As reported earlier this week, the U.S. Department of State suspended regular visa processing at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City and all U.S. consulates in Mexico in response to COVID-19. While the Administration did announce they will be prioritizing interview waiver cases for returning H-2A workers, the number of eligible workers under this protocol will still be vastly insufficient to meet the pending demand.

Cory Lunde

WG leaders have been in frequent communication with California officials to provide on-the-ground feedback and help shape the state’s emergency policy responses to the Coronavirus pandemic. CDFA Secretary Karen Ross is leading the Administration’s policy development for agriculture and food production issues during the crisis. At the moment, state health and labor agencies are reviewing worker health, hygiene and sanitation standards to determine whether any additional precautions are needed.

Cory Lunde

Yesterday, government officials issued a shelter-in-place order for six San Francisco Bay Area counties* –Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara – in order to slow the spread of COVID-19.

To stay in effect until April 7th, the order directs the public to stay at home as much as possible, with certain exceptions, such as to get food at grocery stores, fill prescriptions at pharmacies and other essential activities. Additionally, essential government services will remain open, and essential businesses are urged to remain open.

Cory Lunde

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