Is window cleaning considered an "essential business?"

I live and work in Illinois, and like a few other states, we are now under a “shelter in place” order. However, essential businesses can remain in operation. Here is one of the definitions of essential business according to Illinois:

“…other service providers that maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operation of residences…”

Am I trying too hard to make my business fall into this category, or would you consider it essential according to this definition?

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California uses the federal Critical Infrastructure Sectors as guidance. We fall under the Commercial Facilities Sector which includes maintenance and cleaning/sanitizing of commercial properties. However, it’s very general and broad. Same with Nevada now.

If SC shelters in place, which I think we will, If someone asks me I plan on citing these resources while stating that soap can kill the virus, and I’ll be wearing a respirator and gloves. 3m has a respirator that filters out 99.7%, so much better than the n95 mask. They are hard to find, but if you can get your hands on one they last for at least 40 hours.

Soap doesn’t kill viruses. I’d be careful about what you say. I’d never advertise anything sanitizes. If someone gets sick after you leave, you could be toast.

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I agree with the sentiment of liability 100%, but just for accuracy:

“So why does soap work so well on the Sars-CoV-2, the coronavirus and indeed most viruses? The short story: because the virus is a self-assembled nanoparticle in which the weakest link is the lipid (fatty) bilayer. Soap dissolves the fat membrane and the virus falls apart like a house of cards and dies – or rather, we should say it becomes inactive as viruses aren’t really alive.”

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soap absolutely kills corona virus

Oh, definitely telling them I can’t guarantee it will kill it all. Soap doesn’t kill all viruses from what I read, but it does kill this one.

Is anyone still running their business and saying it’s part of the ‘essentials’ list?

Nope on complete shutdown until 29th march or if our goverment extends that date further.

How about gutter cleaning? I feel very strongly that this contributes to the “essential operation of residences.” (again, thats Illinois’ wording, could be different elsewhere.)

There’s one approach: finding a way to continue working

then there’s the other approach: I don’t want this thing no matter what

I don’t want to be in people’s offices or homes or around people for that matter even if window cleaning was specifically stated as ok to continue.

what if you get someone sick or they at least blame you for getting them sick “since you were the only one they’ve had in their home in the last 2 weeks”?

what if you get sick from being in their house or office because their spring breaker kid just got home from the beach parties

a friend told me today one of the branches for the bank he works for, everyone walked out, too freaked out by this thing

pick your poison is what this seems to be turning into - on every level, the economy, businesses, and individuals


This is a screenshot of a list of essential services that can continue to operate here in Canada. It’s for Ontario but it’s usually consistent across provincial borders.


So window cleaners are safe in Ontario, under point # 13


So far, yes. For Quebec the list is not as detailed but does also include necessary building maintenance so I’ll assume it’s ok until we get deeper into this thing…

Aside from covid-19, do you know what the rules are for an Ontario resident and buisness owner to do jobs in Quebec?

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No idea about that but I’d assume it’d be under the guidelines of whichever province you’re working in on that day. Like I said, Ontario’s guidelines are much more detailed but QC will be releasing a hotline to call to check to see if your business is eligible. However, it hasn’t been released yet.

For QC…

Washington State says housekeeping is an essential business. As a one person sole proprietor I have customers that still want it done, and that is after day before confirmations. Gloves and masks while entering homes as a precaution!

one of the leading docs says he expects 80% of people to get the China Virus, even with all this Kung FLU fighting going on.

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Two responses here:

In Minnesota, we are going into a stay at home order tonight. Every “essential” business I do work for has sent me a designation as an essential supplier/vendor letter that I can use to show authorities that I am authorized to continue working. However, this is for the cleaning company. There is no way this translates into window cleaning here, either in commercial facilities or residential. Besides, why would you want to risk it?

Soap does not necessarilly kill coronavirus, at least not in the way most people think. It will eventually help break down the virus, but it’s not a kill on contact type of situation. Here are the reasons washing with soap is recommended: 1) The oils on our skin hold the virus, which is why we need to wash with soap and water. Soap breaks down the oil, freeing the virus, allowing it to be washed down the drain. 2) On surfaces, the CDC recommends washing the surface if it’s dirty, and then disinfecting it with an EPA registered disinfectant that is effective against coronavirus. The dwell time for these disinfectants is usually 1 to 10 minutes in order to effectively kill coronavirus.