Tea origin responses to Covid-19 outbreak

The Tea Association of the USA has issued the following update on origin tea countries’ responses to the Covid-19 pandemic:


Sri Lanka:

  • Continuing under safety precautions within the curfew period
  • People can engage in the agricultural sector including the tea sector
  • Government directive that tea production must continue still stands
  • For more information, visit: http://www.srilankateaboard.lk/


  • Kenya now has 28 confirmed cases of coronavirus, the second highest in the region after Rwanda that has 41
  • “Social distancing is now our new norm, it is our new way of life,” President Kenyatta said on 25 March. He also announced a nationwide nighttime curfew.
  • Exempted are organisations rendering critical and essential services which include food dealers and transporters of farm produce
  • Tea producers have taken it that they are exempt as well and are currently seeking further clarification from the government
  • For more information, visit: https://agricultureauthority.go.ke/


  • China reported no new domestic cases of coronavirus for three consecutive days (18-20 March) and has resumed work and production in every sector
  • Tea production is at full capacity
  • Foreign airlines have been limited to one flight per week as of 22 March
  • Government is beginning to allow internal travel and a return to work in light of several days of no new cases


  • On 20 March, the Argentine government announced a lockdown through 31 March
  • For more information, visit:

The Tea Association of the USA will continue to share updates on tea origins, and tea industry overall, as information is available.

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