COVID-19 Essential Service List

See below for businesses and organizations defined as providing "COVID-19 Essential Services" under Mayor Lee Harris’ Safer-To-Stay-At-Home Executive Order for unincorporated areas.

“Essential services” means services and/or businesses that the interruption of would endanger the life, health, or personal safety of the whole or part of the population and shall include the following: 


  • Agricultural services
  • The caring and feeding of all livestock and farm animals


  • Essential County and municipal government functions including law enforcement, transportation, and businesses that provide government programs and services
  • Legal and judicial services as prescribed by state and federal courts
  • Federal and state offices, which include post offices and airports 


  • Grocery and beverage stores
  • Farmers’ markets
  • Food banks
  • Catering services
  • Convenience stores selling food
  • Food processing
  • Feed mills and other businesses that directly support the food supply
  • Restaurants/bars (only for take-out/delivery) 


  • Hospitals
  • Pharmacies
  • Research and laboratory services
  • Doctors’ offices and walk-in-care health facilities
  • Emergency veterinary and livestock services
  • Dental services
  • Nursing homes or residential health care facilities
  • Blood banks
  • Medical supply businesses
  • Mental and behavioral health facilities
  • Biomedical research and businesses that directly support the healthcare industry including health information technology, staffing, and supplies 


  • Buses
  • Taxis
  • Private transportation providers
  • Product logistics
  • Distribution businesses
  • Parcel/Mailings transportation
  • Delivery businesses
  • Warehousing and storage


  • Print, online and broadcast media
  • Internet and telecommunications systems (including the provision of essential global, national, and local infrastructure for computing services, business infrastructure, communications, and web-based services)


  • Banks
  • Insurance companies
  • Accounting businesses, and other business that directly support the insurance and financial services sector
  • Cleaning serviceswhich includes home and business cleaning and maintenance services, laundromats/laundry
  • Home and business repair
  • Auto repair
  • Energy, water, and sewage businesses and services
  • Funeral and burial services
  • All businesses which rely upon deliveries may continue, including florists 


  • Veterinary clinics and pet stores
  • Hardware supply business
  • Gas stations
  • Auto supply stores
  • Construction
  • Facilities design businesses
  • Churches, synagogues, mosques, and other religious organizations. However, all services and mass gatherings should be cancelled or postponed, unless the religious organization enforces and maintains social distance of at least six feet between persons and the religious organization can demonstrate that there is no other reasonable alternative
  • Businesses that provide goods or services exclusively through curbside pick-up, drive-thru, shipment, or delivery, with the limitation that there are no more than ten (10) patrons within the establishment at any one time and that those patrons are minimally six (6) feet apart.  This shall include any business that did not previously provide goods or services in this manner but develops a procedure to provide its goods and services in this manner.  This directive does not permit on-site dining. 
  • Certain other businesses and services that the Shelby County Health Department, in coordination with the Shelby County Mayor’s Office and Shelby County Attorney’s Office, determines are essential for the continued safety and security of Shelby County. 


  • Businesses that provide social services and other necessities of life for seniors, adults, children, or people with disabilities, substance abuse disorders, or mental illness. This includes residential facilities and shelters.

For up-to-date information about coronavirus, please visit the Shelby County Health Department at