Most businesses now allowed to operate at 75 percent capacity

Many restaurants and tourism-related businesses have been adversely affected by the lack of tourists visiting the island. (PNC file photo)

The Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) has issued DPHSS Guidance Memo 2021-10, relative to restrictions and allowances for business and government operations in accordance with Executive Order No. 2021-07 during the current Pandemic Conditions of Readiness 3 (PCOR 3), which was declared by Executive Order No. 2021-04.

DPHSS Guidance Memo 2021-10 permits additional authorized businesses and services to operate at up to 75% occupancy load, including:

= Advertising and marketing firms operating by appointment only;

= Airlines (ground crew), taxis, and other private transportation providers that provide transportation services;

= Animal grooming and training establishments that operate by appointment only;

= Animal shelters;

= Armored cash carriers;

= Auto wash, detailing, and tinting businesses operating by appointment only;

= Automobile and moped rental businesses;

= Automobile and other motorized vehicle sales operating by appointment only;

= Automobile, motorcycle, and bicycle supply and repair shops;

= Banks, credit unions, and related financial institutions (i.e., establishments providing payroll, accounting, insurance, check-cashing, ATM, and money transfer operations);

= Building cleaning and maintenance operations (i.e., janitorial services, landscaping services, and pool maintenance);

= Businesses and registered non-profit organizations that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals;

= Business operations of firearms or ammunition products and accessories;

= Businesses providing mailing and shipping services, including post office boxes;

= Businesses that issue passports;

= Businesses that primarily supply other businesses with the support or supplies necessary to operate;

= Businesses that primarily supply products needed for people to work from home;

= Businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food, goods, or services directly to residences;

= Construction companies;

= Cosmetology Establishments operating by appointment only;

= Defense and national security-related operations supporting the U.S. Government or a contractor to the U.S. government;

= Distributors, wholesalers, and providers to businesses;

= Dive shops, operating by appointment only;

= Financial planning firm operating by appointment only;

= Food cultivation, including farming, livestock, and subsistence and commercial fishing;

= Gas stations;

= Hardware stores;

= Healthcare Operations;

= In-Office Consulting firms operating by appointment only;

= Indoor firing ranges;

= Infrastructure for the following businesses: airport operations; water, wastewater, gas, electrical, oil refining, roads and highway operations; solid waste collection and removal; Internet and telecommunications systems; and hotels and places of accommodation.

= Laundromats, dry cleaners, and laundry service providers;

= Newspapers, television, radio, and other media companies;

= Photography establishments operating by appointment only;

= Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, builders, contractors, HVAC technicians, landscapers, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and critical operation of residences, critical activities, and critical businesses;

= Professional businesses, such as legal or accounting firms, when necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities;

= Real estate business operating by appointment only;

= Retail Stores;

= Security companies that maintain building access and control and physical security measures;

= Testing sites for certification, credentialing, licensing, and aptitude; and

= Trash and recycling businesses that collect, process, and disposal and/or recycle.

Additionally, DPHSS Guidance Memo 2021-10 increases the limit of paddling sports (kayaking, stand-up paddling) to no more than six (6) persons, under authorized outdoor, non-contact recreational activities.

Businesses and services not authorized for on-site operations include:

Reservations to celebrate public and private functions (i.e., anniversaries, birthdays, weddings, graduations) at Eating and Drinking Establishments and other public venues where the total number of guests exceed fifty (50) individuals.

Contact sporting events of all types and organized games;

Senior Citizen Centers; and

Other businesses and services not identified by the DPHSS in DPHSS Guidance Memo 2021-10.

To view DPHSS Guidance Memo 2021-10 in its entirety, click HERE. Written mitigation plans and requests for authorization for operations may be submitted to For more information, contact the DPHSS Division of Environmental Health at 300-9579 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or email,

(JIC Release No. 621)