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Essential Businesses During COVID-19 and Recruiting

Monday, March 30th, 2020 by Maria Roberts

The phrase “essential business” has undoubtedly been a buzzword in the news lately. In fact, it’s rare to come across an article, blog, or even clickbait without seeing that phrase. But what exactly does it mean? What does it take to be “essential” or “nonessential”?

Essential vs. Nonessential

Technically, it is up to cities and states to decide exactly which category businesses fall into. Some states differ in their distinctions between the two. Take salons for example. While Florida has permitted their salons to remain open, North Carolina announced that salons will be temporarily closed beginning on March 25th.

Generally speaking, businesses that people rely on for everyday life are considered to be essential while nonessential businesses are largely recreational in nature. Below is a brief list of some of the businesses classified as essential by the Department of Homeland Security.

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Examples of essential businesses include:

  • Construction and home improvement
  • Supermarkets and grocery stores 
  • Pharmacies
  • Healthcare operations
  • Garbage collection
  • Law enforcement
  • Hardware stores
  • Gas stations
  • Automotive repair and maintenance shops
  • Banks
  • Post offices and shipping businesses
  • Veterinary clinics
  • Pet stores
  • Businesses that provide necessities to shelters and economically disadvantaged people
  • Businesses that contribute to the health and safety of residential buildings (i.e., plumbers, HVAC, electricians)
  • Educational institutions (if they follow proper rules for social distancing and distance learning)
  • Agriculture and food processing
  • Transportation, including airlines, buses, taxis, rideshare programs, and vehicle rentals
  • And of course—businesses that allow essential businesses to operate.

Examples of nonessential businesses include:

  • Gyms and recreation centers
  • Movie theaters
  • Salons and spas
  • Tattoo parlors
  • Casinos
  • Sporting and concert venues

So, what does all this mean?

Since the topic of COVID-19 is evolving each day, it is difficult to predict exactly how it will affect the economy. Some people are concerned about a recession while others think we will bounce back naturally. Small businesses, the stock market, and unemployment rates have already begun to suffer because of the virus.

How Will This Affect Carolina Basement Systems?

Carolina Basement Systems is committed to the health, safety, and satisfaction of our customers and employees. We are actively monitoring the public health situation related to COVID-19 to make sure that we are up to date on all pertinent information. We have taken measures to help ensure optimal health and safety within our company as well, including sanitizing frequently-used areas of the office, advising team members to stay home if they are sick, and refraining from shaking hands (we will still smile though!). We know that COVID-19 brings a lot of uncertainty and unknowns, but our company is resilient and adaptable. In fact, Carolina Basement Systems has broken our weekly record in sales not once but TWICE this month! We are extremely proud of our hardworking and dedicated employees and remain hopeful about the future.

As we surge into the unknown together, we want to be mindful of the situations our local communities are in. These situations could be something as simple as isolation from friends and family to as impactful as losing all household income. We urge everyone to take care of their fellow neighbors and while we have been deemed an essential business, we are not taking our jobs for granted. We are constantly looking for ways to grow both in how we do our job safely and in our personnel. If you or someone you know is looking to make a career move, please visit our website at

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