What retailers are considered critical and non-critical?

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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
  • Florists
  • 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.

Additional guidance:

  • 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
    – Marinas
    – 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.
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