Per Governor Cuomo's latest directive, 100% of non-essential workers must now work from home. This latest attempt to curb the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus has raised questions about what New York Sate defines as an "essential service".

You can head to WIVB for a more extensive list, but here are some of the most important "essential services":

  • Essential Health Care Operations
    • Hospitals
    • Elder Care
    • Nursing Homes
    • Doctors
    • Dentists
    • Veterinary services
  • Essential Infrastructure
    • Utilities
    • Public water and waste
    • Telecommunications and data centers
    • Airports
    • Transportation (vehicles for hire, garages, bus, rail)
  • Essential Manufacturing
    • Food processing
    • Chemicals
    • Pharmaceuticals
    • Medical equipment
    • Sanitary/safety products
    • Paper products
    • Agriculture/farms
  • Essential Retail
    • Grocery stores
    • Pharmacies
    • Gas stations
    • Convenience stores
    • Hardare stores
  • Essential Services
    • Trash collection
    • Mail and shipping
    • Laundromats/dry cleaning
    • Child care
    • Animal shelters
    • Funeral homes
  • News Media
  • Financial Institutions (Banks, Payroll, Accounting)
  • Basic Necessities to Disadvantaged Populations (Shelters/Pantries)
  • Construction (Skilled laborers)
  • Essential Services to Maintain Safety
    • Law enforcement
    • Fire departments
    • Security
    • General maintenance
    • Emergency response

For a more exhaustive list, visit WIVB.com.

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