Appliance/Electronics Stores in Delaware, Indiana and Louisiana to Remain Open; Michigan Still Murky

Delaware, Louisiana, Indiana and Michigan have joined six other states in mandating shelter-in-place rules along with restrictions on business.

Appliance and CE dealers in Delaware, Indiana and Louisiana have been given the OK to remain open, joining those in California, Connecticut, Illinois and Ohio. But the status of BrandSource businesses in Michigan remains murky.

In Louisiana, businesses that sell household appliances, A/V products and computers are considered essential by Gov. John Bel Edwards.

In Indiana, Gov. Eric Holcomb also specified businesses that sell household appliances, computers and A/V gear as essential.

In Delaware, Gov. John Carney similarly included electronics and appliance stores on the list of retail operations that may remain open, although furniture and home furnishings shops have been ordered to close.

But in Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order is open to interpretation. Rather than specifying whether electronics and appliance stores may continue to operate, the directive instead defers to the guidelines of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). The list cites as essential those workers “who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences”— which could arguably include servicing dealers. Michigan members can contact their state senators or representatives for clarification.

Connecticut, which had delayed its determinations until recently, now considers retailers of appliances, electronics, computers and telecom equipment “essential” businesses under Gov. Ned Lamont’s Executive Order 7H.

New York and New Jersey have classified appliance stores as “non-essential,” but have provided a means for retailers to request a re-designation. In New York, retailers may make their case for essential status by completing this form. In New Jersey, retailers may apply for essential status by contacting the State Director of Emergency Management at NJEOC@gw.njsp.org.