State by State COVID-19 Guidance

Last Updated on May 21, at 3:30 PM
The Department of Homeland Security updated the revised Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce: Ensuring Community and National Resilience in COVID-19 Response version 3.0. The language in the Public Works and Infrastructure Support Services section remains the same as version 2.0 and includes “landscapers” as essential. The Federal Government continues to view the landscape industry as critical and essential. See below for further information.
Updated March 28: After working with the Department of Homeland Security for weeks to ensure that landscape services are included in the Federal Guidance as an essential service, the revised Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce: Ensuring Community and National Resilience in COVID-19 Response Version 2.0 includes our industry in the Public Works and Infrastructure Support Services section of DHS's "Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19." We are included (on the "CISA list") as follows:

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.

This is a huge win for our industry but note that State and Local authorities still have jurisdiction in their areas; also DHS says that "the list is advisory in nature. It is not, nor should it be considered, a federal directive or standard."  We will continue to work with all 50 States to ensure that landscaping services are considered essential. 

On May 19, 2020, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released version 3.1 of its Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce. Version 3.1 continues to include “landscapers” but also adds
  • Workers supporting greenhouses as well as the growth and distribution of plants and associated products for home gardens.
This is the fourth revision to the highly referenced federal list and the first since April 17th. As many states and businesses reopen, this list remains a powerful tool today and in the future if closures return at a later date.

For information about each State's “lockdown” or “shelter in place” orders, review the list below. If there is an order in place we have provided provisions of that order that are the most pertinent to the landscape industry.

In states that we do not have explicit language exempting the landscape industry we are continuing to communicate with those officials to provide further evidence of the essential nature of landscape services. The provisions cited below that do not explicitly exempt landscape services does infer the essential services the industry provides through maintenance, repair, sanitation and other provisions associated with the landscape industry and through our continued support of other essential businesses. This remains a rapidly developing situation and we will update this website as we learn new information.

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Alabama

On April 28th, Governor Kay Ivey issued a new order which puts in place continued social distancing and safety requirements but allows many nonessential businesses within the state of Alabama to reopen.  The previous “stay-at-home” order had deemed landscape services as essential and the new order does not change this status.

Click here to see the order.

Governor Kay Ivey has not announced whether Alabama will extend its stay-at-home order past its April 30 expiration date.

Alaska

Governor Mike Dunleavy allowed nonessential businesses to reopen for regular business hours, with varying restrictions by sector, on April 24. Many travel and fishing restrictions have also been lifted.

Arizona

On March 23, 2020 an order issued by the Governor restricting the continued operation of all non-essential businesses in the state became effective.  
The provision that includes landscape services is: Essential Infrastructure Operations - …building management and maintenance; landscape management…

Critical trades – Building and Construction Tradesmen and Tradeswomen and other trades including but not limited to  plumbers, electricians, exterminators cleaning, and janitorial staff for commercial and governmental properties, security staff and operating engineers, HVAC, painting, moving and relocation services and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operation of residences, essential activities and essential businesses and operations.


The Order: https://azgovernor.gov/sites/default/files/eo_2021_0.pdf

On March 30, 2020, the governor issued an Executive Order instituted a “stay home, stay healthy, stay connected” policy effective March 31, 2020 and effective through April 30, 2020. Businesses that are open by virtue of Executive Order 2020-12 must maintain physical distancing of at least six feet as well as sanitation measures consistent with CDC and Arizona Department of Health Services guidelines.

The provision that includes landscape services is: Section 6

The order:
https://azgovernor.gov/sites/default/files/eo_2020-18_stay_home_stay_healthy_stay_connected_1.0.pdf

Governor Doug Ducey’s office has yet to decide on a reopening plan, but said an announcement will come this week. The state's stay-at-home order will expire on April 30.

Arkansas

On April 4, 2020, the governor issued an Executive Order amending a previous order declaring a state of emergency exists within Arkansas.

This directive does not apply to businesses, however it advises a limit on person-to-person contact and the maintenance of social distancing.

The order:
https://governor.arkansas.gov/images/uploads/executiveOrders/EO_20-13._.pdf

Governor Asa Hutchinson never put an official stay-at-home order in place and has announced he hopes to ease some closures on May 4. He will announce when restaurants can accept dine-in customers on April 29.

No stay-at-home order. Schools have been closed for the rest of the academic term.

California

On March 19, 2020, an order issued by the Governor restricting the continued operation of all non-essential businesses in the state became effective.  The order is in effect until further notice.

California 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.

Order: https://covid19.ca.gov/img/Executive-Order-N-33-20.pdf

An indefinite stay-at-home order is in place, per Governor Gavin Newsom.

No set end date. Governor Gavin Newsom said he will coordinate with the governors of Oregon and Washington to reopen the economy once six benchmarks have been reached.

Colorado

On March 24, 2020 an order issued by the Governor requiring noncritical workplaces in Colorado to reduce their in-person workforce by 50% became effective.  The order is currently set to expire on April 17, 2020. The order does not directly impact the landscape industry as long as policies can be put into place to permit teleworking and practicing social distancing.

The policy does not apply to essential businesses described in guidance issued by the governor:
  • Critical Services, including trash and recycling, mail, shipping, laundromats, child care, building cleaning and maintenance, auto supply and repair, warehouses/distribution, funeral homes, crematoriums, cemeteries, animal shelters and rescues
  • Public Safety Services like law enforcement, fire prevention and response, EMTs, security, disinfection, cleaning, building code enforcement, snow removal, auto repair.

