Coronavirus: Who are considered ‘essential’ workers?

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Several states have issued orders mandating that everyone aside from nonessential workers stay home as most businesses are forced to temporarily close in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Although everyone would argue that they’re essential to their employers, lawmakers have dwindled the list to several industries deemed too critical to be halted during the crisis. While states can designate what qualifies as essential, the standard definition of an essential employee is someone that performs work involving the safety of human life and the protection of property, according to the 2013 Essential Services Act.