What is an Essential Service?

So now that anyone not in an essential service is staying at home, exactly what is an essential service?  There is actually a very long list of businesses deemed essential.  Among the essential categories are Law and Order, Food, Health and Human Services, Energy, Waste and Wastewater, Transportation, Public Works, Communications and Internet, Other Community-Based Essential Functions, Hazardous Materials, Manufacturing, Financial Services, Chemical, and Defense Industry.

You can find the full list, with lots more detail in each category, here:


If your business is not included in the full list, and you think it should be, there is this Special Note for you.

  1. Special Note 

If the function of your business is not listed above, but you believe that it is essential or it is an entity providing essential services or functions, you may request designation as an essential business. 

Requests by businesses to be designated an essential function should only be made if they are NOT covered by the guidance. 

These requests should be submitted to essential@nheconomy.com and include basic contact information and a brief justification.

2 thoughts on “What is an Essential Service?

  1. Pam Bernard 03/27/2020 at 9:52 AM Reply

    Lil, I’ve lost all my contacts, so I hope this is the correct way to send a notice. If not, perhaps you could enlighten me. Sorry for any added issues at this crazy time.

    By the way, we all deeply appreciated this resource when things were normal, but it is a lifesaver now…just to hear others are out there in such a helpful way. Your posts are remarkable for their humanity. I won’t forget this.

    Thank you so much, Pam Pam Bernard

    PO Box 963 Walpole, NH 03609 pambernardwriter@gmail.com http://www.Pambernard.com



    • Lil 03/27/2020 at 11:27 AM Reply

      I will add this as a Comment on The Walpolean but not everyone looks at the Home Page, they just read the emails. If you would like me to do a Post that all Followers will receive, send it to ltdecoste@comcast.net


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