Essential Businesses & Operations


Essential Businesses & Operations During Illinois Shutdown

Executive Order 20-10 requires all non-essential businesses and operations to cease all activities except for minimum basic operations. Non-essential businesses may also continue operations consisting exclusively of employees or contractors working from home.

What businesses and operations are considered essential?


EO 20-10 identifies the following as essential businesses and operations:


  • Healthcare and Public Health Operations (includes businesses in the supply chain)
  • Human Services Operations
  • Essential Infrastructure
    • Food production, distribution and sale; construction, building management and maintenance, airports, utilities, distribution centers, transportation.
  • Essential Government Functions
  • First responders, emergency personnel, law enforcement, safety and welfare.
  • Stores that sell groceries and medicine
  • Food, beverage and  cannabis production and  agriculture
  • Charitable and social services
  • Media
  • Gas  stations  and  businesses needed for transportation
  • Financial institutions
  • Hardware and supply stores
  • Critical trades
    • Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, cleaning and janitorial staff, security, etc.
  • Mail,  post,  shipping, logistics, delivery and pick-up services
  • Educational institutions
  • Laundry services
  • Restaurants for consumption off-premises
  • Supplies to work from home
  • Supplies for essential businesses and operations
  • Transportation (airlines, taxis, ride-sharing)
  • Home-based care and services
  • Residential facilities and shelters
  • Professional services (legal, accounting, insurance, real estate)
  • Day care centers for employees exempted by the Executive Order
  • Manufacture, distribution, and supply chain for critical products and industries
  • Critical labor union functions
  • Hotels and motels
  • Funeral services


If you still aren't sure about your business, please see this FLOW CHART for more information.