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COVID-19 Updates

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State of Delaware Update Making Face Masks Mandatory 

All businesses are required to do the following no later than May 1, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.: provide employees with a face covering to wear while working in areas open to the general
public and areas in which coming within 6 feet of other staff are likely.

Businesses must provide, at their expense, such face coverings as well as hand sanitizer for their employees.

All employees are strongly encouraged to fashion personal face coverings per the CDC guidelines, below, until their employer provides a face covering. If a customer refuses to wear a face covering for non-medical reasons and if such covering cannot be provided to the individual by the business at the point of entry, then the business must decline entry to the individual, unless the business is providing medication, medical supplies, or food, in which case the business policy should provide alternate methods of pickup and/or delivery of such goods (e.g. bringing the medication to the customer in a parking lot). If an individual declines to wear a face covering on store premises due to a medical condition that inhibits such usage, neither the essential retail business nor its staff shall require the individual to produce medical documentation verifying the stated condition.

Businesses shall take steps to remind customers to wear face coverings by (a) posting the requirement at the entrance of the business, and (b) posting clearly visible signs inside the store to remind customers of the requirement to wear the face covering at all times when in the business.

Single-use face coverings shall be properly discarded in trash receptacles. It is recommended that all reusable face coverings be cleaned frequently (at least once per day).

A video showing how to make a face covering and additional information about how to wear and clean face coverings may be found at the website of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html 

 

IANJ Update from the Board of Directors

IRRIGATION WORK REMAINS "ESSENTIAL"

We received confirmation from the governor's office that irrigation now falls under "utility" rather than construction - so we are good to go, and do NOT need to halt new projects.

ADDITIONAL MANDATORY SAFETY REQUIREMENTS: 

  • Prohibit non-essential visitors from entering the worksite:
    • Limit worksite meetings, inductions, and work groups to groups of fewer than ten individuals
      • Exception: Ongoing projects involving single family homes or apartment units where an individual already resides must be limited to five workers maximum
    • Require individuals to maintain six feet or more distance between them wherever possible
    • Stagger work start and stop times where practicable to limit the number of individuals entering and leaving the worksite concurrently
    • Stagger lunch breaks and work times where practicable to enable operations to safely continue while utilizing the least number of individuals possible at the site
    • Restrict the number of individuals who can access common areas, such as restrooms and break rooms, concurrently
    • Require workers to wear cloth face coverings, in accordance with CDC recommendations, while on the premises, except where doing so would inhibit the individual's health, and require workers to wear gloves while on the premises
    • Businesses must provide, at their expense, such face coverings and gloves for their employees
      • If a visitor refuses to wear a cloth face covering for non-medical reasons and if such covering cannot be provided to the individual by the business at the point of entry, then businesses must decline entry to the individual
      • Nothing in the stated policy should prevent workers or visitors from wearing a surgical-grade mask or other more protective face covering if the individual is already in possession of such equipment, or if the businesses is otherwise required to provide such worker with more protective equipment due to the nature of the work involved
      • Where an individual declines to wear a face covering on the premises due to a medical condition that inhibits such usage, neither the business nor its staff shall require the individual shall produce medical documentation verifying the stated condition
  • Require infection control practices, such as regular hand washing, coughing and sneezing etiquette, and proper tissue usage and disposal
  • Limit sharing of tools, equipment, and machinery
  • Provide sanitization materials, such as hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes, to workers and visitors

Require frequent sanitization of high-touch areas like restrooms, break rooms, equipment, and machinery

ALL safety precautions and social distancing guidelines, as further outlined in Executive Order #122. Must be followed at all times.

 

NJ Executive Order Details You Need to Know

The NJLCA has received the following clarification from the Governor's Office on Executive Order 122 regarding non-essential construction.

  • Maintenance including cutting grass, weed wacking and leaf blowing (including cleanups) - OK to continue
  • Install patios, walkways, pools, etc – NOT PERMITTED, unless project has begun before Friday at 8:00 pm or there is an emergency fix to the front walkway
  • Install plantings, including flowers and shrubs – OK to continue
  • Install irrigation systems – NOT PERMITTED, unless project has begun before Friday at 8:00 pm. System startups and emergency repairs are permitted.
  • Perform pruning and trimming - OK
  • Provide weed and pest control services - OK
  • Put down mulch or top dress - OK
  • Install sod or seed lawns – OK (however, note that irrigation systems cannot be installed, so this would be at the discretion of the company if they can properly irrigate).

In addition, there is a limit of 5 crew members on site at all times. Masks (or some type of facial covering) and gloves must be worn and provided by company to employees. Start times and lunch times should be staggered to avoid employees having close contact. Previous social distancing rules still apply. Must keep six feet apart at all times except when they must do something together.

It is extremely important to follow these rules so as to not lead to disruption in the industry. Do your part and show your professionalism! You may also review the information provided by the NJ Department of Agriculture here.

Read the latest Executive Order here

 

DNLA Update on the Delaware Landscaping Industry

As of March 23, 2020, 5:00 pm

As you know, last night (Sunday) Governor John Carney issued the fourth and fifth modifications to his State of Emergency declaration, ordering Delawareans to stay at home whenever possible and closing all non-essential businesses in Delaware to help fight the spread of COVID-19.

