As of now, there are no immediate impacts to the supply side of our business related to the COVID-19 outbreak. All our operations are functioning normally and there are currently no COVID related disruptions threatening the production levels of any of our crops. As fluid as the current situation is, that could change quickly, there are several critical components of the supply chain that could be impacted, but thankfully, as of now, our operations are not affected, and we’re putting mitigation strategies in place to minimize any potential disruptions to our production.
Food production has been classified as an essential industry, exempting us from certain mandated mitigation steps in the event an employee tests positive for COVID-19, but the impact to operations from employees contracting COVID-19 is still an ongoing concern that we are actively managing.
The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Mexico have suspended the processing of H2A visas for new applicants, they will only be processing visas for returning H2A workers, as returning workers do not require an in person interview. Nearly all of our H2A workforce is already in the country, so, as of now, we are not anticipating a significant disruption to our domestic watermelon production from the visa issue.