STC Arborists Are Committed to Providing Consistent Care in Times of Calm & Crisis
In response to the COVID-19 crisis on March 23, 2020, Governor Inslee issued an Executive Order called “Stay at Home, Stay Healthy”. To limit infection statewide this order directs all movement to cease except for the business which provide essential services to support critical infrastructure, public safety & well-being. The order provides a list of criteria that classifies essential businesses.
As advised by the states announcement, Seattle Tree Care proactively used their online portal to confirm our company has been deemed an essential business and may continue to operate under the conditions outlined below.
Because there is so much uncertainty during these difficult times – we wanted to take a moment to ensure our clients that we are remaining open for business. In addition to upholding our municipal contracts in the region to respond to hazard trees along our public right of ways, we are still very able to address the tree care needs of our residential & commercial clients.
Seattle Tree Care has been responding to the crisis as soon as the first case hit the news. We have quickly established and implemented social distancing and sanitation measures – as established by the United States Department of Labor’s Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 & the Washington State Department of Health Workplace and Employer Resources & Recommendations.
Both of our professional organizations ISA & TCIA have released a letter outlining how the work we, as arborists, do is work that falls under these criteria. To summarize here are a two of the key components that explain why we as a company recognize our duty to remain open during these times:
- The protection of infrastructure – Vegetation around utility and transmission lines, telecommunications equipment, roads and bridges, and other infrastructure needs to be maintained to ensure there are no interruptions of service or other issues. These operations are essential and need to continue even in times of emergency.
- Maintenance of safety for our communities – By mitigating hazards associated with trees, arborists play a vital role in keeping our communities safe.
From the whole family at Seattle Tree Care we wish you and your loved ones health, and hope that even during these distant times you find ways to feel cared for and care for others.
If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out to us during this time.