State of Maine Essential Business List

Drew Sigfridson, SIOR  /   March 31, 2020


On Tuesday, March 24th, 2020, Governor Janet Mills signed an Executive Order mandating that all non-essential businesses and operations in Maine close their physical locations that are public facing. Non-essential businesses may continue to operate provided they (a) do not allow customer, vendor, or other visitor in-person contact; (b) do not require more than ten workers to convene in space where social distancing is not possible; and (c) are facilitated to the maximum extent possible by employees working remotely. All essential businesses and operations are excluded from the Order and shall continue their activities, provided they adhere to guidance on social distancing. Below is a list of essential versus non-essential businesses.


Essential Businesses and Operations – Retail

· Grocery Stores
· Household Goods
· Convenience Stores and Gas Stations
· Hardware Stores and Home Repair
· Automobile Repair
· Bicycle Repair
· Pharmacy and Other Medical Supply Stores
· Medical Marijuana Dispensaries and Caregivers
· Post Offices and Shipping Outlets
· Office Supplies
· Electronics and Communications
· Banks and Credit Unions
· Laundromats and Dry Cleaning
· Animal Feed and Pet Supply Stores
· Truck Delivery and Distribution of Goods
· Hotel and Commercial Lodging (suspended per Executive Order on April 3rd 2020)
· Garden Stores and Green Houses
· Restaurants and Bars – Curbside Pickup, Takeout, and Delivery Only
· Fishing Supply and Bait Shops
· Rental Centers – Appliances Only
· Federal Firearms Licensee

Essential Businesses and Operations – Other

· Boat Builders
· Real Estate Activities
· Food Processing and Agriculture
· Fishing and Aquaculture
· Industrial Manufacturing
· Construction, Maintenance and Property Management
· Trash Collection, Transfer Stations and Redemption Centers
· Forest Products
· Psychiatric and Long-Term Care Facilities
· Group Homes and Residential Treatment Facilities
· Biomedical
· Life Science
· Behavioral Health, Health Care, Dental Care, and Long-Term Services and Supports Providers and Organizations
· Child Care Providers
· Veterinary Clinics and Animal Welfare
· Public Transportation
· Legal, Business, Professional, Environmental Permitting and Insurance Services
· All Utilities Such as Electricity, Water, Wastewater and Telecommunications
· Heating Fuel Maintenance and Delivery
· School Employees and Child Nutrition Programs
· Food Banks and Food Pantries
· Fully Automated Car Washes Only
· Plumbers and Electricians

Non-Essential Businesses and Operations

· Shopping Malls
· Fitness and Exercise Gyms
· Spas
· Barber Shops
· Hair Salons
· Tattoo and Piercing Parlors
· Parlors
· Massage Facilities
· Nail Technicians
· Cosmetologists and Estheticians
· Electrolysis Services
· Laser Hair Removal Services, and Similar Personal Care and Treatment Facilities and Services
· Dog Grooming
· Auto Dealerships
· Golf Courses
· Disc Golf Courses
· Pool Construction and Maintenance
· Furniture and Mattress Stores