City of Fresno

Corona Virus (COVID-19)

Essential and Non-Essential Businesses

***Currently In Effect***

Effective 12:01 A.M on March 19, 2020
Through 11:59 P.M. on May 6, 2020 (unless extended)

Updated Tuesday, May 21, 2020, 5:30 PM

Essential and Non-Essential Businesses (PDF)

This list prevails over all other orders or lists for individuals and business or facility locations in the City of Fresno.

All establishments that are allowed to remain open to any extent shall practice adequate social distancing, sanitizing for both employees and patrons, both inside and outside the facility, and employees wearing facial coverings as required.  Businesses that may remain open must limit the number of employees and customers allowed in the facility at any given time to maintain social distancing.  They also must post signs detailing their Social Distancing Protocol (Emergency Order 2020-13 Shelter in Place- Extended and Expanded with Appendix A), 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. If a business is required to close, proprietors or employees may not conduct that business elsewhere in the City, including customers’ or their homes.

For all businesses, the standards applied shall be the nature of the business as of March 3, 2020, prior to the State Declaration of Emergency.

Anyone providing direct relief efforts is permitted to do so, with all required safety precautions observed, but that does not then allow a business to be open for other purposes.  Such efforts should be confirmed in advance with the City by emailing

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.


  • 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; no test drives)
  • Banks and other financial services
  • Beauty and health supply stores
  • 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 (no more than 10 people total, counting family members, funeral home employees, etc. and all participants must wear masks, per Fresno County Health Dept. 4/15/2020 guidance)
  • Childcare and adult care facilities*
  • Churches (only for counseling, providing relief, and broadcasting religious services permitted – but no congregations of more than 10 people)
  • Community garden
  • Construction – all construction in progress may continue
  • Construction – housing and care facilities
  • Construction supplies
  • Convenience stores
  • Counseling and behavioral health
  • Craft and fabric stores (only to fulfill orders curbside, or providing limited selection in the front 20% of floor space for fabric and supplies to be used for COVID-19 relief)
  • Distribution and delivery of essential consumer or business goods
  • Distribution centers (no customers are allowed at the center)
  • Domestic violence shelters
  • Drug stores
  • Dry cleaners
  • Electricians
  • Exterminators
  • Farmer’s markets
  • Farming (all agriculture)
  • Florists (only to supply funerals)
  • 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 parlor and interment services (no more than 10 people total at any funeral, memorial, or graveside service, counting family members, funeral home employees, etc. and all participants must wear masks, per Fresno County Health Dept. 4/15/2020 guidance)
  • Gas stations
  • Golf courses and driving ranges (subject to the City’s Golf Social Distancing and Safety Plan available online)
  • Government services and facilities essential to maintain critical infrastructure (each public agency to make its own determination – minimize employees and congregations of people)
  • Grocery stores
  • Hardware stores
  • Healthcare providers — doctors, dentists, mental health professionals, nurses, optometrists, hospice, etc. should follow the guidance of the California Department of Public Health, the Fresno County Department of Public Health and their respective licensing authorities
  • Home-based care for all
  • Home repair and maintenance (landscaping, pool service, repairs; stores that primarily sell supplies for pool or spa maintenance, but only for those purposes)
  • 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 grooming
  • 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 and effective on May 21, 2020, dining rooms can open as long as notify the Fresno County Department of Public Health via a form on their website and follow State guidelines
  • Rideshare
  • Schools – public and private*** (online, admin, and food only)
  • Shooting ranges (only for CCW or other license renewals; recreational shooting is not permitted)
  • Sporting goods
  • Storage facilities
  • Taxis
  • Towing
  • Trucking and truck stops (but no dining in)
  • Tutoring (one-on-one school curriculum and students with Individualized Education Programs only)
  • 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
  • Banquet halls
  • Barbers and hair salons
  • Bars
  • Bookstores
  • Botanical gardens
  • Bowling alleys
  • Casinos and cardrooms
  • 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
  • Furniture stores
  • 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
  • Pool and billiards lounges
  • Private social clubs
  • Public swimming pools
  • Riding stables
  • Roller skating rinks
  • Second hand/thrift stores
  • Sports stadiums and facilities – all
  • Swap meets/flea markets
  • 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”

For all of the following, all persons in the facilities shall fully comply with the health and safety requirements in Emergency Order 2020-13 and Appendix A: Social Distancing Protocol, referenced above:

*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 the 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).

This is not an exhaustive list of businesses that may remain open or must close.  For more information, see Emergency Order 2020-13 Shelter in Place- Extended and Expanded with Appendix A, email, or call (559) 621-8400.