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PLNA Update on COVID-19 for PA Landscape Services

Updated Monday, May 4, 2020 at 4:00 pm

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

Any decision to continue operating is at the sole discretion of the business owner. Remember the goal of the Governor’s directive – to minimize the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 in our communities. Please make your business decision based on what is best for your employees, customers and suppliers health.

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.  Please refer to PLNA's suggested Best Management Practices for Landscape Services businesses here.  Also, please visit our Coronavirus Resources page for additional guidance through links, webinars and downloadable posters.

 


Secretary Levine's Safety Measure Order issued April 15, 2020

On Wednesday, April 15, 2020, Dr. Rachel Levine, Secretary of the PA Department of Health issued an order directing Public Health Safety Measures for Businesses Permitted to Maintain In-person Operations effective 8:00 pm on Sunday, April 19, 2020.

PLNA has reviewed the order and we have learned that there was clarification provided by Nate Wardle, press secretary for the Department of Health. The order applies to businesses where employees are interacting with the public. Mr. Wardle said life-sustaining businesses not directly serving the public should take proper precautions to protect themselves but are not required to follow the new guidelines.

If you have retail/wholesale sales operations and are dealing face-to-face with customers, you MUST follow the guidelines in those situations.

PLNA realizes that many of its members conduct business in many instances where they are not interacting with the public such as growers and landscape contractors. However, when your employees are interacting with the public it is important to follow the new guidelines. It is difficult to outline the all the possibilities of interacting with the public for the different sectors of our members, so please use your best judgement in setting protocols for your employees. And, if anyone wants to wear a mask all the time, they certainly can.

Suggested protocols:

Everyone should have a mask or bandana with them at all times while on the clock;

The masks should be worn in any public or social setting including but not limited to:
• Face-to-face client interaction
• Face-to-face vendor/supplier interaction
• Any interaction with people outside of the normal work environment if they are in company logowear/uniform (getting gas, picking up lunch, etc.)
• When a project requires an employee to be closer than 6 feet to another worker (e.g. setting a tree ball in a hole)
• In common spaces within the offices/buildings (restrooms, copier, break rooms, supply areas)

Implement daily all-hands communications within company to inform, educate and reinforce SOPs, BMPs and possible next steps;

Train crew personnel to be able to respond to questions from the public in a professional manner;

 Enforce cleaning and sanitation protocols for all common spaces including trucks and equipment;

Stagger crew start times to minimize congregation at office/shop locations;

Limit crews to 1 person per truck and have all other crew personnel drive directly to jobsite;

Assign one truck to one crew and do not rotate so as to limit the number of persons with access to truck/equipment;

Minimize use of shared equipment and tools;

Wear gloves as much as possible removing only to eat, drink, or touch your face.

Governor Wolf's "Stay at Home" Order as of April 1, 2020   5:30 pm

At this time, per Governor's directives, Landscaping Services are deemed essential/life sustaining and you may continue to operate during the Stay At Home order

Governor Wolf's "Stay At Home" Order was effective statewide effective 8:00 pm, April 1, 2020

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 essential/life-sustaining business activities.

Click here for the order

Any additional clarification will be updated and communicated as soon as possible. Keep checking PLNA.com for additional updates.

 


Landscape Services Deemed Essential/Life-Sustaining  as of March 24, 2020   4:00 pm

Based on the Governor’s list which falls in line with NAICS codes, Landscape Services falls into the following category (page 4 of the Governor’s List):

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

This category is deemed ESSENTIAL and here is that definition -

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.

Services included in this definition are as follows:

Arborist Services, cemetery plot care services, fertilizing lawns, garden maintenance services, hydroseeding services, interior landscaping services, landscape care and maintenance services, landscape contractors, landscape installation services, landscaping services, lawn care services (e.g. fertilizing, mowing, seeding, spraying), lawn fertilizing services, lawn maintenance services, lawn mowing services, lawn mulching services, lawn seeding services, lawn spraying services, rights of way maintenance services, maintenance of plants and shrubs in buildings, mowing services, ornamental tree and shrub services, plan and shrub maintenance in buildings, plant maintenance services, pruning services (ornamental tree and shrub), seeding lawns, shrub services (bracing, planting, pruning, removal, spraying surgery, trimming), sod laying services, spraying lawns, tree and brush trimming (overhead utility line), tree prun

ing services, tree removal services, tree services (bracing, planting, pruning, removal, spraying, surgery, trimming), tree surgery services, tree trimming services, tropical plant maintenance services, turf installation services (except artificial), wee control and fertilizing services.

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

 


Best Management Practices for Landscape Services

The Landscape industry is in the public eye, please do your part and ensure your employees are following the CDC guidelines and best practices.  We want to keep operating AND stop the spread of COVID-19. 

If you choose to continue to provide services, please follow these BMP’s (Best Management Practices) along with any other procedures you have put in place:

  • Contact and get permission from clients to be serviced- preferably in a documented format such as email or other time/date stamped electronic communication
  • Implement daily all-hands communications within company to inform, educate and reinforce SOPs, BMPs and possible next steps
  • Relax attendance policies to allow any employee who is uncomfortable working to stay home and use PTO or apply for UC
  • Train crew personnel to be able to respond to questions from the public in a professional manner
  • Enforce cleaning and sanitation protocols for all common spaces including trucks and equipment
  • Stagger crew start times to minimize congregation at office/shop locations
  • Limit crews to 1 person per truck and have all other crew personnel drive directly to jobsite
  • Assign one truck to one crew and do not rotate
  • Minimize use of shared equipment and tools
  • Wear gloves as much as possible removing only to eat, drink, or touch your face
  • If you must work in close proximity to another for a short period of time (i.e. lifting a tree ball into a hole) wear a face mask
  • Be prepared to shutdown at any moment

  Stay safe and stay healthy!!



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