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Education is the backbone of CCLA and we are committed to providing our members with the resources you need to make this important and intelligent decision concerning your business, your employees, your customers and your livelihood.  We will be continue posting information received from state or national organizations or government correspondence on this dedicated page.  A member told me that we, as an industry, will work together to come out of this and I am so thankful for his positive attitude during this time.  

Below is from today's (03/31/2020) update on  Click here to go to

Workers such as plumbers, electricians, exterminators, builders, contractors, HVAC Technicians, landscapers, inspectors 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, health care facilities, senior living facilities, and any temporary construction required to support COVID-19 response.

State by State COVID-19 Guidance

Last Updated on March 24 at 10:15 am

The following information provides updates on current “lockdown” or “shutter in place” order that have been issued by State and Local Governments.  For the landscape industry it extremely important to understand our ability to continue to work in these various states and localities. 
For your reference we have provided the most current information for each state and if there is an order in place we have provided provisions of that order that are the most pertinent to the landscape industry.  This information can be used as a reference for landscape professionals  to confirm whether their services are essential and can continue to conduct business.

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.

Specifically concerning the Department of Homeland Security, Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response in determining which industries are “essential” we believe as an industry we fit within this definition for many reasons detailed in our letter.  We received further clarification from Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Black that the landscape industry is included.

“Georgia is blessed to have an incredibly diverse agricultural sector that includes everything from food producers and processors to landscape and green industries,” Black said. “We encourage local governments and decision makers to consider the central role all these industries and businesses play in our state and local economies as they make key decisions during this response.”


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:

The Order:

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March 20, 2020 3:45 PM | Anonymous

Dear UMass Extension Friends and Stakeholders,

As you are probably aware, operations at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have been significantly reduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to student activities, this also applies to research and the facilities managed by UMass Extension and the Center for Agriculture, Food, and the Environment. Current information on the UMass closure can be found at Current information from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is available at

Current Massachusetts and University policy have the effect of temporarily suspending most of the on-campus services that we provide, including but not limited to:

  • ·          Soil and Plant Nutrient Testing Lab
  • ·          Plant Disease Diagnostics Lab
  • ·          Hot Water Seed Treatment
  • ·          Weed, Insect, Turfgrass, and Invasive Plant Identification
  • ·          Public access to all farm properties

These services will be suspended until at least April 6, 2020. Until further notice, please do not send or deliver samples to the campus, as we cannot process them.

In addition, all in-person UMass Extension events scheduled through April 6 have been canceled or postponed, including the MassAggie workshops. All professional staff are working remotely and are unable to travel for work at this time. We are doing our best to maintain and expand our remote educational services.

We will evaluate and revise our plans as circumstances evolve, and additional cancellations of events scheduled after April 6 are possible. We are also working to identify ways to offer as many services and educational opportunities as possible under these circumstances, and hope to announce new offerings as they are developed. We deeply value all those who partner with us and rely upon us, and will endeavor to continue to support you and achieve our mission to the best of our ability under these challenging circumstances.

At this time, the TickReport Risk Assessment and Passive Surveillance Program, not part of UMass Extension, remains open. Tick samples can continue to be submitted via at this time. Please contact TickReport with further questions and updates on the status of their service. 

If you have home gardening questions, you may continue to send them to .

We realize this is a challenging time for everyone and we thank you for your patience and understanding. Please continue to check UMass Extension’s Landscape, Nursery & Urban Forestry Program ( or the Center for Agriculture, Food, and the Environment ( for more updates and additional contact information for UMass Extension’s other services.

Ellen Weeks
UMass Extension
French Hall
230 Stockbridge Rd
Amherst, MA 01003
tel 413-545-0895
fax 413-577-1620

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