Guidance: https://www.postindependent.com/news/colorado-governor-issues-order-to-reduce-in-person-workforce-of-noncritical-workplaces-by-50-asks-people-to-limit-movement-in-public/

The Order: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1O1EDCY6-A6QBKxzDImCSF8bBBdOOI3Km/view

On April 6, 2020, the governor issued an Executive Order extending and amending Executive Order 2020 017 order until April 26, 2020. The new order also allows local public health authorities to issue more protective orders.

The order:
https://www.colorado.gov/governor/sites/default/files/inline-files/D%202020%20024%20Amending%20and%20Extending%20Executive%20Order%20D%202020%20017%20Stay%20at%20Home%20Order_0.pdf

The state's stay-at-home order expired on April 27, moving to a new phase named by Governor Jared Polis "Safer at Home." In this phase, retail businesses can do curbside pickup, other businesses can reopen with medical precautions and elective surgeries may resume. Businesses such as salons, dog groomers, personal trainers and elective medical services will be allowed to open May 1. On May 4, offices may reopen with 50% capacity.

 

Connecticut

On March 22, 2020 an order issued by the Governor restricting the continued operation of all non-essential businesses in the state became effective.  The order is currently set to expire on April 23, 2020.

Connecticut 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 provision that includes landscape services is:

“Workers such as plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences”

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.

Order:
https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/Office-of-the-Governor/Executive-Orders/Lamont-Executive-Orders/Executive-Order-No-7H.pdf?la=en

Mandatory shutdown extended until May 20.

Delaware

On March 24, 2020 an order issued by the Governor restricting the continued operation of all non-essential businesses in the state became effective.  The order is currently set to expire on April 23, 2020.

The provision that includes landscape service is:  “Administrative Support & Services – Services to Buildings and Dwellings”  (NAICS Code 5617) The list specifically included the NACIS codes to assist in making determinations and the landscape industry falls within this NAICS code, as it is 561730

List of Essential Businesses: https://coronavirus.delaware.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/177/2020/03/Delaware-list-of-essential-and-nonessential-businesses-March-22-2020-2.pdf

Order: https://governor.delaware.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2020/03/Fifth-Modification-to-State-of-Emergency-03222020.pdf

Governor John Carney extended a stay-at-home order until May 15.

Stay-at-home order until May 15 or until the “public health threat is eliminated.”

District of Columbia

On March 24, 2020, an order issued by the Mayor restricting the continued operation of all non-essential businesses in the state became effective.  The order is currently set to expire on April 24, 2020.

The District 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://coronavirus.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/mayormb/release_content/attachments/Mayor%27s%20Order%202020-053%20Closure%20of%20Non-Essential%20Businesses%20and%20Prohibiti....pdf

Mayor Muriel Bowser announced the city's stay-at-home order was extended through May 15.

Florida

On April 1, 2020, the governor issued a Safer At Home Executive Order ordering senior citizens and those with significant medical conditions to stay at home and take measures to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19, and for all residents to limit their movement to essential services and activities.

The portion that includes landscape services is Section 2 (A):

“For purposes of this Order and the conduct it limits, "essential services" means and encompasses the list detailed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in its Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce, v. 2 (March 28, 2020) (attached) and any subsequent lists published.”

The order: https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/orders/2020/EO_20-91.pdf

The state's stay-at-home order is set to expire April 30. No announcement for reopening has been made, but Friday was the last day for Governor Rick DeSantis' reopening task force to offer recommendations, with an announcement likely this week.

Stay-at-home order until April 30. Some beaches reopened April 17.

Partial reopening beginning 5/4/20.

Georgia

On April 2, 2020, an order issued by the Governor restricting the continued operation of all non-essential businesses in the state became effective.  The order is currently set to expire on April 13, 2020. The order also prohibits political subdivisions from enforcing local public heath ordinances that conflict with the order.

Georgia 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.

Order: https://static.fox5atlanta.com/www.fox5atlanta.com/content/uploads/2020/04/d032f371-04.02.20.01.pdf

The state has earned widespread criticism, even from the president, after Governor Brian Kemp said businesses like gyms, hair salons and barber shops could open on April 24 with theaters and restaurants reopening on April 27.

Shelter-in-place order lifted beginning April 24. K-12 public schools will remain closed through the end of the school year. Governor Brian Kemp loosened restrictions to allow the reopening of fitness centers, bowling alleys, hair salons and massage therapists on April 24, and restaurants and theaters on April 27.

Hawaii

On March 23, 2020, Governor Ige ordered the entire state to stay at home and work from home beginning March 25 through April 30.

Hawaii sites 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; but Hawaii also enhances the list.

The provision that includes landscape services is: Critical trades. Building and Construction Tradesmen and Tradeswomen, and other trades including but not limited to plumbers, electricians, exterminators, cleaning and janitorial staff for commercial and governmental properties, security staff, operating engineers, HVAC, painting, moving and relocation services, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, essential activities, and essential businesses and operations;

The order: https://governor.hawaii.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/2003162-ATG_Third-Supplementary-Proclamation-for-COVID-19-signed.pdf

Governor Ige extended the stay-at-home order until May 31.

Idaho

On April 2, 2020, an amended order issued by the Governor restricting the continued operation of all non-essential businesses in the state became effective.  The order is currently set to expire on April 15, 2020.

