State and federal guidelines for essential business
Emphasis on agriculture, horticulture, and pest control
Information on this page was last reviewed and updated on July 1, 2020.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s letter defining essential business.
CDC comments on people at increased risk: “People at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19, and those who live with them, should consider their level of risk before deciding to go out and ensure they are taking steps to protect themselves. Consider avoiding activities where taking protective measures may be difficult, such as activities where social distancing can’t be maintained. Everyone should take steps to prevent getting and spreading COVID-19 to protect themselves, their communities, and people who are at increased risk of severe illness. In general, the more people you interact with, the more closely you interact with them, and the longer that interaction, the higher your risk of getting and spreading COVID-19.”
National and Regional Resources
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)
The coronavirus pandemic has meant many organizations in the pest management industry have had to cancel or postpone events scheduled to take place in 2020.
Pest Management Professional (MyPMP.net) has a list of cancellations and changes.
|State||State COVID-19 page||Extension Resources||IPM-related essential sectors/industries|
|Connecticut||Connecticut COVID-19 page||UConn Extension||
|Delaware||Delaware COVID-19 page||Delaware Extension||
|Maine||Maine COVID-19 page||Maine Extension||
|Maryland||Maryland COVID-19 page||Maryland Extension||
|Massachusetts||Massachusetts COVID-19 page||UMass Extension||
|New Hampshire||New Hampshire COVID-19 page||New Hampshire Extension||
|New Jersey||New Jersey COVID-19 page||Rutgers Extension||
|New York||New York COVID-19 page||Cornell Extension||
|Pennsylvania||Pennsylvania COVID-19 page||Penn State Extension||
|Rhode Island||Rhode Island COVID-19 page||URI Extension||
|Vermont||Vermont COVID-19 page||Vermont Extension||
|Washington, D.C.||Washington, D.C., COVID-19 page||
|West Virginia||West Virginia COVID-19 page||West Virginia Extension||