As more states issue “shelter in place” orders that mandate that non-essential businesses close temporarily, there are questions about what defines an essential business.
As of now we have found the following:
12 Volt shops that engage in automotive repair may be exempt from closing under many state regulations and national Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) guidelines.
Additionally, many industry members are trying to determine if shops providing alcohol ignition interlock services will also be exempt. We have calls into several interlock providers and will update you, when we know more. Feel free to post a comment below if you have more information on this.
CISA provides guidelines on business to federal and state agencies. Its March 19 designation for essential businesses included auto repair as an essential business. You can see its guidelines here.
Guidelines for California designate “Auto repair and maintenance facilities” as an essential business exempt from closing. The full list can be found here: https://covid19.ca.gov/img/EssentialCriticalInfrastructureWorkers.pdf
The same is true of other states includine New York State as listed here: https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/business/what-businesses-are-considered-essential-under-ny-workforce-reduction-order/2336886/ and Illinois here: https://wgntv.com/news/coronavirus/illinois-essential-businesses-what-is-open-and-what-is-closed/
Other general resources non-related to business exemptions, that may be helpful at this time provided by SEMA: