COVID-19 Resources

State and federal guidelines for essential business

Emphasis on agriculture, horticulture, and pest control

Information on this page was last reviewed and updated on June 4, 2020.

Federal

U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s letter defining essential business.

CDC: Interim guidance for businesses and employers to plan and respond to COVID-19

CDC: Implementing safety practices for critical infrastructure workers who may have had exposure to a person with suspected or confirmed COVID-19

National and Regional Resources

StopPests in Housing’s guidance on pest control during coronavirus.

National Pest Management Association’s COVID-19 page has resources for every state, including a spread sheet of every state’s essential services page. The U.S. State Testing/Certification and Disinfection Licensing Requirements are also available at the bottom of the NPMA page.

Northeast Center for Occupational Safety and Health’s COVID-19 Resources for use by the agriculture, forestry, and fishing industries. Includes safety trainings for farms, information about workplace hygiene, and respirator and PPE guidance.

What you should know about N95 respirators and face masks [PDF] (Interim Guidance, April 14, 2020)

State Guidelines

State State COVID-19 page Extension Resources IPM-related essential sectors/industries
Connecticut Connecticut COVID-19 page UConn Extension
  • Agriculture
  • Horticulture
  • Pest control
Delaware Delaware COVID-19 page Delaware Extension
  • Agriculture
  • Horticulture
  • Pest control
Maine Maine COVID-19 page Maine Extension
  • Agriculture
  • Horticulture
  • Pest control
Maryland Maryland COVID-19 page Maryland Extension
  • Agriculture
  • Horticulture
  • Pest control
Massachusetts Massachusetts COVID-19 page UMass Extension
  • Agriculture
  • Pest control
New Hampshire New Hampshire COVID-19 page New Hampshire Extension
  • Agriculture
  • Horticulture
  • Pest control
New Jersey New Jersey COVID-19 page Rutgers Extension
  • Agriculture
  • Horticulture
  • Pest control
New York New York COVID-19 page Cornell Extension
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania COVID-19 page Penn State Extension
  • Agriculture
  • Horticulture: garden centers are not essential businesses under Pa. Governor’s order. See FAQ #36.
  • Pest control
Rhode Island Rhode Island COVID-19 page URI Extension
  • Not specified
Vermont Vermont COVID-19 page Vermont Extension
  • Agriculture
  • Horticulture
  • Pest control
Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C., COVID-19 page  
  • Agriculture
  • Horticulture
  • Pest control
West Virginia West Virginia COVID-19 page West Virginia Extension
  • Agriculture
  • Horticulture
  • Pest control