Garden Centers Deemed ESSENTIAL

Ohio. As of March 25, there is a stay at home order in place for the state. Production agriculture is specifically listed as critical/essential, and nursery and greenhouse production is federally classified as agriculture, indicating growers should be able to remain operational at this time. The Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association says landscape, lawn care, and landscape irrigation companies require “careful discretion.” Construction and public works projects may be considered isolated from the pubic and relatively safe. Critical trade and other service providers who are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences are mentioned in the orders. Some landscape projects and services may fit under this category. Although the order's essential business guidance does not clearly call out garden centers, many garden centers offer fruits and vegetables to customers for home gardening, and sell firewood, pet supplies, and other household essentials.

Kentucky.As of March 22, Gov. Andy Beshear declared an executive order stating, “Retail businesses that are not-life sustaining may provide local delivery and curbside service of online or telephone orders.” Additionally, all businesses that fall under the “Building Material and Garden Equipment and Supplies Dealers” may operate if they follow appropriate social distancing.  

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