Let Minnesota Lawn Care and Landscape Contractors Work!

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Landscape contractors and lawn care companies are currently not included on the governor's list of essential services during the Stay at Home Order except when in an emergency situation. 

As long as we follow the CDC guidelines for social distancing, we are one of the few industries that can claim a safe work environment, working outdoors and easily able to maintain safe distances between employees. The landscape industry has the best chance of any industry to NOT affect the public.  We work outdoors. Our employee demographic is one that has less adverse symptoms with COVID-19.  We can provide hand sanitizer for each of our crews.  We have provided a way to sanitize tools.  All employees can drive separately.  There are no tandem mowers, shovels, machines, etc.  Distancing our employees is easy, both from each other and clients. 

Our clients are not simply wealthy people who do not want to do the work themselves.  Some are elderly, many who do not have the strength or equipment to get the job done. Some are medical staff who are exhausted from dealing with this crisis, but many are commercial buildings who depend on us just like any other business.

Under the listing for Critical Trades; it lists the following as essential services:  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. This easily includes our line of work. 

Not only can this help eliminate this large trade asking for more bailout, but with the number of people currently unemployed due to this situation, we can provide much needed employment to thousands, not to mention tax revenue for the state. We are men and women that care about our state and our local communities.  This is a gross oversight on the part of the State of Minnesota and we hope this is corrected immediately. Let landscapers help keep Minnesota economy afloat.