On March 28, 2020 an order issued by the Governor restricting the continued operation of all non-essential businesses in the state became effective. The order will remain in effect until April 10, 2020.
On March 26, 2020 the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association receive written communication confirming:
Landscape Maintenance Services, Construction, and Tree Care are listed on the NAICS list compiled by Governor Walz of "essential businesses." (See - NAICS code 5617 "Services to Buildings and Dwellings" on the Governor's list of critical business.) Note: MNLA has received express guidance from staff in the Governor's office that Landscape services (subcategory 561730) falls within this category only if it is being conducted “in service to a critical industry or an emergency need. An example of a critical industry is construction.”
Further consideration is provided when an essential service is needed to protect public health and safety ie debris removal, tree care, pest control and other services to avoid imminent threats to public health and safety.
NALP is continuing to work with state officials on this issue.
Minnesota has followed the guidance provided by the Department of Homeland Security, Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response in determining which industries are “essential” and can therefore remain in operation. The memorandum was updated on March 28th to specifically enumerate “landscapers” which includes landscape maintenance/design/install, lawncare, irrigation and tree care.
The provision in the “Public Works” section of the memorandum states:
“Workers such as plumbers, electricians, exterminators, builders, contractors, HVAC Technicians, landscapers, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, businesses and buildings such as hospitals, senior living facilities, any temporary construction required to support COVID-19 response.”
In addition, NALP’s position can be read here which identifies the role the landscape industry is playing to protect other essential critical workers while also protecting public health and safety.
The Order: https://mn.gov/governor/assets/3a.%20EO%2020-20%20FINAL%20SIGNED%20Filed_tcm1055-425020.pdf