TNLA Retail and Landscape member companies help sustain the environment and strive to enhance and maintain healthy green spaces for their communities. Texas Nursery & Landscape Association urges local, state, and federal policymakers to consider TNLA member businesses among those operations determined to be “essential” in order to exercise the option to remain open to support their communities during these trying times.
Announced Sunday, March 22, 2020, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins issued an amended order to Shelter In Place Effective, 11:59 p.m. March 23 and continuing until 11:59 p.m. April 3, stating in Section B of the amended order, "All businesses operating within Dallas County, except Essential Businesses as defined in below in Section 2, are required to cease all activities at facilities located within the County." Click here to read the full amendment to the order.
City of Fort Worth
Saturday, March 21, 2020, Mayor Betsy Price signed an amended order to the emergency declaration in place within the City of Fort Worth stating non-essential businesses are no longer permitted to stay open with the exception of essential businesses. To read the latest amendment to the Disaster Declaration for COVID-19 for the City of Fort Worth click here.
TNLA has sent the letters below to statewide officials. Staff will also be in touch with the local officials to clarify their orders/declarations and make our case for both retail and landscape. (We believe that Growing operations in the areas are safe under the AG code definitions.) We urge you to download, modify and place on your company letterhead, a letter that you can email or mail to your local officials stating that your company should be considered an "essential business" and remain open.
Retail Garden Center "Essential Business" During COVID-19
Landscape "Essential Business" During COVID-19
TNLA will issue updates as both situations continue to progress.
Dallas County Judge
411 Elm Street
Dallas, TX 75202
200 Texas St.
Fort Worth, TX 76102
(Her Chief of Staff –)
Tarrant County Judge
Judge Glen Whitley
100 East Weatherford Street
Fort Worth, TX 76196
(Insert letter into the body of the email)
For additional questions, email Amy Graham at Agraham@tnlaonline.org.