What is considered an essential business?

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — On Tuesday, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt ordered the closure of non-essential businesses in the 19 counties currently with positive cases of COVID-19.

The number of counties is sure to rise in the days ahead.

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Stitt provided information from the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security outlining what industries are considered essential.


  • Communications
  • Chemical
  • Commercial Facilities
  • Critical Manufacturing
  • Dams
  • Defense Industrial Base
  • Emergency Services
  • Energy
  • Finanical
  • Food and Agriculture
  • Government Facilities
  • Healthcare and Public Health
  • Information Technology
  • Nuclear Reactors, Materials and Waste
  • Transportation Systems
  • Water

Stitt amended the list to also include medical marijuana dispensaries, faith-based services utilizing streaming technology and more. Read his updated list here.

He also tweeted a link for Oklahoma businesses to apply to be considered an essential business if they aren’t already.