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CO: Grower adjusts operations to support COVID-19 mitigation efforts

PharmaCielo has made adjustments to its operations in the Rionegro complex. "The new measures are in support of President Duque and the Colombian government’s proactive COVID-19 mitigation efforts, and to protect the health and safety of PharmaCielo’s staff and the community," the team with the company explains.

"New workplace procedures implemented on March 25th reflect the Colombian government’s nationwide essential business policy (Decree 457), which is similar to steps taken by governments in Canada and in accordance with recommendations from global health entities." To protect the health of PharmaCielo’s staff, while maintaining the critical level of operations required to support its designation as an essential business, the Company has taken the following steps:

  • All agronomic-based operations at the greenhouses, lab and processing facility that include breeding, tissue culture, propagation, cultivation, harvest, drying, separation and storage continue to operate but with reduced staff. Operations are being carried out in rotating shifts with the required onsite adjustments to enable the important practice of social distancing. Appropriate protective equipment is already utilized onsite as part of laboratory and processing business activities.
  • All of PharmaCielo’s administrative and support staff are working from home and were provided with the tools and technologies that enable them to telecommute.
  • Staff who work at the indoor extraction facility (industrial operations), will remain on full salary and be required to stay at home.

“Our 450 Colombian employees are our most valuable resource and their safety, health and both mental and financial wellbeing are top priority for us, as well as are the wellbeing of their families and the community,” said David Attard, CEO of PharmaCielo. “As the world unites on both the health and economic fronts to tackle this pandemic, we are doing our part and taking the necessary measures to protect our people while enabling the Company to return to full operations quickly once restrictions are lifted.”

“We will not shy away from taking the bold steps required to address and overcome the challenges presented by COVID-19,” said Andrés Botero, COO of PharmaCielo Colombia Holdings. “As a good corporate citizen, we have a responsibility to our employees, their families, the communities we are a part of and to Colombians at large. As efforts to curb the impact of COVID-19 expand in Colombia, we will continue to fight shoulder-to-shoulder with the government, industry stakeholders and the rest of the country to defeat this virus.”

"PharmaCielo will maintain this routine until April 13th and as long as the Colombian government’s new measures are in effect. The Company will focus efforts in the meantime on the accumulation of substantial dried and milled flower for future processing. Current border shutdowns are affecting international shipping to various markets, and the Company is assessing the impact of potential delays in both equipment import and product export."

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