Businesses Still Allowed to Operate in Newfoundland

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By order of the government of Newfoundland and Labrador only businesses offering essential services are allowed to continue to operate. These businesses include:

  • Food (including discount stores)
  • Restaurants for take-out, delivery, or drive-thru services only
  • Kitchens to provide room service in hotels
  • Pharmaceutical products, medicine and medical devices
  • Personal hygiene products
  • Cleaning products
  • Baby and child products
  • Gas stations
  • Computer and cellphone service and repair
  • Telecommunications service and repair
  • Electronic and office supplies
  • Pet and animal supplies
  • Hardware stores
  • Auto repair
  • Medical equipment and device repair
  • Motorized vehicle repair
  • Banks
  • Hotels and motels (with the exception of B&Bs and inns)
  • Laundromats and commercial dry cleaners
  • Post offices
  • Courier services
  • Public transit (including taxi services)
  • Rental companies (vehicles and equipment)
  • Repair services (construction, electrical, plumbing, appliances and heating)
  • Household cleaning and restoration (emergency only)
  • Home fuel distribution
  • Pest control

Private health clinics are ordered closed including:

  • Acupuncturists
  • Audiologists
  • Chiropractors
  • Dentists
  • Dental hygienists
  • Denturists
  • Dietitians
  • Dispensing Opticians
  • Speech language pathologists
  • Hearing Aid Practitioners
  • Massage Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Optometrists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers

Spa services were ordered to close on March 23, 2020. For greater clarity, advanced footcare is permitted to continue as it is not considered a spa service. Advanced foot care is defined as in-depth assessments and interventions to address complex conditions of the foot due to various factors including deformities, neurological and circulatory problems, infections and the use of certain medications. It usually requires the use of foot care instruments and often involves corrective foot health education. Those who are considered an advanced foot care provider have:

  1. Current registration with the College of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and
    Labrador or the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador;
  2. Successful completion of an Advanced Foot Care course.

Other businesses that are required to close include:

  • Gyms and fitness facilities, including yoga studios, tennis and squash facilities
  • Dance studios
  • Businesses that hold a license under the Liquor Control Act whose primary purpose is the consumption of beer, wine, or spirits
  • Cinemas
  • Arenas
  • Performance spaces
  • Bingo halls
  • Personal services establishments including spas, esthetic services, hair salons, body piercing, tattooing and tanning salons
  • Retail stores, unless those stores provide services essential to life, health or personal safety of individuals and animals.

Restaurants are ordered to close in-person dining.

Retail stores are allowed to continue operating online, but walk-in stores must be closed.

Update: The Government released this nice graphic to boot.

Gregory Pike
Author: Gregory Pike

Greg is a local software developer who is passionate about supporting the local economy. His vision when creating this website was to connect people with businesses struggling to stay open during hard times.

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