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COVID-19 affects Cigar Production around the Globe

Cigar Journal took a look at cigar factories around the world.

Cuba
The first Covid-19 cases are confirmed in Cuba. Up to now there are no restrictions. The cigar factories are still producing. Factory tours have been discontinued. There is no entry ban for tourists, yet.

Dominican Republic
All cigar factories are open and producing.

Nicaragua
Nicaragua’s cigar factories are still running. Hygienic protection is more important than ever, Fred Vandermarliere from Oliva and Nestor Plasencia from Plasencia Cigars told Cigar Journal.

Honduras
All factories are closed.

Mexico
The factories are still open.

USA
„Our historic J.C. Newman El Reloj factory Tampa remains open. We continue to roll cigars there every day, although we have stopped offering tours and cancelled meetings and outside visitors”, Drew Newman told Cigar Journal via mail. „All of the factories are taking additional measures to promote personal hygiene and keep things clean, and the operational status of our factories may change depending upon government recommendations or requirements in the coming week“, Mr. Newman adds.

Belgium
J. Cortès factory is still producing cigars, but has sent home older workers, those considered risk groups or those who have family members in risk groups. Those who are still needed in the factory and shipping department continue to work.

Sri Lanka
The factories are closed until Thursday, March 19, 2020.

Katja Gnann

She learned her journalistic skills from scratch at a regional daily newspaper, for which she wrote articles for many years. Through working for the magazine Der Spiegel in Rome she had the opportunity to increase her professional knowledge in the field of media. Katja studied art history and Romance studies in Heidelberg, Palermo and Rome and, during the course of her studies, spent many years in Italy. The country was her teacher in things related to pleasure and lifestyle. She has been working for Cigar Journal since 2004. In 2010 she became editor-in-chief.


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