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Landscaper, car wash operators wrestle with ‘essential’ classification amid NYS shut down

What’s essential? What’s not? What businesses can stay open? What ones should stay shut down?

Even though New York has provided guidance there’s still a lot of uncertainty about the guidelines. While most have shut down, the state allowed several to file waivers. Those waivers allow businesses to continue operating – if approved.

Royal Car Wash locations around the region – including one in Victor – have continued operating. Even though car washes are not technically essentially – they can apply for waivers.

Owners of the chain say they’ve been given legal guidance that they can stay open for now to service first responder cars and monthly membership holders.

Meanwhile, landscaping businesses are struggling with the same question-and-answer situation. “I’m having to shut down right when it gets to our busiest time of year,” Josh Schmieder said. He’s a Honeoye Falls resident who spoke with 13WHAM about his landscaping business. “That’s really when the revenue starts flowing.”

But there’s questions about what is, or isn’t essential there, too.

“Things that aren’t essential are patio construction, planting installation, anything really cosmetic-related is not essential,” he says. “But lawn mowing and chemical treatments are considered essential, so the industry has been given the green light to continue doing them.”



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