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Green Industry COVID-19 Information


On March 23, 2020 an order issued by the Governor restricting the continued operation of all non-essential businesses in the state became effective.  The order will remain in effect until April 6, 2020. Ohio sites the guidance provided by the Department of Homeland Security, Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response in determining which industries are “essential” and can therefore remain in operation; but Ohio also enhances the list.


The provision that includes lawn care and landscape services is:


12 (K) Critical Trades

Building, construction, and other trades, including, but not limited to, plumbers, electricians, exterminators, operating engineers, cleaning and janitorial staff for commercial and governmental properties, security staff, 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.


In addition, the National Association of Landscape’s position can beread here which identifies the role the landscape industry is playing to protect other essential critical workers while also protecting public health and safety.


What Your Employees Should Carry With Them If Questioned by Local Officials


Additional Resources

The OSU Turf Team:

Maintenance Practices to Focus on in Early Spring in Ohio Based on Course Size and Budget During the COVID-19 Outbreak - for Turf


Top 10 Maintenance Practices to Focus on in Early Spring in Ohio, Based on grounds acreage and budget - for Sportsturf


Top 10 Maintenance Practices to Focus on in Early Spring in Ohio, Based on Grounds Acreage and Budget - for Lawncare 

If your company would like additional legal guidance, please contact Ben Helwig directly with the law firm Frost Brown Todd at 513-870-8215 or

Business Resources

Joint Letter to Governor COVID

CISA Guidance

Ohio Stay At Home Order

Stay at Home FAQ

Schaffer Letter to Governor

Federal Programs

Handout - SBA disaster assistance

Disaster Loan Declaration


Ohio Programs

  • Ohio Development Services Agency (DSA) has requested all Ohio businesses complete this Economic Damage Assessment Survey, designed to help determine economic impacts caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. State government leaders will use the feedback as they develop response plans. 
  •  SharedWork Ohio is a program that provides employers with an alternative to layoffs. The program allows workers to remain employed and employers to retain trained staff during times of reduced business activity. The participating employee works the reduced hours each week, and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) provides eligible individuals an unemployment insurance benefit proportionate to their reduced hours.
  •  Ohio has submitted a request to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for access to Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million for small businesses. The SBA has published general guidance for employers regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, including information on the loan program. Entities impacted by the ongoing health crisis are encouraged to contact DSA at BusinessHelp@Development.Ohio.Gov for assistance.
  •  ODJFS also has a page dedicated to the new unemployment compensation benefits available under the Governor’s recent order. Employers with questions are directed to contact the ODJFS Business Line at: (614) 466-2319, though state officials are strongly encouraging employers to reference the webpage before calling in order to keep call hold times down.
  •  ODJFS also asked Ohio employers planning layoffs or shutdowns as a result of the coronavirus pandemic to share the following mass lay-off number with their employees to speed the processing of unemployment benefits: 200018