Idaho 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.

Order: https://coronavirus.idaho.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/127/2020/04/statewide-stay-home-order_040220.pdf

Governor Brad Little announced his plan to reopen the state beginning on May 1 and proceeding with four steps through June 13.

Illinois

On March 21, 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 7, 2020.

The provision that includes landscape services is: Critical trades  Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, cleaning and janitorial staff, security, etc.

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity issued a document to assist businesses further determine their status. The document specifically includes landscape services.

Can residential and commercial lawn service remain open? Yes. Many landscape projects will fit under an exemption such as construction, agriculture, or public works. Outdoor landscape projects generally will provide for good social distancing that poses little risk of transmission, but it still is important to ensure the ability to wash or sanitize hands and take other precautions. https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/SmallBizAssistance/Documents/Essential%20Business%20Checklist3-22.pdf

Order:  https://www2.illinois.gov/IISNews/21288-Gov._Pritzker_Stay_at_Home_Order.pdf

Governor J.B. Pritzker announced Thursday he will extend the state’s stay-at-home order until at least May 30.

Indiana

On March 23, 2020, an order issued by the Governor restricting the continued operation of all non-essential businesses in the state became effective.  The order is currently set to expire on April 6, 2020.

Indiana 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.

Order: https://www.in.gov/gov/files/Executive_Order_20-08_Stay_at_Home.pdf


On April 6, 2020, an order issued by the Governor restricting the continued operation of all non-essential businesses in the state became effective.  The order is currently set to expire on April 20, 2020.

Governor Mike Holcomb said elective surgeries may resume April 27 and he planned to lessen restrictions in early May.

Stay-at-home order extended through May 1.

Partial reopening beginning 5/4/2020.

Iowa

On March 17, 2020 an order issued by the Governor restricting the continued operation of all non-life sustaining retail businesses in the state became effective.   The order will remain in effect until April 17, 2020. The order does not restrict the landscape industry but limits “social gatherings” not to exceed 10 people.

The Order: https://governor.iowa.gov/sites/default/files/documents/Public%20Health%20Proclamation%20-%202020.03.17.pdf

The state has not had a stay-at-home order since April 20 and Governor Kim Reynolds lifted the ban on nonessential surgeries beginning April 27.

No stay-at-home order. Nonessential businesses have been ordered to close until April 30.

Partial reopening beginning 5/1/2020.

Kansas

On March 28, 2020, the governor issued a statewide stay home order effective March 31, 2020.
The provisions that include landscape services can be found in KEFF 400 SUPPLY Section 9(d) 

The order: https://governor.kansas.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/EO20-16.pdf

Governor Laura Kelly said she is moving forward with the goal of reopening the state on May 3 if crucial guidelines are in place.

Stay-at-home order extended until May 3.

Partial reopening beginning 5/4/2020.

Kentucky

On March 25, 2020, the governor issued an executive order that only life-sustaining businesses may remain open. Life-sustaining businesses are, in part, defined by the CISA list

The provision that includes landscape services is Section 1 (a).

The order: https://governor.ky.gov/attachments/20200325_Executive-Order_2020-257_Healthy-at-Home.pdf

On March 23, 2020 an order issued by the Governor restricting the continued operation of some businesses in the state became effective.   The order will remain in effect until April 17, 2020. The order does not restrict the landscape industry.

The order: https://governor.ky.gov/attachments/20200322_Executive-Order_2020-246_Retail.pdf

Governor Andy Beshear's stay-at-home order is currently indefinite.

The “Healthy at Home” campaign, in effect indefinitely, is phrased as an advisory rather than an order, though Governor Andy Beshear has said it amounts to a directive to remain at home. School districts statewide have been advised to suspend in-person classes until at least May 1 and prepare for possibly closing through the rest of the school year.

Partial reopening beginning 5/11/2020.

Louisiana

On March 22,2020, an order issued by the Governor restricting the continued operation of all non-essential businesses in the state became effective.  The order is currently set to expire on April 13, 2020.

Louisiana 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.

Order: https://gov.louisiana.gov/assets/Proclamations/2020/JBE-33-2020.pdf

Governor John Bel Edwards announced he will extend Louisiana’s stay-at-home order until May 15.

Maine

On March 31, 2020, the governor issued a Stay Healthy at Home Mandate requiring residents to remain at home unless for an essential job or other necessary purposes through April 30th.

The order: https://www.maine.gov/governor/mills/news/governor-mills-issues-stay-healthy-home-mandate-2020-03-31

On March 24, 2020, the governor issued and order regarding essential businesses and operations, referencing the CISA memo of March 19, 2020. The provisions that affect landscape services are found in Section II (A)(1) & (2)

The Order: https://www.maine.gov/governor/mills/sites/maine.gov.governor.mills/files/inline-files/An%20Order%20Regarding%20Essential%20Businesses%20and%20Operations%20.pdf

Governor Janet Mills extended the state of civil emergency to May 15 last week.

Stay at home until 5/31/20; Partial reopening beginning 5/1/2020.

Maryland

On March 23, 2020 an order issued by the Governor restricting the continued operation of all non-essential businesses in the state became effective.  

The provision that includes landscape services is: Building and property maintenance companies, including without limitation plumbers, electricians, HVAC service companies, roofers, environmental services companies, exterminators, arborists, and landscapers.

