The Mexican brewer that makes Corona beer is stopping the production of the popular beverage because the Mexican government has ordered all non-essential businesses closed.
Grupo Modelo, which brews Corona, Modelo, and other beers, posted a statement to Twitter saying operations would be suspended as of Sunday, April 5.
Grupo Modelo acata medidas dictadas por el Gobierno Federal para hacer frente al SARS-CoV2. pic.twitter.com/MXthEGnl5Q
— Grupo Modelo MX (@GrupoModelo_MX) April 3, 2020
“Grupo Modelo abides by measures issued by the Federal Government to deal with SARS-CoV2,” the tweet translates to.
The Mexican government ordered it and other businesses closed to stop the spread of COVID-19. But if the government changes its mind and decides the beer-maker is an essential business, Grupo Modelo is prepared to continue operations with a significant portion of staff working from home.
The company is owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev, which told Daily Hive in a statement that health and safety is its highest priority.
“We continue to work with the Mexican government in this fast-moving environment to resume our operations when appropriate, following the highest standards for protecting our colleagues,” the company said.
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Corona beer shares part of its name with the novel coronavirus (formally SARS-CoV2) that’s responsible for the ongoing global pandemic.
The beer and the virus have nothing to do with each other, except for sharing a name. Corona comes from the Latin word coronam, meaning crown. In the virus’s case, “crown” describes the appearance of the pathogen’s surface under a microscope.