April 16, 2020

Dear MNLGA Members:

This e-mail is distributed to key contacts; please feel free to share with others in your office.

Attention new members: I send new updates every day and really do not repeat a lot of the same information. Chelsea has added to the MNLGA’s COVID-19 resources page the COVID-19 based member alerts since we began issuing them on March 16 th . Please review them if you are hunting for older information.

New Information Today :

My peer in Minnesota has shared a document “Workplace Safety and COVID-19 – Does your business have a plan if one of your employees tests positive for the COVID-19 virus?” This document was prepared by an attorney and both attorney and MNLA (Minnesota) have offered its use to anyone in our Green Industry that can use it.  Access the document here .  In addition, your company should follow guidelines established by the CDC .

I encourage you to visit your county’s economic development website to see if there are any county-specific COVID-19 or other stimulus grants for which you may apply. One of our members shared with me that Carroll County had such grants. My office did a search by county, and for Baltimore City and didn’t come up with a lot of options, however, the status of stimulus efforts changes daily. Programs could be added at any time. In the meantime, this document yields what MNLGA staff was able to find regarding county-based programs. 

Please remember that beginning this Saturday at 7 am, anyone out in public, in an enclosed environment (like a store, but not outside just to go walking, for instance) is required to use a face covering.   You are also encouraged, if your employees are in the public eye – to overtly exercise COVID-19 precautions in abundance. We are a very visible industry, in particular arborists and landscape contractors. We want the public to see that we are working in a responsible manner and do not take it for granted that our industry can work while many others cannot.  Here is a link to the CDC page with instructions on how to make (sew and no-sew options) face coverings.

The amount of information that I have to communicate is waning a little. If I do not have significant and important info to share, I will not send out a daily newsletter. I’ve been sending them out for a month now, which is really hard for me to believe.  

Member Feedback :
Grower, regarding garden centers: Where the weather has been warm, we have had customers report good sales. But no one has enough employees now to handle the curbside and delivery side of things during a busy spring. Many report that every day is like a Saturday because people are not working so they shop during the week. We have some large customers in Michigan and I don’t know what will happen there as the governor has really shut everything down. Even New York is allowing garden centers to stay open.  

Remember to utilize the COVID-19 resources page on the MNLGA website . It includes resources to help connect with consumers, explanations and access to state and federal recovery, employment, and relief efforts, and more.

Please keep me in the loop and let me know how the MNLGA can help you.

Vanessa A. Finney
Executive Director, MNLGA