Guidance Document: https://governor.maryland.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/OLC-Interpretive-Guidance-COVID19-04.pdf?fbclid=IwAR36DP1_5aVeuH-wAAdCMkIJnDQm3ne1PD0HrDLuf5Vfz7seSusMVR20P3Q

The Order: https://governor.maryland.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Gatherings-THIRD-AMENDED-3.23.20.pdf

On March 30, 2020, the governor issued a Order amending and restating the order of March 23, 2020 closing all non-essential businesses and requiring all persons to stay at home unless conducting essential activities. The state relies upon CISA guidance to determine essential businesses.

The provision that includes landscape services is Section IV(a):

“This Order controls the occupancy and use of all businesses, organizations, establishments, and facilities that are not part of the critical infrastructure sectors identified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (currently described at - 4 - https://www.cisa.gov/identifying-critical-infrastructure-during-covid-19) (collectively, “Non-Essential Businesses”).”

The Order:
https://governor.maryland.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Gatherings-FOURTH-AMENDED-3.30.20.pdf

Governor Larry Hogan's stay-at-home order is currently indefinite.

Massachusetts

On March 31, 2020, the governor issued an Executive Order that extended the closure of non-essential businesses to May 4, 2020 as well as other minor changes. The provisions pertaining to landscape services remain unchanged and can be accessed in the guidance document below.

The order: https://www.mass.gov/doc/march-31-2020-essential-services-extension-order/download

Guidance Document: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-essential-services

On March 24, 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 7, 2020.

The provision that includes landscape services is: Workers such as plumbers, electricians, exterminators, inspectors and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, construction sites and projects, and needed facilities

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.

Guidance Document: https://www.mass.gov/doc/covid-19-essential-services/download

The Order: https://www.mass.gov/doc/march-23-2020-essential-services-and-revised-gatherings-order/download

Governor Charlie Baker closed schools and day care businesses for the rest of the academic year but has yet to comment on the upcoming May 4 stay-at-home expiration date.

Stay at home until 5/18/2020.

Michigan

On April 9, 2020, the governor issued an Executive Order, a temporary requirement to suspend activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life.  The order remains in effect until April 30, 2020.  The governor’s order uses the CISA guidance to identify critical infrastructure workers but refuses to adopt the March 28, 2020 version:

“For purposes of this order, critical infrastructure workers are those workers described by the Director of the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency in his guidance of March 19, 2020 on the COVID-19 response. This order does not adopt any subsequent guidance document released by this same agency.”

The order: https://www.michigan.gov/whitmer/0,9309,7-387-90499_90705-525182--,00.html

On March 24, 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 13, 2020.

Michigan 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 provision that includes landscape services is:

“Workers such as plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences”

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://www.michigan.gov/whitmer/0,9309,7-387-90499_90705-522626--,00.html

On April 24th, Governor Whitmer announced an extension of the existing stay-at-home order but made some amendments to which businesses may begin to operate immediately with strict safety protocols in place.  The landscape industry is included in the following provisions

Workers for garden stores, nurseries, and lawn care, pest control, and landscaping operations, subject to the enhanced social-distancing rules described in section 11(h) of this order.

Click here to read the full order

Governor Gretchen Whitmer extended the state's stay-at-home order by two weeks on Wednesday, with a new end date of May 15, although the state eased some restrictions on stores and other activities.

Stay-at-home order extended through May 15. The governor has issued four factors she will take into consideration when determining a reopening date: sustained reduction in cases, expanded testing and tracing capabilities, enough healthcare capacity, establishment of best practices for the workplace.

Minnesota

On April 8, 2020, Executive Order 20-33 was issued by the Governor restricting the continued operation of all non-essential businesses in the state became effective.  The order will remain effective until the peacetime emergency is terminated or rescinded.

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://portal.ct.gov/-/media/Office-of-the-Governor/Executive-Orders/Lamont-Executive-Orders/Executive-Order-No-7H.pdf?la=en

Governor Tim Walz has projected May 4 as a reopening date.

Stay-at-home order through May 3.

Partial reopening beginning 5/4/2020.

Mississippi

On March 24, 2020, Executive Order 1466 was issued by the Governor requiring residents to shelter-in-place..  The order is currently set to expire on April 20, 2020. This order incorporates the provisions of prior Executive Order 1463/

Mississippi 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.

Order: https://www.sos.ms.gov/Education-Publications/ExecutiveOrders/1466.pdf

Governor Tate Reeves announced the current statewide stay-at-home order will expire on April 27.

Schools will remain closed for the rest of the semester.

Stay at home until 5/11/2020; Partial reopening beginning 4/27/2020.

Missouri

To date, no state order is in place that would impact landscape professionals

The following localities have enacted restrictions on businesses:

Kansas City
On March 24, 2020 an order issued by the Mayor restricting the continued operation of all non-essential businesses in the state became effective.   The order will remain in effect until April 23, 2020.

The provision that include landscape services is: Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, Essential Activities, and Essential Businesses;

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://www.kcmo.gov/home/showdocument?id=4065

St. Louis
On March 23, 2020 an order issued by the Mayor restricting the continued operation of all non-essential businesses in the state became effective.The order will remain in effect until April 22, 2020.

The provision that include landscape services is: Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, Essential Activities, and Essential Businesses;

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://www.stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/health/communicable-disease/covid-19/documents/upload/Health-Commission-s-Order-5-03-21-2020.pdf

Governor Mike Parson chose not to extend the state's stay-at-home order, set to expire on May 4. On that day, all businesses may reopen following social distancing guidelines.

