Grupo Modelo, which produces and exports Corona beer, will be suspending production after breweries were deemed non-essential by the Mexican government.
“In the event that the federal government considers it opportune to issue a guarantee confirming beer as an [essential] agro-industrial product, at Grupo Modelo we are ready to execute a plan with more than 75 percent of our staff working from home and at the same time guaranteeing the supply of beer,” the statement continued.
The Mexican government declared a health emergency and ordered the suspension of all nonessential activities. The number of CCP virus cases increased to 1,500 as of Friday. Fifty deaths have been reported.
Food production and agriculture in Mexico are considered essential activities.
Grupo Modelo's parent company is brewing giant Anheuser Busch InBev.
Since the start of the CCP virus crisis, Corona beer has become the punchline of memes and jokes. Rumors have said that sales of the beer dropped by a significant amount since the start of the outbreak.