensure the public health and safety of you, your employees and the community, the City is respectfully asking that all businesses in Desert Hot Springs take this order seriously. Businesses that chose to ignore this order will leave the City with no choice but to move forward with enforcement measures.


The near future will certainly be challenging for all of us. We are confident the Desert Hot Springs community and staff will rise to the occasion and act responsibly to keep City businesses operational while also taking reasonable steps to keep themselves and their community as healthy as possible.


To read Governor Newsom's Executive Order, click HERE


To read the City notice to local businesses, click HERE.

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