REGARDING COVID-19
To Our Members
and Green Industry Professionals across the state of Ohio.
REVISED 4/9/20
As of April 30, 2020 at 11:59 pm, the State of Ohio has replaced its Stay-At-Home Order with a
Stay-Safe-Ohio Order. The new order states that as of May 4, 2020, companies in the
construction trades (as well as distribution, manufacturing, and general offices) can re-open
or continue working, provided they can meet the safety requirements to protect workers and
the public. Business will not be restricted to work deemed as essential only. We believe that
landscaping falls in the construction category. While we recommend that you read the
entire
Stay-Safe-Ohio Order, below are few areas we will bring to your attention.

Section 8 discusses Facial Coverings (Masks).  Masks will be required for workers unless they
have a valid reason to not to wear one - there is a list of exceptions. One of those exceptions
is when workers are working alone in an assigned area. At a minimum, facial coverings
(masks) should be cloth/fabric and cover an individual’s nose, mouth, and chin.

Section 10 states that as of 12:01 am on May 4, 2020, any closed manufacturing, distribution
and construction businesses may reopen, subject to the Sector Specific COVID-19 Information
and Checklist for Businesses/Employers set forth in Section 21 of this Order.

Section 11 states that as of 12:01 am on May 4, 2020, general offices may reopen, subject to
the Sector Specific COVID-19 Information and Checklist for Businesses/Employers set forth in
Section 21 of this Order. The order also encourages businesses to have employees work from
home whenever possible, at the discretion of the employer.

Section 12 states that as of 12:01 am on May 12, 2020, retail establishments may reopen,
subject to the Sector Specific COVID-19 Information and Checklist for Businesses/Employers set
forth in Section 21 of this Order. They may also offer curbside pick-up, or appointment-only
service (limited to 10 customers at a time), as of May 1.

Section 16 discusses social distancing requirements of 6 feet, providing hand sanitizer and
sanitizing products, offering separate hours of operations for vulnerable populations (primarily
for retail clients), and posting hours of operation online when possible.

Section 20 offers suggested ways to handle sick employees, updating your sick leave policies,
and encouraging employees to work at home where possible, as well as enhanced cleaning
practices.

Section 21 listed the requirements for employers to open or remain open. Included are:
  1. Ensure minimum 6 feet between people, if not possible, install barriers;
  2. Employers must perform daily symptom assessment that should include taking
    temperature with a thermometer and monitoring for fever. Also watch for coughing or
    trouble breathing;
  3. Require employees to stay home if symptomatic;
  4. Consider having distributers and guests wear face coverings at all times;
  5. Require regular handwashing;
  6. Stagger or limit arrivals of employees and guests;
  7. Have employees work from home whenever possible;
  8. Daily disinfection of desks and workstations;
  9. Change shift patterns (e.g. fewer shifts);
  10. Stagger lunch and break times;
  11. Daily deep disinfection of high contact surfaces;
  12. Space factory floor to allow for distancing;
  13. Regulate max number of people in cafeterias/common spaces;
  14. Establish maximum capacity;
  15. Immediately isolate and seek medical care for any individual who develops symptoms
    while at work;
  16. Contact the local health district about suspected cases or exposures; and
  17. Shutdown shop/floor for deep sanitation if possible.

Please see recommended Landscape Industry
Best Practices for COVID-19 Operations.

There are also lists of protocols for retail and office environments in Section 21. They are similar
to the above, but include items specific to office environments, or dealing with the public in
retail situations.

We are glad that you can now operate your businesses, albeit with safety restrictions and we
are here to offer support and answer questions.


PLEASE NOTE: The Governor specifically asked that you DO NOT contact your local officials for an
interpretation of the Director's Stay Home Order, as they are being overwhelmed with calls and cannot
conduct business. They did clarify it was up to local law enforcement and local health departments to
enforce the order, you should be prepared to defend your interpretation of essential work during this period
(Thru April 6th, 2020 and beyond, should the current rules be extended) and is subject to change at any time.
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Additional Covid-19 Resources
KEEP OHIO WORKING INITIATIVE
The Ohio Landscape Association - along with
many of it's member companies - is looking for
ways to lessen the burden on those who are out
of work due to COVID-19 mandates. In short;
We
are looking to help find Ohioans displaced by
COVID-19 jobs in the Green Industry.
Find a list of
those companies, or sign up to participate here.

DIRECTOR OF HEALTH STAY SAFE ORDER
Posted May 4th (2020)
Amy Acton, MD, MPH, Director of the Ohio
Department of Health (ODH), pursuant to the
authority granted her in R.C. 3701.13 to "make
special orders ... for preventing the spread of
contagious or infectious diseases" Ordered the
following to prevent the spread of COVID-19 into
the State of Ohio. This is n
ew Stay Safe order and
has replaced the Stay at Home order.


FEDERAL MEMORANDUM ON IDENTIFICATION OF
ESSENTIAL CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE WORKERS
DURING COVID-19 RESPONSE (CISA)
As the Nation comes together to slow the spread
of COVID-19, on March 16th the President issued
updated Coronavirus Guidance for America that
highlighted the importance of the critical
infrastructure workforce. This memorandum was
amended on March 28th, 2020.

KEY POINTS TO CONSIDER WHEN DETERMINING
LANDSCAPE SERVICES ARE ESSENTIAL
With the assistance of Jim Funai PhD., Assistant
Professor of Plant Science and Landscape
Technology at Cuyahoga Community College,
the OLA has put together a document
containing Key Points that address why
landscape services are essential to human health
and the wellbeing of those we serve.

BY THE NUMBERS
Daily information, by county, concerning the
number cases of COVID-19 in the State of Ohio.

RESOURCES FOR ECONOMIC SUPPORT
The COVID-19 Pandemic has created a great
strain on the nation’s healthcare system, but it’s
not come without it’s economic difficulties as
well. State leaders are working to ensure
resources are readily available to Ohio businesses
and workers to ensure we all weather this difficult
time, remembering we are all in this together.

DAILY UPDATES
This resource includes a backlog of daily updates,
press releases, and best practices as deemed
essential to preventing the spread of COVID-19.

BUREAU OF WORKERS COMPENSATION FAQ
The BWC has created a Frequently Asked
Questions document to provide information
about the coronavirus' (COVID-19's) impact on
BWC operations.