We Can’t Work, Now What?
On Wednesday, March 25, Minnesota Governor Walz announced the “Stay at Home MN” Executive order in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. At that time it appeared that landscape maintenance was exempt from the order as an essential industry and we would be able to start our work on our job sites Monday, May 30. As a leadership staff we began strategizing safe practices for our staff to be able to work safely. Unexpectedly on Friday, March 27, the Governor’s office released some specific clarifications that said we were not exempt from the order. This left us all pressing pause on our plans for the next two weeks.
We are expecting to get to work soon and as of right now we are confident we can get all of our 2020 contracted work completed. With no work to do on our job sites we have turned our attention to what we can do while they wait. We have called on our “We are Servants” core value and are asking our employees to participate in addressing two on our community’s biggest needs right now, feeding those in need, many of whom have lost work as a result of COVID-19, as well as donating much-needed blood.
As we live through this unique time, I continue to be inspired by healthcare workers, teachers and community members doing whatever they can to keep others, safe, educated and engaged. As the great Fred Rogers once said, “We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say ‘It’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.’ Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.”
Jeff Wilson | General Manager