Protecting the health, safety and welfare of the general public and animals

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Based on the Governor’s Executive Order No 9-20  and  the US Department of Homeland Security 's Cyber-Security and Infrastructure Security Agency , veterinary facilities and shelters are essential

Below is language from page 6 of the Governor’s Order:

Food, Beverage, and Agriculture:

Food and beverage manufacturing, production, processing, and cultivation, including farming, livestock, seed and feed stores, fishing, baking, and other production agriculture, including cultivation, marketing, production, and distribution of animals and goods for consumption, and businesses that provide food, shelter, and other necessities of life for animals, including animal shelters, rescues, shelters, kennels, and adoption facilities.

Also below is the language from the US Department of Homeland Security 's Cyber-Security and Infrastructure Security Agency

Food and Agriculture:

Animal agriculture workers to include those employed in veterinary health; manufacturing and distribution of animal medical materials, animal vaccines, animal drugs, feed ingredients, feed, and bedding, etc.; transportation of live animals, animal medical materials; transportation of deceased animals for disposal; raising of animals for food; animal production operations; slaughter and packing plants and associated regulatory and government workforce.