Hello MALP Members & Maui Horticulture & Landscape Industry Members!
I have fielded a few questions from people calling through our website regarding whether or not the horticulture/landscape industry is considered "essential" and if members of this industry are able to work. There have been a lot of changes over the past week since these restrictions were put in place.
I spoke with someone in the Mayor's Office last week and asked if our industry would be considered essential. I was told that if you are doing something to help with safety and/or sanitation (i.e. keeping sidewalks clean so someone is not going to slip or trimming trees). Also, if you are a nursery & are "growing food" such as fruit trees,or are supplying an essential business, you can be considered essential. If you are a materials supplier for farms or other essential businesses (such as irrigation supply stores supply plumbers).
This information is still very vague. I strongly recommend speaking with each individual client to discuss their wishes.
The National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) is an organization that works directly with national legislation for the landscape industry.
"Landscape professionals maintain and protect the living environments around hospitals, government facilities, housing areas, parks, schools, and more; protecting public safety by:
performing regular maintenance to mow, prune control weeds, and inspect for safety and security issues; performing essential treatments to reduce the spread of dangerous and deadly diseases through pests like mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas; removing fallen trees and mitigating overhead hazards from wind effects; providing maintenance and plant removal to assist in fire abatement; managing invasive species; and keeping public and private pathways free from obstruction and potential risk."
On their site they quote:
"In states that we do not have explicit language exempting the landscape industry we are continuing to communicate with those officials to provide further evidence of the essential nature of landscape services. The provisions cited below that do not explicitly exempt landscape services does infer the essential services the industry provides through maintenance, repair, sanitation and other provisions associated with the landscape industry and through our continued support of other essential businesses. This remains a rapidly developing situation and we will update this website as we learn new information."
Below are some links for NALP's information:
Here's a link from American Hort regarding working with congressional delegates to consider horticulture/landscape workers essential as well as information on employees who are working on visas:
More info on H2-A Visas
Here's a link to an article on how to be prepared & flexible in your nursery business from Nursery Management Magazine:
I hope this helps with some of your questions. Please feel free to contact us at any time and we will help to find answers!
MALP - President