LIST: Essential Services in Arizona

Arizona Doug Ducey has imposed a stay-at-home order to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. But he said grocery stores, pharmacies and other essential services will remain open.

The governor said he took the action Monday after the state’s top health director said it was necessary to slow the spread of the COVID-19 disease caused by the virus.

The governor said the order takes effect at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 31 for all activity that is not essential.

Under the Executive Order, Arizonans shall limit their time away from their place of residence or property, except:

  • To conduct or participate in essential activities, and/or;
  • For employment, to volunteer or participate in essential functions; or
  • To utilize any services or products provided by essential business services;
  • And for employment, if as a sole proprietor or family-owned business, work is conducted in a separate office space from your home and the business is not open to serve the public.

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"Keeping Arizonans safe and healthy as we slow the spread of COVID-19 remains our top priority,” said Governor Ducey. “Arizona citizens and businesses are already responsibly responding to this crisis. This order builds on the state’s efforts to protect public health by reminding Arizonans to maintain healthy habits and find alternative ways to stay connected with friends and loved ones while spending time at home. Slowing the spread of COVID-19 will ensure we build capacity in our healthcare system, and help protect the lives of those we love most. It’s important to emphasize that there are no plans to shut down grocery stores. People should continue to buy what you need for a week’s worth of groceries. I’m grateful to everyone making adjustments to fight this virus and protect others. Arizona will get through this, and we’ll do it together.”

Essential services:

Healthcare and public health operations

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Dental offices
  • Pharmacies
  • Public health entities
  • Blood donation organizations
  • Eye care centers
  • Home healthcare providers
  • Mental health and substance abuse providers
  • Veterinary care

Human services operations

  • Long-term care facilities
  • Shelters for adults, seniors, children

Infrastructure Operations

  • Food production, distribution, sale
  • Construction
  • Airport operations
  • Utilities (water, power, gas, electrical)
  • Railroads and public transportation
  • Cybersecurity operations
  • Flood control
  • Solid waste and recycling
  • Internet, video and telecommunications


  • Parks
  • First responders, emergency management, 911 services

Business and Operations

  • Grocery stores, farmer's markets, farm/produce stands
  • Pet supplies
  • Food, beverage and agriculture
  • Outdoor recreation - parks, trails that provide social distancing for activities such as biking, walking and hiking
  • Charitable and social services
  • Media - newspapers, TV, radio
  • Gas stations and businesses needed for transportation, including auto supply, repair, vehicle sales, bicycle shops, truck stops
  • Banks, currency exchanges, consumer lenders
  • Hardware stores
  • Building and construction trades; plumbers, electricians, exterminators, cleaning and janitorial staff, security staff, HVAC, painting, moving and relocation services, operating engineers
  • Mail, shipping, delivery, pick-up services
  • Laundromats, dry cleaners
  • Restaurants for consumption off-premises
  • Supplies to work from home; businesses that sell, manufacture or supply products needed to conduct distance learning or working remotely
  • Manufacturing companies, distributors, supply chain companies producing and supplying products and services in the pharmaceutical, technology, biotechnology, healthcare, chemical/sanitation, waste pickup and disposal, agriculture, food and beverage, mining, construction, national defense, communications
  • Professional services: legal, accounting, insurance, and real estate (including appraisal and title).
  • Day care centers for individuals serving in an essential services category
  • Hotels and motels, to the extent used for lodging and delivery/carryout food services
  • Funeral, mortuary, cremation, burial, cemetery services

Essential Activities:

  • Obtaining necessary supplies and services for your family, household and pets, such as groceries, food and supplies, equipment to work from home, completing assignments for distance learning, products needed to maintain safety, sanitation and maintaining your residence
  • Seeking medical, behavioral health or emergency services; obtaining medical supplies or medication
  • Caring for a family member, friend or pet in another residence
  • Engaging in outdoor exercise activities, but only if appropriate physical distancing practices are used
  • Transporting children to child care services
  • Engaging in constitutionally protected activities, such as speech and religion, voting, legal or court process

On April 3, Gov. Ducey personal services to close by 5 p.m. on April 4 under newly released guidance on essential services. This includes barbers, cosmetology including hairstyling, nail salons and aesthetic salons; tanning salons, tattoo parlors, spas and massage parlors.

In addition, the governor's office stated that the following services shall also cease operations by 5 p.m. April 4:

  • Amenities at public parks that don't allow for recommended distancing or proper hygeine, such as basketball courts, splash pads, playbrounds, public restrooms, "..but public parks shall remain open to the greatest extent possible."
  • Communal pools at hotels, condominiums, apartment complexes, parks
  • Swap meets

On March 30, Ducey and Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman extended a statewide school closure through the end of the school year.

On March 19, Ducey halted all elective surgeries to free up medical resources and maintain the capacity for hospital and providers to continue offering vital services.

On March 17, the Arizona Department of Health Services restricted access to nursing homes, retirement homes and long-term care facilities to mitigate the risk of coronavirus transmission.

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In order to protect yourself from a possible infection, the CDC recommends: 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.