NYSNLA COVID-19 Resources

Please Note: NYSNLA is providing this important information to all New York State Nursery and Landscape professionals--not just to our members. It is our association's way of giving back during this emergency--and helping our colleagues across the Empire State. NYSNLA is here for you--and membership offers so much more! If you are not a member, and have been coming to our website for the latest updates and information--or calling the NYSNLA Office to get your questions about the pandemic answered--why not consider joining NYSNLA today! We will welcome you to our ranks! 

Here are New York State COVID-19 Resources & Updates 

Microcluster Guidance - New!

Other Helpful COVID Guidance

New York State's Coronavirus Website  

COVID-19 Travel Advisory
Effective November 4, 2020

  • For travelers who were in another state for more than 24 hours:
    - Travelers must obtain a test within three days of departure from that state.
    - The traveler must, upon arrival in New York, quarantine for three days.
    - On day 4 of their quarantine, the traveler must obtain another COVID test. If both tests comes back negative, the traveler may exit quarantine early upon receipt of the second negative diagnostic test.

  • For travelers who were in another state for less than 24 hours: 
    - The traveler does not need a test prior to their departure from the other state, and does not need to quarantine upon arrival in New York State.
    - However, the traveler must fill out our traveler form upon entry into New York State, and take a COVID diagnostic test 4 days after their arrival in New York.

For general inquiries: 1-888-364-3065


NY-Forward: A Guide to Reopening New York & Building Back Better


Empire State Development - Offers a web portal and FAQ page for individuals and businesses with business-related COVID-19 issues and questions.

COVID-19 Community Contact - Your local health department is your community contact for COVID-19 concerns.   

New York State's Coronavirus Website


Here are NYSNLA COVID-19 Resources

To assist you in being ready for when your Region of the state is allowed to re-open, NYSNLA has compiled its COVID-19 Re-Opening Business Guidelines and Best Management Practices for Horticulture and Landscape Construction. 

NYSNLA COVID-19 Workplace Poster Set is available to our members via your member profile.

Here is a summary of NYSNLA in action during this pandemic:

  • NYSNLA President and Advocacy Committee met weekly (sometimes twice a week or more) with other NYS Farm Bureau Agricultural Alliance Members, NYS Farm Bureau Executive Director and President and NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets.
  • Advocacy Committee updated the NYSNLA Board and Office about the constantly-changing COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions, and helped develop timely e-mail and Social Media communications for the membership.
  • Advocacy Committee developed NYSNLA Best Management Practices document and other guidance for membership.
  • President and Advocacy Committee reached out repeatedly to the Department of Ag & Markets and the Empire State Development Corporation, and specifically to the Western New York Office, to advocate for getting mulch considered "maintenance" and therefore a part of essential services allowed in early stages of shut down. Advocacy Committee also reached out to Cornell and other scientific sources for supporting letters and studies to send to these agencies to make the case for allowing mulching as an essential maintenance activity.
  • Advocacy Committee coordinated with NYSFI, NYS Farm Bureau and State Assembly Agriculture Committee Chair Donna Lupardo repeatedly to correspond with the Governor to release our industry from work restrictions--including sending NYSNLA BMPs to them to advocate for allowing landscaping as a low risk activity in an early phase of reopening.
  • Based on our advocacy, the Governor allowed all landscaping and nursery professionals to go back to work on May 15, 2020--instead of waiting for their respective region to meet the guidelines for re-opening.
  • Advocacy Committee and NYSNLA Staff developed an economic impact study and coordinated with NYSFI to gather statistical data and submitted it to the USDA to advocate for emergency grant funding for our industry. 
  • In addition, the NYSNLA Office answered hundreds of phone calls at the height of quarantine and took time to make sure that our members, supporters and colleagues received the information they needed.