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Which businesses are closed?

Delaware News Desk
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See the governor's FAQs below the chart.

These are the businesses that have been closed by the governor's emergency order. Call an individual business if you are wondering if they are open:

 

Remain Open?

Industry Group

 

 

Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers

No

Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers

No

Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers

No

Automobile Dealers

No

Other Motor Vehicle Dealers

No

Furniture Stores

No

Home Furnishings Stores

No

Clothing Stores

No

Shoe Stores

No

Jewelry, Luggage, and Leather Goods Stores

No

Sporting Goods, Hobby, and Musical Instrument Stores

No

Book, Periodical, and Music Stores

No

Department Stores

No

Other General Merchandise Stores

No

Office Supplies, Stationery, and Gift Stores

No

Used Merchandise Stores

No

Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers

No

Vending Machine Operators

No

School and Employee Bus Transportation

No

Charter Bus Industry

No

Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land

No

Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water

No

Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Other

No

Software Publishers Permitted to work from home only

No

Motion Picture and Video Industries

No

Sound Recording Industries

No

Cable and Other Subscription Programming

No

Other Information Services Permitted to work from home only

 

Lessors of Real Estate

Permitted to work from home and can do showings but no open houses, can do what is necessary to complete sales in final stages prior to state of emergency.

No

Offices of Real Estate Agents and Brokers

Permitted to work from home and can do showings but no open houses, can do what is necessary to complete sales in final stages prior to state of emergency. 

Consumer Goods Rental

No

Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works)

Permitted to work from home only

No

Specialized Design Services

No

Permitted to work from home only

Advertising and Related Services

No

Permitted to work from home only

Office Administrative Services

No

Permitted to work from home only

Business Support Services

No

Permitted to work from home only

Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services

No

Permitted to work from home only

Other Support Services

No

Permitted to work from home only

Elementary and Secondary Schools

No

Only personnel necessary to support distance learning

Junior Colleges

No

Only personnel necessary to support distance learning

 

Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools

No

Only personnel necessary to support distance learning

Business Schools and Computer and Management Training

No

Only personnel necessary to support distance learning

Technical and Trade Schools

No

Only personnel necessary to support distance learning

Other Schools and Instruction 

No

Education Support Services

No

Performing Arts Companies

No

Spectator Sports

No

Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events

No

Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures

No

Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers

No

Amusement Parks and Arcades

No

Gambling Industries

No

Other Amusement and Recreation Industries

 

Closed, except outdoor activities 71391, 71392, 71393

No

Special Food Services

No

Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages)

No

Personal Care Services

No

Other Personal Services

No

Grantmaking and Giving Services

No

Social Advocacy Organizations

No

Civic and Social Organizations

No

Gov. John Carney has provided guidance to help employers better understand modifications to his State of Emergency, which ordered Delawareans to stay at home whenever possible. It closed all non-essential businesses in Delaware to help fight the spread of COVID-19.

The most frequently asked questions and answers are provided below.

  • Does the order require that I obtain any paperwork, either as an employer or an employee of an essential business, to clarify that status?
    No, it does not, and no such paperwork is needed. A full list of essential industries can be found here. If your business activity is on that list, your business is permitted to remain open as long as it follows all necessary CDC guidelines for safety at this time.

  • My employer says our business is essential, do I still need to report to work?
    Staffing questions should be addressed between employers and employees. As long as employers are following applicable guidelines on both leave and on the recent essential designation, then employees should handle any requests directly with employers.

  • How do I determine if my business is designated as essential?
    The easiest way is to use the four-digit NAICS code associated with the business. If you are the owner of the business, you can locate your NAICS code by a) looking at your unemployment insurance forms, b) looking at your most recent tax returns, or c) searching Google for your industry followed by the term “NAICS code.”
    If you are not the owner of your business, please contact your manager or other appropriate employment supervisor and ask them for clarification on the business status.

  • What happens if my business fails to comply with the order, either regarding our status as essential or non-essential, or with following CDC guidelines?
    Failure to follow CDC guidelines will result in closure on an individual firm basis until the State of Emergency is lifted. Businesses who continue to operate even if they have been deemed non-essential will be given an initial grace if their failure to comply was done after a good faith effort to clarify their status, but those who do not comply and knowingly do so will be subject to civil and in some cases criminal penalties.

  • What if my business has multiple NAICS codes?
    Follow the least restrictive code. If one code is deemed essential while others are not, the business should be considered essential unless further clarification has been given by the state to you directly or through an industry trade group.

  • Can I change my NAICS code to a code that is essential?
    The NAICS code that should be used is the NAICS code that the business had for their most recent unemployment and/or tax filings prior to the issuance of the State of Emergency. A business classified as non-essential who changes or adds a NAICS code in order to fall under the essential category will be subject to the same civil and criminal penalties as a company that knowingly fails to comply with the order.