Indy Lawn Mowing is currently OPEN FOR BUSINESS and operating with normal business hours, yes we are Mowing Grass through out the 2020 season. We are deemed a essential services company that operates primarily outside, with very limited interaction, if any, with customers. Indy Lawn Mowing is a very small family owned and ran business. We have now moved office work to isolated home offices and are now operating the company remotely online. We are inventing, building, learning, changing and applying stringent measures,tactics, better solutions and new practices and additional safety steps to help keep everyone safe and to slow or stop the spread of this virus. We are proud to say we are Following and adhering to all up-to-date and current WHO, CDC, Federal, State, and Local Guidelines, Advisories, and measures currently in action for the Covid-19 pandemic and outbreak crisis of 2020.
When conducting business, it is essential to maintain minimal contact with customers and the public.
- Use digital online payments and quotes rather than in person contact and cash, whenever possible.
- This digitally-managed alternative is safer than traditional lawn care practices that involve in-person estimates and person-to-person handling of payments of cash or check.
Lawn pros can maintain the CDC recommended 6 foot safe social distance spacing from customers and other people, as yard maintenance is done outdoors in open spaces. However, if in-person contact with a customer is necessary, please ask for cooperation in keeping at least six feet of distance. If available wear a mask or face covering when making close contact.
Additionally, we recommend adhering to the following practices:
General safety tips:
- Continue to monitor and comply with all Federal, State, or Local advisories and precautionary measures.
- Avoid handshakes.
- Use digital online payments rather than cash whenever possible.
- Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds regularly throughout the day. If soap and water is not available, use alcohol-based hand wipes/ sanitizer .
- Cover coughs and sneezes.
Safety tips for lawn professionals:
- Due to working outside, access to soap and water may be difficult. Please utilize gloves and wipes within your truck and each job site.
- Wear clean, and properly stored “personal” protective equipment (PPE).
- Even if a customer offers, DO NOT enter a customer’s home.
- Wipe down tools and work areas with hand wipes or a bleach solution at least once a day or when passing tools & equipment between workers.
- Whenever possible avoid crowds, even when you’re off the clock. If a shared vehicle is used, make every effort to sit as far away from each other as possible.
- If you are feeling sick or have recently come into contact with someone who is sick, do not handle lawn care equipment. When in doubt, stay at home.
- In the event that you or anyone on working with you feels unwell, you are urged to stay home and self-quarantine for 14 days.
By following these tips, and practicing safe social distancing, we can all help flatten the curve and slow the spread of COVID-19. The main priority is staying safe and making sure hospitals aren’t over capacity by an influx of COVID-19 patients.
With these uncertain times, many people are not only confused, but panicked with questions of how to operate their businesses in the face of the COVID-19 virus. Additionally, homeowners may feel uncertain and unsafe when it comes to maintaining and scheduling routine household services.
While many areas are in the midst of substantial shut downs, the government has published a list of industries that are exempt from closure and are allowed to continue regular business operation. It is important to note that landscaping services fall under the “Services to Building and Dwellings” exemption category.
Why Lawn Care is an Essential Service
According to the National Association of Landscape Professionals, landscape services are deemed essential due to the following reasons:
- “Landscapers are protectors of public health performing essential treatments to lawns and green spaces to reduce the transmission of dangerous and deadly diseases through pests like mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas.”
- “Landscapers protect property and maintain greenspaces that could otherwise jeopardize public safety. Unkempt fields and green spaces increase the chance of injuries. Crime rates are increased in areas where green spaces are not maintained.”
- “Spring is a critical time of year for the industry due to the abundance of growth in the spring that requires prompt maintenance and care. Any halt or delay in landscape services during this time of year only magnifies potential safety problems and become much more difficult to maintain later in the year.”
- Additionally, preventing lawn overgrowth is essential for reducing fire risk to homes. As the temperature rises, so does the risk of fire, especially during dry periods. Keeping a well-managed lawn helps protect your home.
In short, lawn care services are essential to maintaining a healthy environment, and these services can still be completed while adhering to social-distancing.
The Indiana ‘stay at home’ order went into effect at midnight on March 24, Unless you work for an essential business or are doing an essential activity – you must stay home. list provided by the State of Indiana.
Building, construction, and other trades, including, but not limited to, plumbers, electricians, exterminators, operating engineers, cleaning and janitorial staff for commercial and governmental properties, security staff, HVAC, 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.