There’s a growing number of states issuing stay-at-home orders during the COVID-19 pandemic. In some states, businesses that don’t fall within the “essential business” category can apply for the designation. Here’s a list of those states and links to their specific application procedures. We will continue to update the list as more states issue new procedures.

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Denton County, Texas

For Essential vs. Non-Essential business questions please email businesscovid19@dentoncounty.gov

 

Colorado

Link to critical business self-certification.
https://covid19.colorado.gov

Connecticut

https://portal.ct.gov/DECD/Content/Coronavirus-for-Businesses/Essential-Business-Designation-Form

Delaware

Please submit a request in writing via electronic mail to covid19faq@delaware.gov for consideration. You will receive a decision within one week of your submission.

Florida

https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/c3348d7bc8d041fdb6a19b68ee7960fa

Idaho

https://publicforms.dhw.idaho.gov/Forms/request-designation-as-essential-business

Illinois

Businesses and employees with questions can call the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-252-2923 or email CEO.support@illinois.gov.

Kansas

https://governor.kansas.gov/keff/

Maine

Essential Business designation request:
https://www.maine.gov/essentialservice
Questions may also be directed to business.answers@maine.gov.

Massachusetts

https://www.mass.gov/forms/essential-service-designation-request

Minnesota

Survey opened for companies to compile essential business information to be reviewed by the Governor.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6MR3QH9

Missouri

Essential Business Waiver Request:
https://ded.mo.gov/essential-business-waiver-requests

Montana

Businesses should read the directive that covers essential businesses first at:
https://covid19.mt.gov/Portals/223/Documents/Stay%20at%20Home%20Directive.pdf?ver=2020-03-26-173332-177
If businesses do not fall into any of the categories listed and believe they are essential, or are unsure if they fall into the categories listed, they can contact: 1-800-755-6672 or COVID19INFO@MT.GOV.

New Hampshire

Businesses that believe they are providing essential services not on the list can request designation as an essential business via email to essential@nheconomy.com, including a brief justification and contact information.

New Jersey

Businesses can submit a request to be deemed an “essential business” to the State Director of Emergency Management (i.e. the Superintendent of State Police). Currently, there is no form or link available.

New York

https://esd.ny.gov/content/request-designation-essential-business-purposes-executive-order-2026

North Carolina

https://www.ncdor.gov/request-be-considered-essential-business

North Dakota

If you have questions or need additional assistance, please contact North Dakota Department of Commerce at commerce@nd.gov or 701-328-5300.

Ohio

To submit a dispute, fill out the Dispute Resolution Form:
https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/static/stayathome/Dispute-Resolution-Request-Form.pdf
Submit the Dispute Resolution Form to: Dispute.Resolution@odh.ohio.gov.

Oregon

https://govstatus.egov.com/or-covid-19

Pennsylvania

https://expressforms.pa.gov/apps/pa/DCED/Waiver-process-keeping-physical-locations-open

South Carolina

https://www.sccommerce.com/clarification-business-designation-form

Texas

https://tdem.texas.gov/essentialservices/

Vermont

Request for Continuation of Business Operations Form:
https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=O5O0IK26PEOcAnDtzHVZxpZpCEHOHkZNmCwXH5xH5clURUZRTFRVQ0NMVDZWRlNDVEc0RjdNSzNJVS4u

Washington

https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/d4c155fa930f4b848f95774d610c9708

Wisconsin

https://wedc.org/essentialbusiness/

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Before joining FBFK, Tricia spent fifteen years as a business owner. Combining her experience of entrepreneurship and small business management with her passion of advocating and negotiating for the client, Tricia has a unique appreciation and insight into the challenges many business owners face.
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