Is Landscaping An Essential Service
As there was a lot of discussion with respect to clarity whether landscaping is an essential service I emailed the Ontario Government Essential Business email and this is the response I received.
From: MIRA BUDD
To: Essential Business (MGCS) <EssentialBusiness@ontario.ca>
Subject: Is Landscaping an Essential Service
I wanted to know if landscaping is an essential service? In particular I am asking for residential, but clarity on all landscaping services would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you and hope you are having an awesomely amazing day!
From: Essential Business (MGCS) <email@example.com>
To: MIRA BUDD
Thank you again for your Essential Business inquiry.
Following advice from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, on April 3, 2020, Ontario updated the list of essential businesses that can remain open. The restrictions are aimed at further reducing contact between people and stopping the spread of COVID-19. By 11:59 p.m. Saturday, April 4, 2020, businesses that are not identified on this list must close their physical locations.
As you may be aware, landscape gardening has not been added to the list. The updated “maintenance” category can be found at paragraph 20 of the list and has been updated to include only those services strictly necessary to maintain safety, security, sanitation and essential operation of properties and buildings.
We cannot provide legal advice on whether a specific business is an essential business. Business owners should review the updated list of essential businesses which are authorized to stay open, determine whether they fit into any of the categories and, if they do, make a business decision as to whether to stay open. The government is advising essential workplaces to put the necessary measures in place to protect the health and safety of their employees and the public, including safe physical distancing and hand-washing.
Please call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659 if you have questions. Help is available from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. and Saturday to Sunday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. You can also visit the Stopping the Spread website for more information. Please note that this email account is not being monitored. As such, inquiries directed to this email address will not be responded to.
If your business can help supply emergency products (e.g., masks, gloves, eye protection) or innovative solutions to support Ontario’s response to COVID-19, please visit the Ontario Together website.