In keeping with our intent to provide you with the most up to date, accurate information so you can make important decisions,
CCLA defers to the official information which is posted on the Mass.gov website and will wait for an official notification.
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 mass.gov. Click here to go to mass.gov
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.
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.