According to the order, all businesses designated by the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security CISA Guidance Memo 2.0 are all essential business. The Texas list designating them as such can be found here: www.tdem.texas.gov/essential
The U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security Guidance Memo 2.0 can be located here. Importantly, this list specifically includes:
- Farmers, farm workers, support service workers, and their supplier employees to include those engaged in producing and harvesting field crops; commodity inspection; fuel ethanol facilities; biodiesel and renewable diesel facilities; storage facilities; and other agricultural inputs.
- Employees of companies engaged in the production, storage, transport, and distribution of chemicals, medicines, vaccines, and other substances used by the food and agriculture industry, including seeds, pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, minerals, enrichments, and other agricultural production aids
- Workers such as plumbers, electricians, exterminators, builders, contractors, HVAC Technicians, landscapers, and 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
TNLA staff believes this gives substantial coverage to the grower, landscape, retail, and supplier segments of our industry.
However, please let us be clear about the nature of the Governor’s order. The Governor’s order overrides local orders “where they conflict.” Local governments are allowed to have more stringent rules than the State of Texas as long as the state’s order does not conflict with them. If your local jurisdiction has set up guidelines for how to operate your business (i.e. Dallas Co. Construction Guidelines) then you must continue to follow those instructions. (*See note below)
For additional questions email Amy Graham at Agraham@tnlaonline.org.
However, you can get more narrow as you get local. So your local government can take that large, general standard and make stricter guidelines for the "essential entities" out there to define HOW they do their business. Local government can also restrict any area of business the Governor's order didn't address.