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Phase I Landscape Industry Requirements Released

Friday, May 8, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Breanne Chavez
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May 8, 2020

Phase 1 Landscape Industry COVID-19
Requirements Released

This evening, the Governor released Phase 1 Landscape Industry COVID-19 Requirements providing guidance for landscape businesses, including gardening, lawn care, design, greenery and hardscape maintenance, and arboriculture, and other substantially similar activities, to safely operate.  

Landscape services and outdoor maintenance” does not extend to outdoor construction, which is covered by the Governor’s April 29, 2020, memorandum entitled Implementation of Phase 1 Construction Restart – Proclamation 20-25. Indoor landscape services and maintenance, including interiorscaping will be covered in Phase 2. However, WSNLA will continue to advocate for sooner. 

Click here to download the Landscape Industry COVID-19 Requirements
Memo -  criteria for resuming landscape services & outdoor maintenance
under Phase 1 and is effective as of May 8, 2020


No landscape services businesses may operate until they can meet and maintain all the requirements in this document, including providing materials, schedules and equipment required to comply. Currently operating landscape service and outdoor maintenance professionals must be in compliance no later than May 15, 2020.  Moving forward, it is expected that businesses independently implement requirements. There will be no agency approval to release.

All businesses in landscape services have a general obligation to keep a safe and healthy facility in accordance with state and federal law, and comply with the following COVID-19 worksite-specific safety practices, as outlined in Governor Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” Proclamation 20-25, and in accordance with the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries General Requirements and Prevention Ideas for Workplaces and the Washington State Department of Health Workplace and Employer Resources & Recommendations at


Additional Resources. Below please find resources to help guide your COVID-19 Safety Plan development:

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