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Governor Wolf Denies PLNA Exemption Request for Garden Centers

Monday, May 4, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Cathy Corrigan
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At 5:11 PM Friday, PLNA received an email denying our request for a blanket exemption for garden centers under the Governor's Executive Order of March 19 and, in addition, shut down all big box garden departments as well.
PLNA is continuing to fight this, but we need you help! Continue to call your legislators and the Governor's office as we requested in our emails to you this week. Your voice matters!
Also, contact your local newspapers, television stations and other media outlets and tell them your story and invite them to your garden center. Use the talking points we provided earlier this week by email. If you have any questions over the weekend, please call Gregg Robertson at 717.238.2033 or by replying to this email.
Below is the denial and further clarification restricting the activities of garden centers not having an individual exemption.
By Executive Order dated March 19, 2020, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Levine ordered that no person or entity shall operate a place of business that is not a life sustaining businesses. Further clarification has been made related to the lawn and garden centers in Pennsylvania. More information can be found in the Life Sustaining Business FAQ (#36).
Specifically, all lawn and garden centers are not authorized to maintain in-person operations. 
  • This prohibition applies to independent lawn and garden centers and those attached to large retail chains. DCED sent letters to large retail chains providing this clarification.
  • This prohibition does not apply to establishments primarily engaged in retailing farm supplies, such as animal feed. 
  • Online orders and delivery of those orders are not prohibited, including for lawn and garden centers that did not apply for or were denied a waiver. 
  • Curbside pickup is prohibited for businesses without a waiver, as they do not qualify for in-person operations under the Governor’s Order.
Reports of non-life sustaining businesses operating in violation of the Governor’s Order should be reported to the non-emergency line for local law enforcement.

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