In response to questioning about our lawn maintenance services being essential, the City of Ottawa is providing the following information verifying work is allowed to be completed:
April 21, 2020
PROPERTY MAINTENANCE SERVICES
In accordance with the Provincial regulations invoked as part of the response to the COVId-19 pandemic, “maintenance, repair, and property maintenance management services strictly necessary to manage and maintain the safety, security, sanitation and essential operation of institutional, commercial, industrial and residential properties and buildings” are permitted.
To date, some businesses providing property maintenance, such as landscapers, have been permitted to operate on a limited, emergency basis only. However, with the warmer weather approaching and potential health, safety and sanitation issues associated with the growing season becoming more prevalent, property maintenance/landscaping activities will be deemed essential and therefore permitted, effective May 1, 2020.
Landscaping and lawn care businesses that are providing services strictly for safety, security or sanitation purposes will be allowed. These services include lawn cutting, dethatching, rolling, clearing yard and garden debris, and aeration. This is to ensure that properties remain safe and property standards are met.
In accordance with the Provincial regulations, all other activities, such as landscaping projects that are intended to beautify or for aesthetics only, or that involve interlock, fences, decks, etc. will not be permitted until further notice from the Province.
Landscaping businesses and individual operations should ensure that they and their staff continue to follow the health precautions recommended by Ottawa Public Health including:
- Practice physical distancing – stay six feet away from one another
- No more than 5 workers should attend the work site
- Stay home if sick
- Wash hands with soap and water frequently (for at least 20 seconds)
- Clean and disinfect high touch surfaces frequently
- Encourage workers to wear non-medical masks
- Workers who have travelled outside of Canada, or have symptoms, must self-isolate in accordance with public health requirements.
Providing lawn maintenance services during COVID-19
During this time, J.R. employees will continue to practice physical distancing of 2 meters (6 feet) apart from each other, pedestrians and clients. We will continue to require only one employee per company vehicle to ensure physical distancing measures are met.
J.R. Lawn and Snow have sourced disinfectant and sanitization products, as well as PPE of the highest grade available. These measures will protect and aid each employee while they perform their duties throughout the day.
Trucks will now include:
- Hand Sanitizer
- Disinfectant spray
- Hand towels
- 4mm Nitrile Gloves
- Designated bag to discard gloves into; preventing cross contamination.
- Designated bag to discard hand towels into; preventing cross contamination.
- Disinfectant wipes
J.R. continues to follow all guidelines from local, provincial and federal health officials to slow the spreads of COVID-19 in our community while maintaining essential services.