I don't know if I would deem a restaurant essential...one thing I do know is the restaurant business is a precarious endeavor in good times. I'm betting a fair number forced to close will have trouble reopening. Even with government help. They may reopen immediately after to collect government assistance and then go under.
Just listened to the entire Pa news conference and evidently restaurants will be permitted to deliver take out. From what I saw at the market this morning, restaurants may end up doing a lot of take out business?