“Stay Home Missouri” order extended through May 3.

Partial reopening beginning 5/4/2020.

Montana

On March 26, 2020, an order issued by the Governor restricting the continued operation of all non-essential businesses in the state became effective.  The order is currently set to expire on April 10, 2020.

Montana 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.

Order: https://covid19.mt.gov/Portals/223/Documents/Stay%20at%20Home%20Directive.pdf?ver=2020-03-26-173332-177

Governor Steve Bullock said the state's stay-at-home order will be lifted Sunday, and certain nonessential businesses can begin to reopen beginning April 27.

Nebraska

To date, no state order is in place that would impact landscape professionals.

The state does not have a stay-at-home order.

No stay-at-home order. Hair salons, tattoo parlors have been ordered closed through May 31. “21 Days to Stay Home and Stay Healthy” campaign, which ends on May 1, emphasizes six rules: staying home, socially distancing at work, shopping alone and only once a week, helping kids social distance, helping seniors stay at home, exercising at home.

Partial reopening beginning 5/4/2020.

Nevada

On March 20, 2020 an order issued by the Governor restricting the continued operation of all non-essential businesses in the state became effective.  

The provision that includes landscape services is: Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, home security and other service providers who provide services necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operations of residences or businesses

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://www.scribd.com/document/452574072/MARCH-20-2020-Gov-Sisolak-s-emergency-regulations#from_embed

Governor Steve Sisolak said in a press conference on April 21 that there is no firm date when businesses will be allowed to reopen.

Stay-at-home order until April 30.

Stay at home until 5/15/2020; Partial reopening beginning 5/1/2020.

New Hampshire

On March 26, 2020 the governor issued a stay-at-home order effective through May 4, 2020.

The provision that includes landscape services is found in the section entitled Food and Agriculture on Page 2: “Commercial and residential landscaping services, including golf courses”

The order: https://www.governor.nh.gov/news-media/emergency-orders/documents/emergency-order-17.pdf

Governor Chris Sununu said in a press conference April 21 that he’s leaning toward extending the state's stay-at-home order past May 4.

New Jersey

On April 8, 2020, the governor issued an Executive Order ordering all physical operations of non-essential construction projects to cease for an indefinite period.

The state has issued guidance on what construction projects are deemed essential - https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/businesses-and-organizations/can-construction-projects-continue-what-construction-is-deemed-essential

There have been no changes to the work that is permitted that is not construction related (landscaping) as long as social distancing and PPE requirements are adhered to.

The Order:  https://nj.gov/infobank/eo/056murphy/pdf/EO-122.pdf

On March 16, 2020 an order issued by the Governor restricting the continued operation of all non-essential businesses in the state became effective.  

The provision that includes landscape services is

Examples of employees who need to be physically present at their work site in order to perform their duties include, but are not limited to, law enforcement officers, fire fighters, and other first responders, cashiers or store clerks, construction workers, utility workers, repair workers, warehouse workers, lab researchers, information technology maintenance workers, janitorial and custodial staff, and certain administrative staff.

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.

On March 22, 2020 the New Jersey Nursey and Landscape Association received guidance from the New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture that landscaping may continue in New Jersey provided they follow social distancing requirements laid out in the order.

The Order:  https://files.constantcontact.com/f63391d4501/dc983593-1c3d-47db-8777-1f3602dbe727.pdf

The state's stay-at-home order is in place indefinitely.

Partial reopening beginning 5/2/2020.

New Mexico

On March 23, 2020, the New Mexico Department of Health ordered all businesses and non-profits closed except for those deemed essential.  The order does not specifically reference the CISA guidance, but uses language that is largely similar.

The provision that includes landscape services is: “Services necessary to maintain the safety and sanitation of residences or essential businesses including security services, custodial services, plumbers, electricians and other skilled trades.”

The order: https://cv.nmhealth.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/SignedPHO03-24-2019.pdf

State’s emergency order extended to May 15.

Partial reopening beginning 5/1/2020.

New York

On April 2, 2020, the Department of Agriculture and Markets issued new guidance that pertains to landscape contractors.

“At this time, horticulture is designated as a non-essential business (with the exception of nurseries/greenhouses selling food producing plants). Please note that landscaping for maintenance and pest control purposes has been designated as essential. Please consult the Empire State Development Corporation’s (ESD) guidance for further information on essential businesses.

Guidance issued on March 24, 2020 is no longer applicable. Horticultural operations should continue to check back here for any updates.”

The guidance:

https://agriculture.ny.gov/coronavirus

NALP is still working with NY officials to determine exactly what this change in course on Horticulture means.  Since NY continues to reference the DHS CISA list we believe “lanscapers” are now officially included. 


On March 30, 2020, the State of New York withdrew its Guidance for Horticulture Operations. Landscape companies are now subject to workforce restrictions outlined in Governor’s Order 202.6

The order: https://esd.ny.gov/guidance-executive-order-2026

Guidance on the Order: https://esd.ny.gov/guidance-executive-order-2026

On March 22, 2020 an order issued by the Governor restricting the continued operation of all non-essential businesses in the state became effective. 

The provision that includes landscape services is: Essential Services Necessary to Maintain the Safety, Sanitation and Essential Operations of Residences or Other Essential Businesses, Including: General Maintenance

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.

