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PRESS RELEASE – 20
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 13, 2020
ADRIAN, MI - As spring begins to settle upon us, we look outside at the blooming flowers, the budding trees, and the growing grass. Our immediate thought is that we need to continue business as normal and keep our municipal lawns manicured and looking nice.
However, Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-42, expressly prohibits businesses from lawn mowing for anything other than to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operations of a residence.
Specifically, there is a question posed on www.michigan.org/coronavirus that states the following: EO 2020-42:
May landscaping, lawncare, tree service, irrigation, and related outdoor maintenance companies operate under this order?
“In nearly all cases, no. A business cannot designate workers to perform these services unless the service is necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operations of a residence. This is a narrow exception that only permits in-person work that is strictly necessary to address a circumstance that immediately and genuinely impairs the habitability of a home during the emergency; the exception will be satisfied, at most, rarely*. Routine concerns, such as about longer grass increasing insects, pests, or allergies, do not qualify. Nor can workers leave the home to perform these services at business facilities: the exception applies only to residences**. Any necessary in-person work that is permitted under the order must be done in accordance with the mitigation measures required under section 10 of the order. The order does not prohibit homeowners from tending to their own yards as they see fit.”(* and ** Emphasis added by County)
Until such time as the Governor amends or changes her Order, as a county government, we are not mowing any of our properties, including parks, at this time. The grass is not growing at a rate to cause safety or sanitation issues.
Whether you are a local governmental unit or one of our many amazing businesses and/or industries, we request all of you to refrain from mowing lawns during the next few weeks. We also urge local units of government to waive any noxious grass or weed ordinances during the next three weeks as some homeowners will not be able to mow their lawns in the absence of a company to do so for them.