Halbrook: Businesses Selling Seeds and Plants are Open for Business

ShelbyvilleArea businesses selling plant seeds and live plants are allowed to be open for business during the current Shelter in Place Order, Rep. Brad Halbrook said today.

“There has been some confusion in recent weeks about small businesses selling vegetable and other seeds and plants while we remain on lockdown. And, frankly, early information from the Administration was somewhat unclear,” said Rep. Halbrook (R-Shelbyville). “Certainly seeds and plants need to be readily available for those wanting to plant their gardens and grow their own produce…especially now when we are encouraged to limit trips to the grocery store when possible. My colleagues and I have been in contact with the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) to get better clarification, and their response indicates that businesses who supply these essentials, regardless of size, are allowed to remain open for pickup and delivery.”

Specific DCEO guidance is below:

The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s (DCEO) original guidance provided that “stores that sell supplies that assist with either (a) agriculture; or (b) products for landscaping can continue to sell those products to the public, provided adequate social distancing is complied with.” This guidance remains valid.

DCEO has expanded their original guidance so that all garden stores, garden centers, and nurseries (even those that did not fall within our original guidance above) are allowed to sell products for delivery or pick-up. That expanded guidance states: “Garden stores and greenhouses can remain open for purposes of maintaining inventory, and to fulfill online and phone orders for pick-up or delivery only.” This guidance applies to both standalone stores as well as garden centers that are part of a larger store (such as a garden center that is part of a hardware store or big box stores such as Lowes or Home Depot).

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