On March 24, 2020, NALP received the following guidance from the New York Department of Agriculture confirming the ability to continue performing landscape services as deemed essential:

  • Production, movement, maintenance, and sale of vegetable plants, nursery stock, trees, plants, and flowers at greenhouse and nursery operations.
  • Tree and shrub trimming and removal for disease, safety, and public health purposes.
  • The placement and ground maintenance of sod, landscaping plants, flowers, ornamental, and trees on residential and commercial grounds.

https://agriculture.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2020/03/guidanceforthehorticultureindustry.pdf

Governor Andrew Cuomo extended the stay-at-home order until May 15, however he said in a press conference Monday that he will extend the "NY PAUSE" initiative in many parts of the state.

Schools and nonessential businesses ordered to stay closed until May 15, and non-essential gatherings of any size are banned.

“New York will reopen on a regional basis (beginning Friday May 15, 2020) as each region meets the criteria necessary to protect public health. Just as COVID-19 impacted each state across the country – and each country across the globe – in a different way and at a different scale, so too does it impact different regions across our vast and diverse state differently.”

https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/NYForwardReopeningGuide.pdf

Further info from Gov. Cuomo’s twitter feed:

https://twitter.com/NYGovCuomo/status/1259873946545119232?s=20

North Carolina

One March 27, 2020, the governor issued a Stay-at-Home Order and Strategic Directions for North Carolina, requiring residents to remain at their place of residence unless traveling for permitted travel and essential activities.

The provision that applies to landscape contractors is Section 2(C)(2)

The order: https://files.nc.gov/governor/documents/files/EO121-Stay-at-Home-Order-3.pdf

On March 25, 2020 an order issued by the Governor restricting mass gathering, schools and certain retail establishments and events.   The order will remain in effect until April 24, 2020.

The order does not restrict the landscape industry. In addition, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture has made the following statement about critical and essential businesses:

Agriculture workers supporting the green industry to include nursery operations, garden centers, landscape and maintenance companies critical to the environmental and physical living conditions necessary in our communities

The Order: https://files.nc.gov/governor/documents/files/EO120.pdf

Wake County

On March 26, 2020, the County Board of Commissioners issued State of Emergency order restricting travel to essential activities. All businesses not providing essential services are closed.

The provision that includes landscape services is Section 10(m) stating that landscapers, lawn maintenance, foresters and related professions that able to conduct their business outside without public interaction are essential.

The order:
http://www.wakegov.com/covid19/Documents/FinalSignedSOE3-26-20.pdf?fbclid=IwAR08wCCvSttGoAYzZWz6VBR1yX2h_0wUf7csderdtz2kvxHVXNNXyvugPSI

Governor Roy Cooper extended the stay-at-home order until May 8 and said non-essential businesses are to remain closed.

North Dakota

To date, no state order is in place that would impact landscape professionals.

The state does not have a stay-at-home order.

Ohio

On March 23, 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 6, 2020.

Ohio sites 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; but Ohio also enhances the list.

The provision that includes landscape services is: Critical Trades  - Building, construction, and other trades, including, but not limited to, plumbers, electricians, exterminators, operating engineers, cleaning and janitorial staff for commercial and governmental properties, security staff, HVAC, painting, moving and relocation services, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, Essential Activities, and Essential Businesses and Operations.

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.

Order: https://htv-prod-media.s3.amazonaws.com/files/stayathomeorder-1584906494.pdf

The state's stay-at-home order will expire May 1. Governor Mike DeWine announced that on May 1, health procedures that do not require an overnight stay in the hospital may resume as well as dental and veterinary services. On Monday, May 4, manufacturing, distribution, construction and office work can resume with increased distancing and other health measures. On May 12, retail and other services may resume. Besides that, the stay-at-home order remains in place and gatherings are still limited to fewer than 10 people.

Stay-at-home order in place until May 1.

Stay at home until 5/29/2020; Partial reopening beginning 5/1/2020.

Oklahoma

On March 26, 2020 an order issued by the Governor restricting the continued operation of all non-essential businesses in the state became effective. 

Oklahoma sites 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; but Oklahoma also enhances the list.

The provision that includes landscape services is: Workers involved with home repair and maintenance including roofing, lawn care, foundation repair and similar businesses whose work is performed outdoors.

The Order: https://kfor.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2020/03/Click-here-for-a-list-of-essential-jobs..pdf

Governor Kevin Skitt began reopening the state with restrictions lifting on barber shops, nail salons, spas, elective surgeries and state parks on April 24. Movie theaters, gyms and restaurants will be allowed to reopen May 1.

“Safer at Home” order extended until May 6 for people over the age of 65 and other vulnerable residents.

Oregon

On March 23, 2020 an order issued by the Governor restricting mass gathering, schools and certain retail establishments and events.The order does not restrict the landscape industry,

The Order: https://govsite-assets.s3.amazonaws.com/jkAULYKcSh6DoDF8wBM0_EO%2020-12.pdf

Governor Kate Brown announced April 20 that her office would finalize a reopening plan the week of May 4.

Stay-at-home order “remains in effect until ended by the governor.” She will coordinate with the governors of California and Washington on a West Coast economic reopening.

Stay at home until 7/6/2020.

Pennsylvania

On March 23, 2020 an order issued by the Governor restricting the continued operation of all non-essential businesses in the state became effective.The provision that includes landscape service is: “Administrative Support & Services – Services to Buildings and Dwellings” - Includes Landscape services

List of Essential Businesses: https://s24526.pcdn.co/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/20200319-Life-Sustaining-Business-1.pdf

The Order: https://www.governor.pa.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/2020.3.20-TWW-amendment-to-COVID-19-business-closure-order.pdf

Governor Tom Wolf announced a phased reopening set to begin on May 8.

