Allow Garden Centers in Minnesota under COVID-19 Protections

Allow Garden Centers in Minnesota under COVID-19 Protections

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Jennifer Buse started this petition to Governor Tim Walz

We are the 100’s of mom & pop garden centers located throughout Minnesota, and as Governor Walz is doing his best to mitigate the damage done by COVID-19. We would request one exception to the “Shelter in place” set in place on 3/25 for the allowance of Garden Centers in Minnesota to be open for the purpose of mental and physical well-being.  We understand the big box stores need to be open to sell hardware, but with them also having the ability to sell plants and us being restricted to have online sales, delivery, and curb side pickup only of our plants, we are asking to be open.

            Gardening is very much a stress buster, gets people outside, gets us physical, helps ease up the demand for veggies, fruits, and herbs from our Minnesota farmers so they can sell to people who can’t grow their own, brings healthy eating, brings the feeling of accomplishment, and with many Minnesotans out of work we need that, helps cut down on grocery budgets, helps bring families together, and so much more.

Most greenhouses and nurseries are in open air areas and have ample room for customers to be social distant. For these garden centers, spring is crucial to our bottom line, so we are doing everything we can to roll with the changing tide and will do the following.

 

·        We not only sell perennials, annuals, & shrubs but a good percentage of our spring sales are Veggies and Herbs to help our customers have Victory Gardens.

·        Limit our sales to our open-air retail space only.

·        Limit the number of customers to keep social distancing

·        Have 1-way isles to keep social distancing

·        We will be keeping our doors open to avoid touching of knobs.

·        We will have hands free credit card payments. 

·        We will wipe down all carts after each use in accordance with CDC standards.

·        We will have special hours for Sr’s and those at a higher risk.

·        We will have our shopping isles wider to accommodate social distancing.

·        We will still offer (some stores free) delivery for those that feel the need to stay home.

·        We will still offer curbside pickup.

 

So, we are asking you the home gardeners to sign, and post this wherever you can so we the Mom & Pop Minnesota Garden Centers can open and serve our communities.

Email your state representative TODAY encouraging them to allow Minnesota Garden Centers to open with COVID-19 precautions in place. Find your rep and their contact info at www.senate.mn/members/index.php

 

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