Yesterday I posted some notes from the daily County conference call which mentioned that questions involving gardeners were a hot topic on the County help line. But it wasn’t clear from the discussion how the latest shelter-in-place regulation applied to gardeners.
Today I learned the answer from city staff (the question was a popular one on the city help line, too): gardening is not considered an exempt business, so having gardeners working on your property is not allowed.
Please note, however, that doing your own gardening is not restricted. The regulations focus on reducing viral transmission via social interaction, particularly social interactions beyond the family1.
As always, please remember that curtailing this business activity is likely to have a disproportionate impact on the less-fortunate members of our community. Mitigating that impact, to the extent you can, would be a community-minded thing to do.
which is why I’m not going to be able to use the regulation to convince my wife to let me out of my share of gardening duties. ↩