Essential Business Waiver Requests

The Department of Health and Senior Services has issued additional guidance around public gatherings, including business operations. Before completing this form, businesses should consult U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency's guidelines around essential businesses prior to requesting a waiver. 

The Department will work to provide responses as quickly as possible, and we appreciate your patience as we navigate this process and work through a potentially high volume of requests.

Businesses that meet any of the following criteria DO NOT need to request a waiver from the state:

  • Can continue to operate with 10 or fewer individuals in a single space each at a minimum of 6 feet apart; OR
  • Are defined as an essential business according to the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency; OR
  • Are otherwise identified in the Department of Health and Senior Services Stay at Home Order.


Businesses should also check local ordinances, which may be more restrictive. 

Businesses not meeting these criteria may request a waiver from the state's social gatherings requirement by providing additional justification explaining why they are essential to public health and safety.​

 
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Businesses that fall within the CISA definition of essential DO NOT need to request a waiver from the state but should check local guidance, which may be more restrictive in your area.

Businesses that can operate with 10 or fewer people in a space, with individuals more than 6 feet apart DO NOT need to request a waiver from the state but should check local guidance, which may be more restrictive in your area.

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