March 24, 2020

Stay-home order for coronavirus exempts Modesto-area food plants. Wine and beer, too

Thousands of people can still work at Modesto-area food and beverage plants despite Thursday’s stay-home order from the state. 

Gov. Gavin Newsom exempted “essential” businesses from his edict aimed at controlling the coronavirus. They include farms and ranches, along with dairy and poultry plants, nut processors, canneries and other workplaces that turn the raw goods into consumer products.

Wine and beer producers are among the exempt businesses, which is welcome news to home-bound folks who could use an evening glass. The Modesto area accounts for much of the nation’s wine volume. Also, craft beer is an up-and-coming venture here.Read more

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