LIST: Essential Services in Arizona

Arizona’s Doug Ducey has imposed a stay-at-home order to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. But he said grocery stores, pharmacies and other essential services will remain open.

The governor said he took action Monday after the state’s top health director said it was necessary to slow the spread of the COVID-19 disease caused by the virus.

The governor said the order takes effect at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31 for all non-essential activity.

Under the executive order, Arizonans must limit the time they spend away from their place of residence or property, except:

  • To conduct or participate in essential activities, and/or;
  • For employment, to volunteer, or to participate in essential functions; or
  • To use services or products provided by Essential Business Services;
  • And for employment, if as a sole proprietor or family business, the work is done in an office space separate from your home and the business is not open to serve the public.

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“Keeping Arizonans safe and healthy as we slow the spread of COVID-19 remains our top priority,” Governor Ducey said. “Arizona citizens and businesses are already responding responsibly to this crisis. This order builds on the state’s efforts to protect public health by reminding Arizonans to maintain healthy habits and find other ways to stay in touch with friends and loved ones while spending time at home. Slowing the spread of COVID-19 will ensure that we build capacity in our healthcare system and help protect the lives of those we love It’s important to note that there are no plans to close any grocery stores People should continue to buy what you need for a week’s worth of groceries I’m grateful to everyone who makes adjustments to fight this virus and protect others. Arizona will overcome this, and we will do it together.

Essential services:

Health and public health operations

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Dental practices
  • Pharmacies
  • Public health entities
  • blood donation organizations
  • Eye care centers
  • Home care providers
  • Mental health and addiction service providers
  • Veterinary care

Human Services Operations

  • Long-term care facilities
  • Shelters for adults, the elderly, children

Infrastructure operation

  • Food production, distribution, sale
  • Construction
  • Airport operations
  • Utilities (water, electricity, gas, electricity)
  • Railways and public transport
  • Cybersecurity operations
  • Flow control
  • Solid waste and recycling
  • Internet, video and telecommunications


  • Parks
  • First responders, emergency management, 911 services

Business and operations

  • Grocery stores, farmers markets, farm produce stands
  • Pet supplies
  • Food, beverages and agriculture
  • Outdoor Recreation – parks, trails that provide social distancing for activities such as biking, walking, and hiking
  • Charitable and social services
  • Media – newspapers, television, radio
  • Service stations and businesses necessary for transportation, including auto supply, repair, vehicle sales, bike shops, truck stops
  • Banks, exchange offices, consumer lenders
  • Hardware stores
  • Building and construction trades; plumbers, electricians, exterminators, cleaning and janitorial personnel, security personnel, HVAC, painting, moving and relocation services, operations engineers
  • Courier, shipping, delivery, pick-up services
  • Laundromats, dry cleaners
  • Restaurants for off-premises consumption
  • supplies for working from home; companies that sell, manufacture or supply products necessary for remote training or remote work
  • Manufacturing companies, distributors, supply chain companies producing and supplying products and services in the pharmaceutical, technology, biotechnology, healthcare, chemical/sanitation, waste collection and disposal, agriculture, food and beverage, mining sectors , construction, national defense, communications
  • Professional services: legal, accounting, insurance and real estate (including appraisal and title).
  • Day care centers for persons serving in an essential service class
  • Hotels and motels, insofar as they are used for lodging and take-out/delivery services
  • Funeral services, morgue, cremation, burial, cemetery

Core activities:

  • Obtain necessary supplies and services for your family, home and pets, such as groceries, food and supplies, equipment for working from home, completing homework for remote learning, products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and maintenance of your residence
  • Seeking medical, behavioral health or emergency services; obtain medical supplies or medication
  • Caring for a family member, friend or pet in another residence
  • Engage in outdoor exercise activities, but only if appropriate physical distancing practices are used
  • Transportation of children to daycare services
  • Engage in constitutionally protected activities, such as speech and religion, voting, legal or court proceedings

On April 3, Governor Ducey’s personal services will close at 5 p.m. on April 4 per newly released essential services guidelines. This includes barbers, cosmetology including hairdressing, nail salons and beauty salons; tanning salons, tattoo parlours, spas and massage parlours.

In addition, the governor’s office said the following services will also cease operations at 5 p.m. on April 4:

  • Public park amenities that do not allow for recommended distancing or good hygiene, such as basketball courts, wading pools, playgrounds, public restrooms, “…but public parks should remain open to the extent possible.”
  • Common swimming pools in hotels, condominiums, apartment complexes, parks
  • Exchange meetings

On March 30, Ducey and Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman extended a statewide school closure through the end of the school year.

On March 19, Ducey halted all elective surgeries to free up medical resources and maintain the ability of the hospital and providers to continue providing lifesaving services.

On March 17, the Arizona Department of Health Services restricted access to nursing homes, retirement homes and long-term care facilities to mitigate the risk of coronavirus transmission.

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To protect yourself from possible infection, the CDC recommends:

  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces with a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the toilet; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Michelle J. Kelley