Stay-at-home orders expected to be lifted starting May 8.

Stay at home until 5/8/2020; Partial reopening beginning 5/1/2020.

Rhode Island

On March 28, 2020, the governor issued an Executive Order requiring residents to stay at home, restricting gatherings, closing businesses to in-person operations and further quarantine provisions. The Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation issued a list of critical and non-critical businesses.

The order applies only to retail businesses, thus, wholesale operations and food production — farming, fishing, aquaculture — and other non-retail operations are not covered by EO 20-13.

The order: http://governor.ri.gov/documents/orders/Executive-Order-20-13.pdf?fbclid=IwAR2HdExQxXBFsz9u6IDwPuI_BMhVAVoNg4L3c7PSniq5tZaCZnfvHWNHRqk

DBR Guidance: https://dbr.ri.gov/documents/DBR_Critical_retail_businesses_list_032820.pdf?fbclid=IwAR2UEex7DoX78GlweJl12IAegbGUcBLisUQAk9eECZuotDxkb29u06fTdTM

Rhode Island Nursery & Landscape Association guidance: https://rinla.org/march-30-update-to-rinla-members-re-covid-19/

Governor Gina Raimondo announced in a press conference April 21 the stay-at-home order would be extended to May 8.

South Carolina

On March 25. 2020 the City of Charleston enacted a stay at home ordinance, urging residents to limit travel unless necessary.  The ordinance exempts a large number of businesses currently operating with diminished staffing: grocery stores, health care facilities, utility companies, restaurants and bars that are using carry out or delivery, liquor stores, banks, construction, hardware stores, homeless shelters and news outlets, among others, are allowed to stay open.

City specific information can be found here: https://www.charleston-sc.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=801 

On April 2, 2020, the governor issued an executive order closing nonessential businesses.  The order explicitly listed those businesses that were to close, landscape services not being one of them.

The order: https://governor.sc.gov/sites/default/files/Documents/Executive-Orders/2020-03-31%20eFILED%20Executive%20Order%20No.%202020-17%20-%20Closure%20of%20Non-Essential%20Businesses.pdf

On April 6, 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 for the duration of the State of Emergency.

South Carolina 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.

Order: https://governor.sc.gov/sites/default/files/Documents/Executive-Orders/2020-04-06%20eFILED%20Executive%20Order%20No.%202020-21%20-%20Stay%20at%20Home%20or%20Work%20Order.pdf

Governor Henry McMaster extended a state of emergency by 15 days, which includes a stay-at-home order that was set to expire on April 27.

“State of Emergency” executive order extended until May 12. Governor Henry McMaster allowed the reopening of many retail stores (department stores, home furnishings, sporting goods, clothing) on April 20 and beaches on  April 21.

Partial reopening 4/20/2020.

South Dakota

To date, no state order is in place that would impact landscape professionals.

South Dakota does not have a stay-at-home order.

Tennessee

On March 23, 2020 an order issued by the Governor restricting mass gatherings, closing certain retail and in person service businesses and call for all other businesses to utilize alternative business models.  The order will be in effect until April 6, 2020.  The order does not restrict the landscape industry

The Order - https://www.tn.gov/governor/news/2020/3/22/gov--bill-lee-signs-executive-order-mandating-alternative-business-models-for-restaurants-and-gyms--lifts-alcohol-regulations.html

On March 30, the governor issued an Executive Order directing residents to stay at home unless engaged in essential activities and closing non essential businesses while leaving previous Executive Orders 17 and 21 in full effect.

The provision that affects landscape services is Attachment A, Section 1:

“Personnel identified on pages 5-15 of the Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response issued by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) of the United States Department of Homeland Security, available here.

The Order:
https://publications.tnsosfiles.com/pub/execorders/exec-orders-lee22.pdf

Governor Bill Lee said the state’s stay-at-home order would expire on April 30.

Texas

On March 31, 2020, an order issued by the Governor restricting the continued operation of all non-essential businesses in the state became effective. The order is currently set to expire on April 30, 2020.

Texas 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.

Order: https://gov.texas.gov/uploads/files/press/EO-GA-14_Statewide_Essential_Service_and_Activity_COVID-19_IMAGE_03-31-2020.pdf

City of Austin

On March 24, 2020 the Mayor issued a Stay Home – Work Safe Order.  In support of that order, the city issued guidance for the construction industry outlining critical infrastructure definitions and ordering businesses outside of those definitions to close.
The order does not include reference to landscaping as a critical infrastructure.

The order:
https://www.tnlaonline.org/uploads/7/7/5/3/77532106/construction-guidance-stay-home-order-03-24-20.pdf?utm_source=REGION+8+TRAVIS+COUNTY+MEMBER+UPDATE&utm_campaign=3a810ce026-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_11_16_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_2c1eff60c6-3a810ce026-48723812

The state's stay-at-home order will end April 30, however on April 24, some nonessential businesses were allowed to open for "to-go" services and parks and beaches opened with restrictions. On May 1, the state will enter Phase 1, meaning retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters, malls and museums and libraries will be allowed to operate at 25% capacity. However in rural counties with few cases, businesses can operate at 50% capacity. The target date for Phase 2 is May 18.

