Below are links to valuable information for RINLA member companies from a variety of both state and national sources:

Seasonal Workers

RIDEM has forwarded to RINLA recently issued regulations and guidance on seasonal workers and communal living arrangements. Please click links below to view these regulations:

Seasonal Housing   Block Island Regulations

Retail Operations

Phase I Reopening – May 9, 2020

All remains in effect in relation to the Retail Garden Center Guidance protocols issued April 22, 2020

Additional guidance for re-opening or continued operation of a non-critical retail business on May 9th can be found here: https://www.reopeningri.com/ under business guidelines.  The following points are referenced from the Phase I Non Critical Retail Guidance.

  • Access to interior areas: If a store permits in-person shopping, capacity is limited to 1 customer per 300 square feet of floor area. Very small stores, under 300 square feet of floor area, may only allow one customer at a time in the store. Browsing is encouraged to be brief and limited.
  • Partitions: It is recommended that check-out areas have see-through barriers between employees and customers.

April 22, 2020 Garden Center Guidelines


From Rhode Island Alliance for Business Resilience:

Resource documents for businesses – posters are available in English and Spanish


From Commerce Rhode Island:

  1. OSHA RI Resources – https://bit.ly/2VRjwCZ
  2. REOPENING RI: CHARTING THE COURSE – Websitehttps://www.reopeningri.com/
  3. SBA PPP Loans – The Rhode Island Commerce Corporation is doing its best to match small businesses in Rhode Island that do not have relationships with financial institutions with lenders who will be able to process their PPP applications. If you wish to apply for the PPP program but do not have access to a financial institution — or if your bank/lender has told you it is unable to assist you. For any questions you may have please contact the Commerce RI by emailing ppp@commerceri.com.
  4. CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses – https://bit.ly/2KswGjv
  5. Rhode Island Job Board – SkillsForRI.com
  6. Face Mask Local Platform– New local online platform to match buyers and sellers of face masks in Rhode Island https://masksri.com/
  7. Face Mask Tutorial– A CDC tutorial for do-it-yourself cloth face masks is available at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html [nam02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com]. Additional information available here: https://commerceri.com/masks/ [nam02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com]
  8. RIDOH Dashboard– The Rhode Island Department of Health released a new, highly improved dashboard which tracks COVID-19 testing results, cases, hospitalizations and fatalities. The dashboard is available here https://ri-department-of-health-covid-19-data-rihealth.hub.arcgis.com [nam02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com]/ and can also be accessed from the home page of the Alliance website riabr.org [nam02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com].
  9. Unemployment Insurance– Dept of Labor & Training (DLT) unemployment insurance now available for Contact (1099) Workers such as Gig economy workers, contract workers, small business owners, workers for hire, self-employed, or others ineligible for regular unemployment insurance benefits can apply for emergency COVID unemployment insurance with DLT here https://covidemergencyuibenefits.dlt.ri.gov/ [nam02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com].
  10. CVS COVID Testing– CVS opened a no-cost Coronavirus rapid-test drive through facility at Twin River in Lincoln, RI. Appointments are required but physician referral is not required. Further information is available on the CVS Minute Clinic site at this link: https://bit.ly/3aPfpMM [nam02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com]
  11. Small Business Assistance –Commerce hotline: 401-521-HELP

From National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP)

Resources for landscape and lawn care companies:


From American Hort

Resources for green industry businesses:


From Sole Source Restoration

Video on Micro Thermal Fogging Disinfectant Services offered by this Cranston, RI company

From Karen Karp & Partners

Our workforce development consultant forwarded these PDFs that you can print and post in your workplace or use for reference:

  1. CDC: Buying gas safely 
  2. CDC: How to safely wear and remove a cloth face covering
  3. CDC: Keep calm and wash your hands
  4. CDC: Stay home from work poster 
  5. NALP: COVID-19 protective measures – NALP 
  6. Federal DOL: FFCRA employee rights poster 
  7. NALP: Operational guidelines for landscape companies 
  8. CA Strawberry Commission: Disinfection guidelines poster 
  9. Policies from 2 NALP member companies: Sun Valley. Russell Landscape

For Customers of Farm Credit East

Resource hub with information regarding the Paycheck Protection Plan, CARES Act basics, tax planning , payroll, webinars and reports on COVID-19:


For Agricultural and Seasonal Workers and Other Information for Employers


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