Ohio Governor Mike DeWine issued a stay-at-home order on Sunday to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It will go into effect on Monday, March 23 at 11:59 pm. All non-essential businesses should close at that time so their employees can stay home.
The Ohio Turfgrass Foundation, the Ohio Lawn Care Association and the Ohio Sports Turf Managers Association wrote a joint letter to the Governor last week requesting the green industries be considered essential businesses in the event of a stay-at-home order.
Under the executive order, lawn care, golf course maintenance, sports turf maintenance and sod farms could be considered essential businesses under sections 12(c), 12(k) and 12(v) (see specific sections below). Since this is open to interpretation, we are seeking clarification from the Governor’s office and will update you once we have that clarification. Please check with your legal counsel for further clarity regarding your operations.
12 c. Food, beverage, and licensed marijuana production and agriculture. Food and beverage manufacturing, production, processing, and cultivation, including farming, livestock, fishing, baking, and other production agriculture, including cultivation, marketing, production, and distribution of animals and goods for consumption; licensed medical marijuana use, medical marijuana dispensaries and licensed medical marijuana cultivation centers; and businesses that provide food, shelter, and other necessities of life for animals, including animal shelters, rescues, shelters, kennels, and adoption facilities;
12 k. Critical trades. Building and Construction Tradesmen and Tradeswomen, and other trades including but not limited to plumbers, electricians, exterminators, cleaning and janitorial staff for commercial and governmental properties, security staff, operating engineers, HV AC, painting, moving and relocation services, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, Essential Activities, and Essential Businesses and Operations;
12 v. Manufacture, distribution, and supply chain for critical products and industries. Manufacturing companies, distributors, and supply chain companies producing and supplying essential products and services in and for industries such as pharmaceutical, technology, biotechnology, healthcare, chemicals and sanitization, waste pickup and disposal, agriculture, food and beverage, transportation, energy, steel and steel products, petroleum and fuel, mining, construction, national defense, communications, as well as products used by other Essential Businesses and Operations.