As COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, many in our industry are feeling the impact. It’s understandable that some feel like they’re in a state of limbo, wondering what they can do, what to avoid, and how to address certain needs. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s March 19 announcement ordering non-essential businesses close and for residents to stay home except for a handful of reasons (grocery shopping, healthcare, etc) added to that uncertainty.
A few recent announcements detailed below hope to put some of that anxiety at ease. In the mean time, our laboratories in California and Oregon are still open as we take proactive measures to ensure the safety of our employees, valued clients, and those in the industry.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH):
Mar 20, 2020 | Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers (pdf)
Cannabis industry workers are deemed essential “to maintain continuity of operations of essential critical infrastructure sectors and additional sectors as the State Public Health Officer may designate as critical to protect health and well-being of all Californians.”
CDPH Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch:
Mar 20, 2020 | COVID-19 Updates for Cannabis Manufacturers
“To continue to ensure the integrity of products, it is important that employees handling cannabis or cannabis products continue to follow good manufacturing practices (GMPs), as required by regulation. GMPs include safe handling practices to prevent contamination, such as washing hands and work surfaces, wearing clean outer clothing, and any precautions necessary to prevent allergen cross-contact or other contamination…. please do what you can to limit exposure to other employees, and follow all social distancing and safety instructions provided by your local and state public health departments.”
The Bureau of Cannabis Control:
Mar 21, 2020 | Notice Regarding COVID-19 And Commercial Cannabis Businesses
“Because cannabis is an essential medicine for many residents, licensees may continue to operate at this time so long as their operations comply with local rules and regulations. Any licensee that continues to operate must adopt social distancing and anti-congregating measures and must follow the CDC’s Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease at all times.”