The orders go into effect at 8:00 am on Tuesday, March 24, 2020.  They will remain in effect until May 15 or until the public health threat is eliminated. 

Should you choose to continue to operate, we suggest that you relax attendance policies to allow any employee who is uncomfortable working to stay home and use PTO or apply for UC.  

DLNA’s responsibility is to advocate for its members and to provide clarification of the state laws and directives. 

The DNLA HAS clarified with the DE Department of Agriculture that what you received last night, and shown below, is accurate. They are based on the NAIC codes businesses can find on their most recent tax return.

Landscapers would fall under NAIC code 5617 and has been deemed ESSENTIAL

(page 7 of the attached Governor’s list):

  • 1) Professional and Business Services
  • a) Admin and Support Services
  • i) Services to Buildings and Dwellings

Sector 56 -- Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation ServicesT

5617 Services to Buildings and DwellingsT

This industry group comprises establishments primarily engaged in one of the following: (1) exterminating and pest control services; (2) janitorial services; (3) landscaping services; (4) carpet and upholstery cleaning services; or (5) other services to buildings and dwellings.

561730 Landscaping Services

This industry comprises (1) establishments primarily engaged in providing landscape care and maintenance services and/or installing trees, shrubs, plants, lawns, or gardens and (2) establishments primarily engaged in providing these services along with the design of landscape plans and/or the construction (i.e., installation) of walkways, retaining walls, decks, fences, ponds, and similar structures.

Source: https://www.naics.com/naics-code-description/?code=561730

Retail Garden Centers falls under NAIC code 441 and has been deemed ESSENTIAL

(page 4 of the attached Governor’s list):

  • Retail Trades
  • a) Building Material, Garden Equipment & Supplies Dealers
  • i) Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores

4442 Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores

This industry group comprises establishments primarily engaged in retailing new lawn and garden equipment and supplies.

Source: https://www.naics.com/naics-code-description/?code=444210

444220 Nursery, Garden Center, and Farm Supply Stores

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in retailing nursery and garden products, such as trees, shrubs, plants, seeds, bulbs, and sod, that are predominantly grown elsewhere. These establishments may sell a limited amount of a product they grow themselves. Also included in this industry are establishments primarily engaged in retailing farm supplies, such as animal (except pet) feed.

Source: https://www.naics.com/naics-code-description/?code=444220

Additional clarification will be updated and communicated as needed on DNLA.org

 

NJLCA Update on the New Jersey Landscaping Industry

Please make your business decision based on what is best for your employees, customers and supplier’s health. As of this afternoon, we have received word from the Governor's Chief of Staff and a local Senator, that landscaping can continue but must practice social distancing.

Please understand that this is not by any means a permission slip from the NJLCA to continue work, however we will continually monitor the situation and notify you when we receive additional official information. In the meantime, we ask that you remain safe. If you plan to continue operations, you must practice social distancing (i.e. one person per truck and have others meet at the site, keep a 6’ minimum distance between employees at all times, do not lunch together, wash hands well and often. See this one sheet guide to help you. We at the NJLCA want to see everyone safe and well when this is over. We're right there with you, facing new challenges and persevering to overcome obstacles, one day at a time. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to give us a call or an email. But we will get through this together. Be safe, friends. Thank you for your support and trust in us, as we trust and support you!

Sincerely,

Gail Woolcott, Executive Director
Nelson Lee, President
Richard Goldstein, Vice President
New Jersey Landscape Contractors Association

 

PLNA Update on the Pennsylvania Landscaping Industry

Governor Wolf issued a "Stay At Home" Order to seven counties including Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Monroe, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.

The order provides a list of allowable individual activities and allowable essential travel. It also list operations that are exempt from this order and that list of exemptions includes previously determined life-sustaining business activities.

Click here for the order

At this time, per PLNA's earlier clarifications of the Governor's directives, the following businesses are deemed essential: 

• Landscape Services
• Greenhouse, Nursery and Floriculture Production

PLNA has submitted for an exemption for Retail Garden Centers. You can see that request here. Once we have a response to this request, we will notify our members ASAP.

Click here for full article.

 
 

Aquarius Supply Operations Update

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As the Covid-19 virus continues to impact our local communities, we want to personally update you on the steps we have taken to ensure business continuity:

  • Our branches will remain OPEN during normal business hours, fulfilling orders at full capacity and practicing social distancing while continuing to provide exceptional service during contractor consultations & transactions. 
  • If you like, you can also contact your Account and Branch Mangers via phone, text, fax or email with any order or support you need.
  • Online Meeting Spaces are available through our staff as an option if necessary.
  • We will continue to deliver material to your business or site with our drivers exercising proper social distancing. 
  • We can also arrange material pick-up outside our branch facilities.
  • Our manufacturer supply chain has remained uninterrupted and we have sufficient stock in our inventories throughout all our locations.

Please contact us with any questions or concerns you may have regarding the risk minimization measures we have developed. 

We will be adhering to any further directives that come forth from the CDC and Local or State authorities.  

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