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WNLA -COVID - 19 UPDATE as of 3/26/2020 URGENT ACTION

Good Afternoon WNLA Members,

The Wisconsin Nursery and Landscape Association has been working non-stop on behalf of the membership and the industry. As of March 24th, we believed that all aspects of the horticulture/landscape community, including garden center, nurseries and landscape companies were deemed “Essential”. However, later that evening the Governor’s office issued a FAQ that specifically stated that Landscape businesses are not considered essential businesses or operations with the caveat that staff can perform minimum basic operations as defined in the order. Since that time, we formed a coalition with the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects as well as the Wisconsin Landscape Contractors Association that sent a request to Governor Evers and key departments requesting and detailing why Landscape professionals were “Essential” businesses. Every state as of yesterday that had an order of stay at home defined Landscape as an “Essential” business. In addition, the full order by the Governor SECTION 13a discusses the CISA List any business or worker identified in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security (CISA) - Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers during COVID-19 has landscape services listed as Essential.

The Governor’s full order can be read by clicking here.

WNLA suggests that you adjust your business accordingly, with responsible and preventative measures for you and your customers. We ask that you are smart about face to face contact and follow the infographics for keeping your workplace and employees safe.

To help spread awareness at your business, to view these, please click here:

Secondly, we encourage you to provide your employee’s a sample of this  letter to tailor and carry with them along the CISA List provided by the US Department of Homeland Security. This is your guideline that your business should abide by until the Governor issues a more favorably representation of landscape.

The last request is that you reach out to your state representative and state senator to contact Governor Evers to provide a consistent message that horticulture/landscape services be deemed “Essential” identical to what is happening with other States (i.e. Illinois, Indiana, New York, Maryland, and Ohio) that have issued stay at home orders. If you don’t know who your state senator or representative click here. It is imperative that you reach out via phone and email, so the message is heard loud and clear, so Governor Evers makes the distinction for the landscape community as a whole.

WNLA understands these are difficult times for you and your family. We encourage you to use best practices and common sense during this time and ultimately the decision to provide services to your customers is yours and only yours to make.

WNLA will continue to be the leading advocacy association for the landscape and nursery professional in Wisconsin.

Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. As a reminder, please practice proper social distancing as recommended by DHS and the CDC. Also, continue to wash your hands regularly with soap and water, avoid touching your face and please stay home if you feel ill.

Sincerely,

Christopher T. Ruditys
WNLA Executive Director
[email protected]
Cell: 414-350-6301