A list of essential and nonessential businesses in Virginia

Retail businesses considered non-essential

The following recreation and entertainment businesses are considered nonessential and must close to the public beginning at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, according to Gov. Ralph Northam:

  • theaters, performing arts centers, concert venues, museums and other indoor entertainment centers;

  • fitness centers, gymnasiums, recreation centers, indoor sports facilities, indoor exercise facilities;

  • beauty salons, barbershops, spas, massage parlors, tanning salons, tattoo shops and any other location where personal care or personal grooming services are performed that would not allow compliance with social distancing guidelines to remain 6 feet apart;

  • racetracks and historical horse-racing facilities;

  • bowling alleys, skating rinks, arcades, amusement parks, trampoline parks, fairs, arts and craft facilities, aquariums, zoos, escape rooms, indoor shooting ranges, public and private social clubs, and all other places of indoor public amusement.

Dining and on-site alcohol establishments

All dining and congregation areas in the following establishments must close to the public beginning at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday. These establishments may continue to offer delivery and/or takeout services. Establishments include:

  • restaurants;

  • dining establishments;

  • food courts;

  • farmers markets;

  • breweries and microbreweries;

  • distilleries;

  • wineries; and

  • tasting rooms.

Retail businesses considered essential

The following retail businesses are considered essential and may remain open during normal business hours:

  • Grocery stores, pharmacies and other retailers that sell food and beverage products or pharmacy products, including dollar stores, as well as department stores with grocery or pharmacy operations;

  • medical, laboratory and vision supply retailers;

  • electronic retailers that sell or service cellphones, computers, tablets and other communications technology;

  • automotive parts, accessories and tire retailers, as well as automotive repair facilities;

  • home improvement, hardware, building material and building supply retailers;

  • lawn and garden equipment retailers;

  • beer, wine and liquor stores;

  • retail functions of gas stations and convenience stores;

  • retail within health care facilities;

  • banks and other financial institutions with retail functions;

  • pet stores and feed stores;

  • printing and office supply stores; and

  • laundromats and dry cleaners.

For more information, go to www.governor.virginia.gov/media/governorvirginiagov/executive-actions.