City of Fresno

Corona Virus (COVID-19)

Exempt and Non-Exempt Businesses

***Currently In Effect***

Effective 12:01 A.M on March 19, 2020
Through 11:59 P.M. on March 31, 2020 (unless extended)

Updated Wednesday March 27, 2020 5:00 PM

Exempt and Non-Exempt Businesses (PDF)

This list is compliant with Governor Newsom’s March 19 Order and Federal Regulations.

This list may be updated twice weekly, at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays, as necessary. Please check the City of Fresno COVID-19 web page.

Generally, essential businesses that may remain open are defined as those people rely upon in their day-to-day life.  Even establishments that are allowed to remain open should practice adequate social distancing and sanitizing for both employees and patrons, both inside and outside the facility. Businesses that may remain open must limit the number of employees and customers allowed in the store at any given time to maintain social distancing.  They also must post signs explaining social distancing and put markings such as tape in six foot intervals at cash registers and self-checkout stations as well as outside their establishment where customers line up waiting to enter.

Businesses within shopping malls are treated on an individual basis. A business may not remain open if a permitted activity is merely incidental to the primary business or function.

No one is prohibited from working remotely from their home, but no customers on site.

Compliance is mandatory. Failure to comply may subject businesses to administrative fines and penalties, which may include fines of $1,000 for the first violation, $5,000 for the second, and $10,000 for the third and subsequent; violations of conditions upon remaining open may also result in a business being shut down completely.

Below are non-exhaustive lists of businesses that may remain open and those that shall close.  If you have questions about whether a business may remain open, please contact the Fresno City Attorney’s Office e-mail or call (559) 621-8400, and check this list for updates.

Businesses that may remain open must limit the number of employees and customers allowed in the store at any given time to maintain social distancing.  They also must post signs explaining social distancing and put markings such as tape in six foot intervals at cash registers and self-checkout stations as well as outside their establishment where customers line up waiting to enter.


  • Accounting, bookkeeping, payroll
  • Agriculture
  • Airlines
  • Alarm and security companies
  • Animal boarding
  • Appliance sales, repair, in home only
  • Auto repair, service, supplies, and smog testing
  • Auto sales, provided transactions are handled electronically and delivery of vehicles is to the customers’ home (showrooms and vehicle lots shall not be open to customers)
  • Banks and other financial services
  • Bed and breakfasts
  • Blood donation centers
  • Businesses that supply essential businesses with necessary supplies (e.g., office or restaurant supply stores)
  • Businesses that supply items required to work from home
  • Businesses that provide training and/or certification for employment, or to maintain or renew a government approved license or permit, but solely for those purposes (not for recreation)
  • Busses
  • Car washes–exterior only, customer remains in vehicle
  • Cell Phone Only Stores
  • Cemeteries
  • Childcare and adult care facilities*
  • Community garden
  • Construction – all construction in progress may continue
  • Construction – housing and care facilities
  • Construction supplies
  • Convenience stores
  • Counseling and behavioral health
  • Distribution and delivery of essential consumer or business goods
  • Domestic violence shelter
  • Drug stores
  • Dry cleaners
  • Electricians
  • Essential government services (each public agency to make its own determination – minimize employees and congregations of people)
  • Exterminators
  • Farmer’s markets
  • Farming (all agriculture)
  • Food and goods delivery services
  • Food banks and other organizations that provide assistance to the disadvantaged
  • Food preparation facilities
  • Food trucks (but no tables/chairs for customers)
  • Funeral homes and interment services
  • Gas stations
  • Government agencies and facilities as necessary to maintain critical infrastructure
  • Grocery stores
  • Hardware stores
  • Healthcare providers – doctors, dentists, mental health professionals, nurses, hospice (Non-essential medical care like eye exams, teeth cleaning, and elective procedures must/should be cancelled or rescheduled. If possible, health care visits should be done remotely.)
  • Home-based care for all
  • Home repair and maintenance (landscaping, pool service, repairs)
  • Homeless service providers
  • Hospitals and clinics
  • Hotels and motels
  • HVAC services
  • Laundromats
  • Law firms
  • Mailing and shipping services
  • Malls, if certain businesses within the mall may remain open
  • Manufacturing of essential consumer and business goods
  • Media
  • Pawn shops
  • Pet supply
  • Pharmacies
  • Phone centers
  • Plumbers
  • Produce stands
  • Professional services – legal, accounting, payroll, insurance, etc. (as needed to assist with legally mandated activities)
  • Property management
  • Real estate sales**
  • Railroads
  • Recyclers, including electronics recyclers
  • Re-entry/rehabilitation facilities
  • Rental cars, trucks, trailers
  • Residential facilities for all
  • Restaurants (take-out, delivery, drive thru only)
  • Rideshare
  • Schools – public and private*** (online, admin, and food only)
  • Sporting goods
  • Storage facilities
  • Taxis
  • Towing
  • Trucking and truck stops (but no dining in)
  • Utility companies – water, power, cable, internet, cell service
  • Veterinarians

