Federal Response, which MD and VA follow:
On March 28, 2020 the Department of Homeland Security updated the national Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response to indicate which businesses the Federal Government has determined are critical and essential and should remain in operation. The list specifically enumerates the landscape industry, which includes all aspects of landscape services including landscape maintenance, lawn care, irrigation and treecare.“Workers such as plumbers, electricians, exterminators, builders, contractors, HVAC Technicians, landscapers, 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, senior living facilities,any temporary construction required to support COVID-19 response.”
On Monday, March 30, Governor Northam announced Executive Order (#55) which is a Temporary Stay at Home Order Due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The previous Executive Order (#53) allowed lawn, landscapes, and golf operations to operate. Executive Order #55 continues that allowance:
- All public and private in-person gatherings of more than ten individuals are prohibited. This includes parties, celebrations, religious, or other social events, whether they occur indoor or outdoor. This restriction does not apply: a. To the operation of businesses not required to close to the public under Executive Order 53;
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (page 10): https://www.cisa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/CISA_Guidance_on_the_Essential_Critical_Infrastructure_Workforce_Version_2.0_Updated.pdf
Which references Executive Order 53: https://www.governor.virginia.gov/media/governorvirginiagov/executive-actions/EO-53-Temporary-Restrictions-Due-To-Novel-Coronavirus-(COVID-19).pdf
National Association of Landscape Professionals: