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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
- We offer 24 /7 ordering flexibility straight from your home or office through the Aquarius Supply Webstore.
- 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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