IAA Covid-19 Update

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As of March 24, 2020
Please CLICK HERE to read a joint statement from the Illinois Landscape Contractors Assocation, the Illinois Green Industry Assocation, and the Illinois Arborist Association regarding green industry work during the “Stay-at-Home” Executive Order issued on March 20, 2020.

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As of March 23, 2020
Dear Valued IAA Members:
Since Governor Pritzker announced his “Stay-at-Home” order on March 20th, we have been working with industry partners and organizations to get clarity on how tree work fits into the list of “essential” services. This morning, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity issued a follow up FAQ document to help clarify what services are considered essential and how those companies can move forward. Please read the entire document here. 
Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity FAQ

Based on the following question-and-answer in the FAQ, tree care operations, which would fall under the umbrella of landscape work, will be permitted to continue work operations.For further information on what our industry organizations consider to be “essential” services, please refer to the TCIA/ISA Joint Statement.

Can residential and commercial lawn service remain open?Yes. Many landscape projects will fit under an exemption such as construction, agriculture, or public works. Outdoor landscape projects generally will provide for good social distancing that poses little risk of transmission, but it still is important to ensure the ability to wash or sanitize hands and take other precautionsAs an organization, we cannot provide a recommendation as to whether individual businesses continue to operate during the “Stay-at-Home” period. Whether or not your company chooses to work, please take the necessary steps to protect yourself and your employees from the spread of COVID-19. Please consult the CDC website for information on symptoms and ways to stay healthy.
Regards,
IAA Executive Committee

As of 3/19/2020
Dear Illinois Arborist Association members:
As you know, our industry will likely be dramatically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are currently in the process of appealing to state and federal government organizations to keep our services listed as “essential services” so that the majority of our work may continue during this developing situation. This is a primary concern of our organization, to work on behalf of our membership, and our resolve is unwavering in this regard.
That said, unfortunately we have had to cancel and/or postpone all of our events through May 8. Below is a list of those events. We will be frequently updating this information as the situation evolves. During this time, we want to stress that we as an organization are here to answer your questions and provide guidance through this challenging time. Please maintain public safety as a primary concern during these times and see the below links for further information.

Please do not hesitate to reach out if we can be of assistance.
IAA Executive Committee
April Toney, Executive Director

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