(WWLP) – Governor Charlie Baker ordered all non-essential businesses to close in Massachusetts March 24 until April 7.

22News is Working For You with a list of what’s considered essential and will remain open:

  • Hospitals and healthcare facilities
  • Law enforcement, public safety agencies
  • Grocery stores
  • Pharmacies
  • Banks
  • Package stores
  • Restaurants (takeout and delivery only)
  • Farmers markets
  • Farm stands
  • Pet stores
  • Animal vets
  • Convenience stores
  • Auto supplies stores
  • Auto repair shops
  • Airports
  • Hardware and home improvement stores
  • Home appliance stores
  • Medical marijuana facilities (recreational dispensaries must close)
  • Hotels
  • Shelters
  • Blood banks, methadone clinics
  • Laundromats and laundry services
  • News media
  • Places of worship

Businesses and entities with the following functions are also considered essential and may continue operating:

  • Critical manufacturing
  • Transportation 
  • Energy
  • Water & Wastewater
  • Public Works
  • Communications and Information Technology
  • Financial Services
  • Defense Industry Base
  • Chemical Manufacturing & Hazardous Materials
  • Other Designated Community Based Essential Function & Government Operations

For more information on the categories above, click here.

If the function of your business is not listed above, but you believe that it is essential or it is an entity providing essential services or functions, you may request designation as an essential business. Requests by businesses to be designated an essential function should only be made if they are NOT covered by the guidance.To request designation as an essential business, please click here: https://www.mass.gov/forms/essential-service-designation-request