April 7 Coronavirus Update

The State of Vermont has updated the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order. You can find all current update, here.

The update that is relevant to our industry has been copied below, for reference. The updates are in bold.

Property Management and Landscaping

Property Management and Landscaping businesses may conduct limited in-person operations under the Governor’s Executive Order.  Section 6 (m) of the Executive Order states that “other building and property services for the safety, sanitation and operations of residences or other businesses” are deemed critical.  The Agency interprets this to include snow removal, building services such as janitorial services, and security services, pest control and maintenance and repair operations that are essential to protecting property.  Discretionary construction is not essential and addressed elsewhere in this guidance.  Businesses should not continue aesthetic services such as gardening, tree pruning (if not essential for safety), or spring lawn cleanups. However, businesses may continue limited in-person business operations that protect an asset from failure or damage. Examples of acceptable work include but are not limited to: minimal and basic care of golf courses, ball fields, campgrounds, and trail networks to prevent damage and loss. Any work that can be delayed, must be delayed, including capital improvements such as expansions. To be clear, work to “get ready” for the season should not be happening.