All Texans ordered to stay home through April 30.

Partial reopening beginning 5/1/2020.

Utah

To date, no state order is in place that would impact landscape professionals.

The state does not have a stay-at-home order.

No stay-at-home order. “Stay Safe, Stay Home” campaign extended through May 1. Schools will be closed for the remainder of the school year.

Partial reopening 5/1/2020.

Vermont

On March 24, 2020 an order issued by the Governor restricting the continued operation of all non-essential businesses in the state became effective.  The order will be in effect until April 15, 2020.

The provision that includes landscape service is:
other building and property services for the safety, sanitation and operations of residences or other businesses. 

The order:
https://governor.vermont.gov/sites/scott/files/documents/ADDENDUM%206%20TO%20EXECUTIVE%20ORDER%2001-20.pdf

Governor Phil Scott extended the stay-at-home order until May 15.

“Stay Home, Stay Safe” order  extended until May 15.

Partial reopening beginning 5/20/2020.

Virginia

On March 30, 2020, the governor issued an Executive Order entitled Temporary Stay At Home Order Due To Novel Coronavirus. This new executive order continues to allow lawn, landscape and golf operations to operate.  The Virginia Agribusiness Council advises: “Executive Order 55 does not change the requirements for green industry.  The order does exempt individuals traveling to and from work and the closures of business still only apply to those businesses that were required to be closed by Executive Order 53 issued last week.  This means that all agriculture and forestry industries would be deemed essential.  Garden centers selling lawn and garden equipment and home improvement equipment are essential as well.  Golf courses are allowed to remain open as outdoor recreation as long as they do not allow groups to congregate of 10 or more.”

The order:  https://www.governor.virginia.gov/media/governorvirginiagov/executive-actions/EO-55-Temporary-Stay-at-Home-Order-Due-to-Novel-Coronavirus-(COVID-19).pdf

On March 24, 2020 an order issued by the Governor restricting the continued operation of some retail non-essential businesses in the state became effective.  The order will remain in effect until April 23, 2020.

The order focuses on retail and does not restrict the landscape industry but does include the following: Professional businesses not listed above must utilize telework as much as possible. Where telework is not feasible, such businesses must adhere to social distancing recommendations, enhanced sanitizing procedures, and apply relevant workplace guidance from state and federal authorities, including  and the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry.

The Order: https://www.governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/all-releases/2020/march/headline-855292-en.html

Governor Ralph Northam extended the stay-at-home order until May 15.

Stay at home until 6/10/2020.

Washington

On March 31, the governor released a guidance bulletin to accompany Proclamation 2-25

The provision that includes landscape service is: “Outdoor maintenance, including vegetation, is deemed essential only when necessary to prevent spoliation, avoid imminent damage, or address emergency repairs.”

The Bulletin: https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/Guidance%20Bulletin%20-%20Proclamation%2020-25%2C%2003.31.2020.pdf?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

On March 23, 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 6, 2020.

Washington 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 provision that includes landscape services is: Workers such as plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences”

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.

Click here to read a memorandum from Governor Jay Inslee. 

The Order: https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/proclamations/20-25%20Coronovirus%20Stay%20Safe-Stay%20Healthy%20%28tmp%29%20%28002%29.pdf

Governor Jay Inslee released a plan to reopen businesses no earlier than May 4 on contingencies of a slowing of the spread of the virus.

With the exception of construction and interiorscaping, landscape is fully open in Washington. Seasonal color and plant installations are allowed under these requirements.

Washington State Department of Labor and Industries has created a guidance document that provides requirements for crews based on thresholds for traveling in vehicles and ability to site social distance. 

LINK: https://www.lni.wa.gov/agency/_docs/wacoronavirushazardconsiderationsemployers.pdf

Stay at home until 5/30/2020; Partial reopening beginning 5/5/2020.

West Virginia

On March 24, 2020 an order issued by the Governor restricting the continued operation of all non-essential businesses in the state became effective. 

The provision that includes landscape services is:

Critical trades – Building and Construction Tradesmen and Tradeswomen and other trades including but not limited to  plumbers, electricians, exterminators cleaning, and janitorial staff for commercial and governmental properties, security staff and operating engineers, HVAC, painting, moving and relocation services and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operation of residences, essential activities and essential businesses and operations.

The Order: https://www.wboy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2020/03/SKM_C45820032314020.pdf

The state's stay-at-home order is in place indefinitely.

Partial reopening beginning 4/30/2020.

Wisconsin

On March 24,2020, the governor issued an Emergency Order effective March 25, 2020. The order requires residents to stay at home unless performing essential activities, functions, operations, travel and special situations as outlined in the order.

The provision that includes landscape services is Section 13(a)

Any business or worker identified in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response, updated March 23, 2020, and any subsequent versions of this Memorandum.

The order: https://evers.wi.gov/Documents/COVID19/EMO12-SaferAtHome.pdf

Governor Tony Evers announced the state's stay-at-home order was extended to May 26.

Stay at home until 5/20/2020. Partial reopening beginning 5/1/2020.

Wyoming

To date, no state order is in place that would impact landscape professionals

The state does not have a stay-at-home order.

No stay-at-home order. Through April 30, schools are closed, gatherings of 10 or more people in a confined space are prohibited, and bars, restaurants and some personal-service businesses are closed. Anyone entering the state except for essential work must quarantine for 14 days.

Partial reopening beginning 5/1/2020.