Bits and BobsMexico’s famous Corona beer is stopping production – on government orders

Bad news for beer lovers – it isn’t an essential item

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No cheers for Corona as the Mexican beer faces a shutdown.
No cheers for Corona as the Mexican beer faces a shutdown. Photo Credit: ProStock-Studio/iStock/GettyImages Plus

MEXICO CITY - Mexico's Grupo Modelo will stop brewing Corona beer and other brands exported to 180 countries after its activities were declared non-essential under a government order aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19.

"If the federal government considers it appropriate to issue some clarification 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 from home and at the same time guaranteeing the supply of beer," the brewery said in a statement. Grupo Modelo operates 11 breweries in Mexico.

In Australia, boutique distillers of gin, vodka and whisky which have closed their tasting rooms to visitors have turned to making hand sanitizer from their stocks of alcohol.

One of many distillers producing hand sanitizer, Archie Rose in Sydney, sold out of its first batch of 4,500 units of 500ml bottles in less than an hour.

Archie Rose said the production of hand sanitizer will help keep many of the company’s more than 20 hospitality workers in employment.

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