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WSNLA Update: Guidance on Landscape Services

Monday, March 30, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Breanne Chavez
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Thank you for your patience as WSNLA requested clarification from The Governor's Office that landscape services is an approved essential business. Based on the clarification received by members, including WSNLA Board of Directors, below, please find further information to help guide your landscape business moving forward.

WSNLA will continue to monitor this situation. 
Please watch for further updates and resources as they are known.


Breanne Chavez

WSNLA Executive Director
Growing the Success Of Our Members

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Commercial and residential construction are not authorized as essential under the Governor’s proclamation, this is inclusive of landscape construction.The only exception is for emergency repairs or to prevent spoliation and avoid damage or unsafe conditions, this also applies to current jobsites that are needing to be shored up to a safe status, or to avoid damage.All activity must meet social distancing, worker protection, and appropriate health screenings before proceeding.

Non essential businesses are allowed minimum basic operations, as described in (3)(d) of the Proclamation.

Section 3 (d) For purposes of this Proclamation,minimum basic operations are the minimum activities necessary to maintain the value of the business’ inventory, preserve the condition of the business’ physical plant and equipment, ensure security, process payroll and employee benefits, facilitate employees of the business being able to continue to work remotely from their residences, and related functions.

Landscape Maintenance

Per communication from The Governor’s Office, commercial and residential landscape maintenance is essential, but only to the extent necessary to prevent imminent damage or spoliation of hardscape or greenery. Routine maintenance is not permitted.


Therefore, the basic necessary functions to keep the landscape healthy are allowed. This is inclusive of lawn care, integrated pest management. ensuring plant health and success, irrigation start up/repair, clearing pathways and ensuring safe access to and from buildings, and the cultivation and maintenance of food grown at home.

This designation could change in the future if further restrictions are required. Please be mindful in maintaining this designation and adhere to required the guidelines for social distancing and sanitation.As a reminder, the Governor has stated that businesses continuing to operate are required to designate an individual to create a comprehensive plan to address public health requirements. WSNLA is compiling a list of suggested best practices for businesses to use. This plan must be communicated to employees and customers.Your social distancing & sanitation measures must adhere to:



Landscape Design
Per the Governor’s Proclamation, if you are a single owner business with no in-person, on-site public interaction, your business is exempt and is allowed to provide services so long as proper social distancing and sanitation measures are established.

See language below:

This Proclamation shall not be construed to prohibit working from home,operating a single owner business with no in-person, on-site public interaction,or restaurants and food services providing delivery or take-away services,so long as proper social distancing and sanitation measures are established and implemented.



Per theGovernor’s Proclamation:


  • No business pass or credentialing program applies to any activities or operations under this Proclamation.
  • Violators of this order may be subject to criminal penalties pursuant to RCW 43.06.220(5).


Some businesses are providing documentation to their traveling staff as a preventative measure. It is up to individual businesses to provide this documentation for their staff.



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