Grupo Modelo, the company that brews Corona beer in Mexico, was forced to temporarily suspend production as part of the country’s foreclosure measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.
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Mexico declared a health emergency this week and ordered all non-essential services to suspend operations due to the crisis, which has resulted in more than 1,000 infections to date.
The 11 breweries of Grupo Modelo fell under the Mexican definition of a non-essential activity, leaving the company only one choice to stop its activities and to suspend exports of Corona to 180 countries in the world.
The brewer says it is already reducing production and will suspend operations on Sunday. But all is not lost, in love with Corona: the company will leave the breweries so that it can quickly produce more beer if the situation improves.
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“If the federal government deems it appropriate to issue clarifications confirming beer as an agro-industrial product, at Grupo Modelo, we are ready to execute a plan with more than 75% of our staff working at home and guaranteeing at the same time the beer supply, “the company said in a statement.
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Corona beer became a target for viral memes at the start of the new coronavirus crisis before the World Health Organization declared it pandemic.
There were also rumors that people were leaking beer amid fears of the virus, although these were based on a dubious and debunked public relations survey.
There is no connection between beer and the virus. Obviously.
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