What retailers are considered critical and non-critical?
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Over the last several weeks, more and more restrictions have been implemented among businesses per orders signed by Governor Raimondo.
Below is a list provided by the Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation as to what is considered a critical and non-critical retailer.
Critical retail businesses include:
- Food and beverage stores (e.g. supermarkets; liquor, specialty food, bodega and
convenience stores; farmers’ markets; food banks and pantries)
- Pharmacies and medical supply stores, compassion centers
- Pet supply stores
- Printing shops, mail and delivery stores and operations, office supply
- Gas stations
- Laundromats and drycleaners
- Electronics and telecommunications stores
- Industrial, construction, agricultural/seafood equipment and supply stores, hardware
stores, general power equipment
- Funeral homes
- Auto repair and supply
- Banks and credit unions
- Firearms stores
- Healthcare and public safety professional uniform stores
- And other stores and businesses identified as critical by the Department of Business Regulation
Non-critical retail businesses include:
- Arts & crafts stores
- Furniture stores (by appointment only)
- Car and other motor vehicle dealerships (except for auto repair and by appointment only)
- Music stores
- Billiard stores
- Sporting goods stores
- Home furnishings stores
- Book stores
- Departments stores
- Gift stores
- Beauty supply stores
- Second-hand/consignment stores
- Shoe stores
- Clothing stores
- Jewelry stores
- Bike shops (service and repair permitted)
- Pool Stores (service and repair permitted)
- Landscape & Garden centers (Commercial clients: By appointment only, pick up and delivery permitted. Regular customers: pick up and delivery only)
In addition grocery stores and box stores are required to limit their capacity to no more than 20% of stated fire capacity in the store at one time.
- Restaurants and bars may continue to operate only for pickup, drive-through, and
delivery as per the Governor’s Executive Order 20-04.
- All critical retail employers are required to implement social distancing guidelines
(available at https://dbr.ri.gov/documents/Grocer_Guidelines_eng.pdf) and to work from
home to the extent possible, as discussed in executive order 20-09.
- Executive order 20-14 required non-critical retail businesses to close at this time.
Service-based businesses were not the subject of this executive order. Please note that a
retail business usually sells things, whereas a service-based business usually does things.
However, we do advise you to consult the other executive orders, including 20-15, as
recreation, entertainment, and other close-contact service businesses are subject to
restrictions and closures.
- We have received many inquiries for these service-based businesses. At this time, the
following businesses are not considered to be retail operations, and are therefore,
permitted to be open:
– Dog Groomers, dog day care, dog walkers
– All construction related activities
– Self storage
– Car washes
- Financial services offered by pawn shops and payday lenders are allowed to continue. In-person retail at pawn shops would be considered non-critical and closed.
- For stores that are mixed retail and service, general retail with customers coming in and
out of your store is not permitted.
- For non-critical retail stores, although in-person retail sales are not allowed, retailers may
continue to receive and ship orders made by phone or online. Additionally, you may offer curbside pick-up or delivery that follows all social distancing and sanitation
- The State of RI has not deemed ANY business essential or non-essential at this time. There are no documents or certifications to travel for businesses across state lines.