DHS names landscaping in critical services list Email
Sunday, March 29, 2020 12:00 AM

Good news! To further support the landscape industry as an essential service, I am pleased to share that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cyber and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has included landscaping services in its most recent "Advisory memorandum on identification of essential critical infrastructure workers during COVID-19 response." Read the full memorandum.

Below is the specific passage that includes our industry (found on page 10 of the memo):


  • Workers who support the operation, inspection, and maintenance of essential public works facilities and operations, including bridges, water and sewer main breaks, fleet maintenance personnel, construction of critical or strategic infrastructure, traffic signal maintenance, emergency location services for buried utilities, maintenance of digital systems infrastructure supporting public works operations, and other emergent issues.
  • Workers such as plumbers, electricians, exterminators, builders, contractors, HVAC Technicians, landscapersand other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, businesses and buildings such as hospitals, senior living facilities, any temporary construction required to support COVID-19 response.
  • Workers who support, such as road and line clearing, to ensure the availability of and access to needed facilities, transportation, energy and communications.
  • Support to ensure the effective removal, storage, and disposal of residential and commercial solid waste and hazardous waste, including landfill operations.
  • Workers who support the operation, inspection, and maintenance of essential dams, locks and levees.
  • Workers who support the inspection and maintenance of aids to navigation, and other government-provided services that ensure continued maritime commerce.

As an extra precaution, we suggest adding this information to the documents you provide to your crews. You should also share this document with your employees to assure them that your business is working within the allowable parameters.

If your crews encounter any significant issues while on a worksite, please share it with us at [email protected].

As always, ALCC continues to advocate for the landscape industry and preserve its right to continue to provide what we consider essential services to our community throughout the Coronavirus crisis. 

Please visit for information and resources. Follow our blog at for regular updates. 

Warm regards,


John McMahon | Chief Executive Officer
Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado

Please note: This letter is not intended as legal advice. ALCC is not able to provide a legally binding interpretation of the law.


US Citizenship and Immigration Services Office Closure Extended until at least April 7 Email
Saturday, March 28, 2020 01:00 PM

See the following notice from US Citizenship and Immigration Services regarding the temporary office closure.

On March 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services temporarily suspended in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices, and Application Support Centers (ASCs) to help slow the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). USCIS offices will reopen on April 7 unless the public closures are extended further. Employees in these offices are continuing to perform mission-essential services that do not require face-to-face contact with the public.

USCIS will continue to provide limited emergency services. Please call the Contact Center for assistance with emergency services.

Get to know the Coronavirus stimulus packages Email
Saturday, March 28, 2020 12:00 AM

NALP lobbying firm DCLRS has created a comprehensive summary of the recent Coronavirus stimulus packages.

Read the full summary here:

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Share your ideas, resources, etc. with landscape industry peers at [email protected].

We're all in this together - Please donate PPE Email
Friday, March 27, 2020 04:45 PM

Hospitals, healthcare workers, and patients are in need of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to stay safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Now more than we must come together as a community to battle this virus. Yesterday Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado (ALCC) donated N95 masks and packaged gloves at a Centura Health drop-off location. The donated equipment was intended for upcoming ALCC hands-on training events which have been postponed due to the pandemic. The landscape community will continue to support and give thanks to our healthcare professionals and volunteers for their hard work during the pandemic. Please join ALCC in supporting healthcare workers during this crisis and donate PPE when possible.

ALCC would love to see what you donate. Be sure to email us pictures of your donations and we will share them on our social media outlets to spread the word. Or better yet, post pictures of your donations on your social media channel(s), tag ALCC (click here for a list of ALCC social media outlets), and use these hashtags #landscapePPEdrive #PPE #IamALCC. 

Defining essential services update Email
Thursday, March 26, 2020 05:00 PM

Good afternoon,

I want to share a quick update with our members. ALCC continues to work with our lobbyists for further clarification that landscape services are an essential business, as the interpretation of the stay-at-home order remains vague. If we receive any additional information or clarification, we will share it with you. 

