This page provides a few key updates, resources, and suggestions for our member gardens' Staff in facing the many impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, during these evolving and dynamic series of events.
The latest from the Association - March 28
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Resources connecting our members, remote work, and unemployment resources.
General Guidance for Gardens
- All gardens must continue to conform to mandates from their governing bodies and health authorities (local, regional, state, or federal).
- States of Emergency, Travel Bans, Social Distancing/Gathering Limits, etc. not only dictate if/when a garden can be open but also trigger insurance coverage and contract implications, personnel availability, as well as other important matters related to events and business continuity.
- Please be science-based and unbiased/non-political in communications whenever you are able. While COVID-19 is a novel Coronavirus, it is still following known epidemiological models/predictions for worldwide outbreaks closely.
- “Social distancing” and “Flattening the Curve” are key in garden closure measures. Avoid communications terminology that states we can “prevent” or “eliminate” spread of COVID-19 and emphasize the gardens role in "doing its part to slow the spread and reduce healthcare system impacts” as this language has been more rightly adopted nationwide.
- Gardens should have a business continuity plan and be ready to execute it in order to resume normal operations as quickly as possible. As primarily outdoor and/or open venues with ample fresh air to breathe, our gardens are/will be great places to go to find respite, solace, and peace at these uncertain times. We are great places to practice social distancing techniques and mindfulness!
- Please continue to be prepared, proactive, and positive. Our gardens will emerge and can serve as resilient centers for communities in need of us.
We are continually monitoring the situation but at present our plans remain unchanged for our June 22-26, 2020 Annual Conference in Portland, OR. Please check out the conference website where the full schedule and more information is located and updated daily.