All businesses not listed as May Remain Open shall close, with these additional clarifications:

  • Amphitheaters
  • Amusement and theme parks
  • Amusement arcades
  • Archery ranges
  • Arenas
  • Art galleries
  • Arts
  • Auto sales showrooms and lots
  • Banquet halls
  • Barbers and hair salons
  • Bars
  • Bookstores
  • Botanical gardens
  • Bowling alleys
  • Car washes (exterior only, customer remains in vehicle allowed)
  • Casinos and cardrooms
  • Churches (counseling, providing relief, and broadcasting religious services permitted – but no congregations of people)
  • Clothing stores
  • Craft and fabric stores (may fulfill orders curbside for fabric to be used for COVID-19 relief)
  • Dance halls
  • Dances
  • Day spas
  • Drive-in theaters
  • Fitness Centers
  • Florists
  • Furniture stores
  • Golf courses and driving ranges
  • Gymnasiums
  • Health clubs
  • Historical sites
  • Ice rinks
  • Industrial and manufacturing not expressly permitted
  • Libraries
  • Liquor stores (grocery and convenience stores permitted)
  • Massage parlors
  • Miniature golf courses
  • Motorcycle clubs
  • Movie theaters
  • Museums
  • Music events
  • Nightclubs
  • Performing arts centers
  • Pet grooming
  • Pool and billiards lounges
  • Private social clubs
  • Public swimming pools
  • Riding stables
  • Roller skating rinks
  • Second hand/thrift stores
  • Shooting ranges
  • Sports stadiums and facilities – all
  • Swap meet/flea market
  • Tasting rooms
  • Tattoo and body piercing
  • Tennis clubs
  • Trampoline and bounce houses
  • Water parks
  • Zoos
  • All other retail or recreational facilities not listed under “May Remain Open”

*Childcare facilities providing services that enable employees exempted in this Order to work as permitted. To the extent possible, childcare facilities must operate under the following mandatory conditions: (1) Childcare must be carried out in stable groups of 10 or fewer (“stable” means that the same 10 or fewer children are in the same group each day); (2) Children shall not change from one group to another; (3) If more than one group of children is cared for at one facility, each group shall be in a separate room. Groups shall not mix with each other; (4) Childcare providers shall remain solely with one group of children.

**Sales Offices and Model Homes can be open by appointment only. An appointment consists of one sales associate and one family (defined as immediate family who currently lives in the same residence and less than 9 individuals) at a time in the sales office or any model home. Have enough hand sanitizers for the employees and the customers. Disinfect the sales offices and model homes prior to opening each day.

***Schools for purposes of facilitating distance learning or performing essential functions (including but not limited to administration and provision of community meal programs), observing social distancing and hand cleaning.

This is not an exhaustive list of businesses that may remain open or must close.  For more information, see Emergency Order No. 2020-02, email, or call (559) 621-8400.