STORES selling marijuana, guns and liquor have been deemed essential by many states during the coronavirus crisis.
Even some golf courses have remained open during the pandemic, which has seen tens of thousands of people infected.
Bars, restaurants and other public gathering places were shuttered around the country in recent weeks in an effort to prevent more contagion.
Said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo: "This is the most drastic action we can take."
However, each state has picked out businesses and services that will remain open.
States such as California and Washington say cannabis stores should stay in business.
Marijuana sales surged in California after a stay-at-home order was issued, according to The New York Times.
“It shows that a lot of people think cannabis is just another consumer good, like beer or wine,” Liz Connors of the market research company Headset told the Times.
“It’s probably the easiest way to get high without touching your face very much."
The city of Denver said pot shops and liquors stories were not essential, but that decision was reversed after protests, according to The Times.
The list of essential businesses varies in every state.
Gun stores and golf courses have stayed open in Arizona.
“What is essential? Is there a list out there somewhere?” Pennsylvania gun store owner Christopher Hegge told WHYY earlier this month.
“Is it essential keeping you and your family afloat, trying to make money?
“If you have a store that you purchased and you have a loan out there to keep it running, would you not go there for two weeks to try and make something of it?”
Gun stores in Pennsylvania were shuttered, but were later allowed to reopen.
Florists stayed open in Delaware, but not dog groomers, according to the Washington Post.
Liquor stores stayed open in Delaware due to health concerns.
"We are all concerned that closing liquor stores could have an adverse impact on those struggling with substance use related to alcohol," state Department of Public Health spokesperson Jennifer Brestel told WDEL.
"There are concerns about individuals experiencing severe withdrawal symptoms turning to unsafe and unhealthy alternatives in an attempt to get the same affect they would get from consuming alcohol.
"It could also result in a surge of individuals seeking care at the emergency departments to manage withdrawal symptoms."
Non-essential surgeries have also been put on hold in an effort not to overwhelm health care workers.
However, major surgery on New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard is going forward, according to The New York Post.
He has a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow and will have what is commonly known as Tommy John surgery.
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