Governor Issues Stay-at-Home Order
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Governor Issues Stay-at-Home Order
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine issued a stay-at-home order on Sunday to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It will go into effect on Monday, March 23 at 11:59 pm. All non-essential businesses should close at that time so their employees can stay home.
The Ohio Turfgrass Foundation, Ohio Lawn Care Association and the Ohio Sports Turf Managers Association has sought additional guidance as to whether lawn care, golf course maintenance, sports turf maintenance and sod farms can be considered essential businesses under the Governor’s stay-at-home executive order to stop the spread of COVID-19.
The Ohio Department of Health stated: “The Governor and Director of Health want to promote and protect the health of Ohioans. While, the Governor’s and Director’s Orders establish the spirit and parameters of Ohio’s response, it is impossible to anticipate all situations or provide individual responses to all questions. Businesses need to use their best judgment and make a good-faith decision based on the executive order. These are complex times and it is important that we all take measures to flatten the curve.”
An official within the Governor’s office stated that if a business is adhering to the spirit of the order (aka social/physical distancing) and the job does not cause the possible spread of the virus and all safety precautions are taking place to not spread the virus, the work can still be done.
Below are the bullet points within Section 12 of the executive order that the turfgrass could possibly fall under to be considered essential:
c. Food, beverage, and licensed marijuana production and agriculture. Food and beverage manufacturing, production, processing, and cultivation, including farming, livestock, fishing, baking, and other production agriculture, including cultivation, marketing, production, and distribution of animals and goods for consumption; licensed medical marijuana use, medical marijuana dispensaries and licensed medical marijuana cultivation centers; and businesses that provide food, shelter, and other necessities of life for animals, including animal shelters, rescues, shelters, kennels, and adoption facilities;
k. Critical trades. Building and Construction Tradesmen and Tradeswomen, and other trades including but not limited to plumbers, electricians, exterminators, cleaning and janitorial staff for commercial and governmental properties, security staff, operating engineers, HVAC, painting, moving and relocation services, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, Essential Activities, and Essential Businesses and Operations;
v. Manufacture, distribution, and supply chain for critical products and industries. Manufacturing companies, distributors, and supply chain companies producing and supplying essential products and services in and for industries such as pharmaceutical, technology, biotechnology, healthcare, chemicals and sanitization, waste pickup and disposal, agriculture, food and beverage, transportation, energy, steel and steel products, petroleum and fuel, mining, construction, national defense, communications, as well as products used by other Essential Businesses and Operations.
Please be familiar with these sections of the Executive Order in case you are asked.
As we often state, the Turfgrass that we manage has many benefits to our overall well being. Turfgrass collects pollutants, controls erosion, creates oxygen, reduces fire hazards, reduces problematic insects such as fleas and ticks, and more.
The full executive order can be viewed at https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/OHOOD/2020/03/22/file_attachments/1407840/Stay%20Home%20Order.pdf.