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The Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance (www.mass.gov/info-details/employee-unemployment-faq-covid-19#eligibility-) has advised that employees receiving unemployment who seek to self-quarantine due to a “reasonable fear of exposure” or to care for “a child who is at home” need not accept suitable work that becomes available until the reasonable fear or childcare need have resolved. There is no further definition of “reasonable” in terms of fear of exposure, but legal opinion states that it needs to be something more than a generalized, subjective fear of contracting the illness, and must be based on concrete factors present in the workplace or the employee’s health condition that increase his likelihood of getting the disease.
Please also consider that the Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance has advised that an employee who plans to quit his or her job out of fear of being exposed may be eligible, but must demonstrate, among other things, that such fear was reasonable under the circumstances. The DUA did not define “reasonable” in this guidance either.
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Two people is the maximum number and they must practice social distancing while working.
Emergency Order No. 6 requires the designation of one or more individuals of the company doing the landscape work to be COVID-19 Officer(s). They are responsible for ensuring that all of the company’s employees are following the required safety protocols in Emergency Order No. 6. Please see LINK for the necessary form that must be completed and returned to the Town’s Natural Resources Department for the designation of the Officer(s).
Starting on April 21, 2020, the following "Primary Activities" are allowed:
Initial site openings and maintenance:
Irrigation System Commissioning:
Trees and shrubs:
Starting on April 28, 2020 the following “Secondary Activities” are allowed:
No this Order only covers existing landscaping at this time.
No, this Order only covers existing landscaping at this time. However, you may plant them at your own residence.
No. The Order requires that individuals must take separate transportation to the job site, regardless of family or living status.
Nantucket’s Order is stricter than the State’s Order. Currently Nantucket is restricting landscapers to the list of activities above.
Yes, office work to maintain the essential functions of a business is allowed as long as social distancing guidelines and safety measures are followed.
Options include biking, walking, taxi, NRTA.
We are recommending that the two companies coordinate their work so as to maximize social distancing and minimize interaction. If work can occur without any overlap, it may be allowed.
Under the State Stay-at-Home Order, childcare facilities are only open for certain types of workers, landscaping workers are not in any of those categories.
If the site where you are working does not have restroom facilities, you may leave the site to use an appropriate restroom, elsewhere – while making sure to follow all sanitary, safety and social distancing protocols.
What is allowed:
What is NOT allowed:
No, non-essential businesses are not allowed to open however as of May 4, 2020 the Governor announced additional guidance regarding essential and non-essential work.