Here are businesses allowed to operate under the ‘Safer at Home’ order:
  • Health care operations, including home health workers;
  • Critical infrastructure;
  • Businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise vulnerable individuals;
  • Fresh and non-perishable food retailers, including convenience stores, grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and food banks;
  • Businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food and goods directly to residences;
  • Pharmacies, health care supply stores and health care facilities;
  • Child care facilities, with some limitations;
  • Gas stations and auto repair facilities;
  • Banks;
  • Laundry businesses, dry cleaners and services necessary for maintaining the safety, sanitation and essential operation of a residence, including garbage collection;
  • Hardware stores, plumbers, and electricians;
  • Educational institutions, for the purposes of facilitating distance learning;
  • Roles required for any business to maintain minimum basic operations, which includes security, and payroll; and
  • Law and safety, and essential government functions will continue under the recommended action.

Evers’ office noted that the list does not include all essential businesses.

Click here to read the full Health Order #12 Safer At Home first BEFORE you try to contact WEDC, due to website difficulties.

Definitions of Essential Businesses and how to comply can be found at
Please take a few minutes to read and understand the information at regarding business types that are considered “Essential” and “Nonessential.” This page also includes a form to contact WEDC with questions.