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Posted on: April 10, 2020

Guidance Regarding the State’s Stay at Home Orders and Ways to be Sensitive to Your Neighbors

The Maryland Department of Health has issued guidance for compliance with the Governor’s most recent stay at home orders.  The guidance can be found at:  https://phpa.health.maryland.gov/Documents/FAQ_covid19_stay_home_isolation_033120.pdf

Among many scenarios addressed in this guidance is whether landscape crews may continue to work.  While landscape and yard maintenance contractors have been deemed essential under the Governor’s orders, homeowners who employ these contractors have and should use their discretion in deciding whether their work and the nature of their work is indeed “essential”.

During these unique circumstances when neighbors are home and many are working or participating in distance learning, residents are urged to consult with their construction and landscape contractors to be sensitive to the noise their work produces, which can be highly disruptive to these new routines.  Contractors should be asked to look for ways to minimize the severity and duration of noise-producing activities. 

In particular, landscape contractors should be reminded that blowing of leaves and yard waste is not necessary and neighbors would greatly appreciate the reprieve from the crews of blowers working throughout the community*.  Residents may also choose to limit landscape work, but continue to pay crews until the stay at home orders are lifted as many of the workers may be dependent on this income for their family’s livelihood. 

Thank you for your efforts to remain sensitive to your neighbors as we all try to cope under these unique circumstances.

*Village police continue to actively enforce the 70 dBA (decibel level) limit for leaf blowers (per Montgomery County Code, which applies in the Village), which can often be exceeded by multiple blowers being operated simultaneously.

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