These ‘essential’ stores, businesses will stay open during Miami’s coronavirus shutdown

Grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations and banks will not be affected by Miami-Dade County’s decision to close down hundreds of stores and businesses to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

The order also will not affect police, fire-rescue or dozens of other essential stores and services, including businesses that have the capability of interacting with customers solely by telephone or the Internet.

Here are some of the essential businesses and service allowed to stay open. Remember to call ahead for hours of operation as some stores and businesses might have limited hours during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Health, medicine and therapy

Hospitals, urgent care centers and doctor offices remain open. File photo.

Hospitals and urgent care centers

Pharmacies, like CVS and Walgreens

Doctors and dentists’ offices

Other healthcare providers, including clinics, rehabilitation facilities, physical therapists, mental health professionals, psychiatrists and therapists.


Grocery stores, food banks and pet stores will remain open. File photo.
Grocery stores, food banks and pet stores will remain open. File photo.

Grocery stores and supermarkets such as Publix, Winn-Dixie and Sedano’s.

Restaurants (takeout and delivery only)

Convenience stores

Food banks

Pet stores

Food cultivation, including farming, livestock and fishing

Any store that sells groceries and necessary non-grocery or household products such as toilet paper and cleaning supplies. This means you can still visit Target and Walmart.

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Transportation and Delivery

Gas stations will remain open. File photo
Gas stations will remain open. File photo

Gas stations (Shell, Chevron, Mobil, Wawa, etc.), auto-supply, auto-repair and related facilities.

U.S. post offices and other businesses that provide mailing and shipping services or deliver groceries, food, goods or services directly to residences such as UPS, FedEx and Amazon.

Airlines, taxis and other private transportation providers using cars, trucks, buses or train. You can still call Uber and Lyft.


Police, fire rescue and other emergency services are operating.
Police, fire rescue and other emergency services are operating.

Police, fire-rescue and other emergency services.

Banks and related financial institutions

Media outlets and other media services including the Miami Herald, television stations, newspapers and radio.

Waste management services, including garbage collection and disposal

Coin laundries, dry cleaners and laundry service providers

Businesses that provide food, shelter, social services and other necessities for those in need

Schools, including college and universities (all are required to teach online until further notice)

Telecommunication providers, which include phone companies, cable and Internet providers (Verizon, Comcast, At&T, etc.)

Telecommunication providers will remain open.
Telecommunication providers will remain open.

Factories, manufacturing facilities, bottling plants or other industrial uses

Hardware stores

Contractors, exterminators, appliance repair, landscape and pool care businesses and other service providers that help maintain homes and other structures. Open construction sites, architectural, engineering or land surveying services are also open.

Home-based care for seniors, adults or children. Childcare facilities providing services for essential employees are still allowed to operate but under stricter conditions.

Assisted living facilities, nursing homes, senior residential facilities and adult day care centers. Remember to contact the facility as many of these places might have changed visiting procedures or operating hours to meet CDC guidelines during the pandemic. Some adult day care centers may have also temporarily closed to protect its workers and senior citizens.

Businesses that provide office supplies to people working from home will remain open. Businesses that provide support or supplies to essential stores or services will also remain open.

Professional services, such as legal or accounting services, that are necessary to comply with legally mandated activities.

For a full list of services expected to stay open, visit

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