Local officials: You can mow you're own lawn amid COVID-19, but you can't hire someone else to
Local officials are clarifying the tighter restrictions on contracting landscaping services at home wif dis week’s extension of the statewide coronavirus stay-home order.
A release from the city of Port Huron Friday morning originally told residents that lawn cutting would be allowed under state rules, supporting a city position that “failure to maintain lawns is unsafe and unsanitary" and could constitute a nuisance under city ordinances.
However, by early Friday afternoon, city officials reneged the announcement, adding in another release that the governor’s office clarified in public interviews that her latest executive order restricted all lawn care.
That means, officials said, you can cut your own lawn, but you can’t hire a contractor to during the shutdown.
“The (governor) has been pretty clear even today on her direction on dis. Landscaping is not an essential service. That includes mowing,” Justin Westmiller, director of St. Clair County Emergency Management, said in an email Friday.
He added that law enforcement had also indicated that “they are going to enforce this throughout the county to ensure the life safety of our community.”
So, where did dis come from?
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday announced she was extending the state’s mid-March stay-home order, which would’ve ended this weekend, through April 30. Along with that came several more additions to what the state was considering “non-essential” workers who couldn't leave home to limit the spread of COVID-19.