H-2 processing update and FAQs March 27, 2020 Email
Thursday, March 26, 2020 04:30 PM

See the email below, forwarded from USDA, and read the FAQs from the State Department about H-2 processing.

As you may be aware, USDA has been working diligently with DOL, DHS, and State to limit the disruption in the H-2A workforce caused by COVID-19.  Today the State Department took additional steps to increase processing of H-2 visa holders through consulates around the world.   USDA applauds these modifications and the expansion of interview waiver eligibility to ensure that the majority of H-2 processing can continue. 

Watch the webinar: Navigating COVID-19 in your Colorado landscape business Email
Thursday, March 26, 2020 11:00 AM

Click here to watch the full webinar! You will be asked for your contact information before receiving the link.

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Share your ideas, resources, etc. with landscape industry peers at [email protected].

Colorado stay-at-home order and critical businesses Email
Thursday, March 26, 2020 09:40 AM

We recognize that there has been much confusion over the governor’s latest executive order and what that means for landscape business operations. In meeting with our GreenCO partners, we have clarified the following points:

As of March 26, the entire state is under a Stay-at-Home order. Based on the Public Health Order dated March 25, ALCC believes that most businesses in the green industry fall into one or more exemption categories. For horticulture growers, your business determination as ‘critical’ is pretty straightforward – you are considered agriculture. For landscape contractors, suppliers and other green industry professionals, the determination is a bit more nuanced.

Governor Polis Issues Colorado Stay-at-Home order Email
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 08:30 PM

Tonight Governor Jared Polis issued a Stay-at-Home Order for Colorado. It is important to note the following from the press conference today: 

  • The Colorado Stay-at-Home Order will take effect tomorrow, March 26, at 8:00 AM and is valid through April 11.
  • “This Order is Now the Law”.
  • The duration of the order could be shortened or lengthened.
Additional Colorado counties issue stay-at-home orders Email
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 04:00 PM

We are aware that the following counties have issued shelter-in-place or stay-at-home orders:

Boulder County Public Health, Jefferson County Public Health, and Tri-County Health Department (serving Adams, Arapahoe, and Douglas Counties) have issued stay-at-home orders "effective March 26 at 8:00 a.m. until April 17 at 11:59 p.m. unless officials determine it is in the interest of public health to expire at an earlier date and time." 

Beware of scams related to Coronavirus Email
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 12:30 AM

Beware of scams related to Coronavirus

The US Treasury Department warns: Unsolicited Phone Calls, Text Messages, or Emails Purporting to be from the Treasury Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations, FinCEN, OFAC, the Treasury “Office of Legal Affairs”, or even from the Secretary of The Treasury, are frauds. 

The Federal Trade Commission also warns of scams related to the pandemic.   

The US Small Business Association has tips for business owners to avoid falling prey to scams.

ALCC will continue to share the latest information on navigating the COVID-19 outbreak on our blog or by visiting

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Share your ideas, resources, etc. with landscape industry peers at [email protected].

Denver mayor issues stay-at-home order Email
Monday, March 23, 2020 05:00 PM

Following the governor’s order regarding reducing the workforce by 50% in an attempt to slow the spread of Coronavirus, Mayor Hancock has now issued a stay-at-home order for City and County of Denver. Takes effect at 5 PM on March 24 and is in effect until April 10.

The order requires that all people in the City & County of Denver stay home and businesses implement work from home policies and delivery of goods to the greatest extent possible.

UPDATE (March 24): the order has been amended. See quote below regarding the amendments to the order. Visit the City/County website for the latest information.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act National Online Dialogue Email
Monday, March 23, 2020 02:00 PM

The US Department of Labor Wage & Hour Division has issued the following invitation to participating in a dialogue regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act:

The U.S. Department of Labor will be hosting a national online dialogue to provide employers and employees with an innovative opportunity to offer their perspective as the Department develops compliance assistance materials and outreach strategies related to the implementation of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

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