In a statement, Griffin Greenhouse Supplies announced that it would not be participating in the 2020 California Spring Trials amid the ongoing concerns about COVID-19
“The well-being of our employees is our top priority, and we will continue taking the necessary precautions to ensure their health and safety,” said Brian Sullivan, director of sales for Griffin, per the release. “Out of an abundance of caution, we have taken the decisive step to withdraw our participation at the upcoming CAST event so the health and safety of the people we come in contact with outside of Griffin are not unnecessarily put at risk."
As of publication time, no other company has decided to pull out of CAST due to the coronavirus.
On March 4, California declared a state of emergency after the first death from the coronavirus in the state. As of March 9, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had confirmed 423 cases in the U.S. California, per the CDC, has the second-highest total in the nation at 110. Washington State is first with 136 reported cases.