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COVID-19 Regulation Updates

Written by Vicky Daley
on March 20, 2020

For the countries and American states listed below, Libryo is using its regulatory tracking technology to keep live blogs of new law relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic. Click below on the country/ state blog you'd like to view COVID-19 regulation updates for:

 North America:
- Bermuda COVID-19 Regulation Updates
- California, USA COVID-19 Regulation Updates
- Canada COVID-19 Regulation Updates
Cayman Islands COVID-19 Regulation Updates
- Florida, USA COVID-19 Regulation Updates
- Georgia, USA COVID-19 Regulation Updates
- Illinois, USA COVID-19 Regulation Updates 
- New Jersey, USA COVID-19 Regulation Updates 
- New York, USA COVID-19 Regulation Updates 
- Texas, USA COVID-19 Regulation Updates
- Washington, USA COVID-19 Regulation Updates 
South America:
- Argentina COVID-19 Regulation Updates
Asia:
- China COVID-19 Regulation Updates
- India COVID-19 Regulation Updates
- Singapore COVID-19 Regulation Updates
- Turkey COVID-19 Regulation Updates
Oceania:
- Australia COVID-19 Regulation Updates
Europe:
- Austria COVID-19 Regulation Updates 
- Belgium COVID-19 Regulation Updates
- England COVID-19 Regulation Updates
- European Union COVID-19 Regulation Updates
- France COVID-19 Regulation Updates
- Germany COVID-19 Regulation Updates
- Great Britain COVID-19 Regulation Updates
- Luxembourg COVID-19 Regulation Updates
- Netherlands COVID-19 Regulation Updates
- Republic of Ireland COVID-19 Regulation Updates
- Scotland COVID-19 Regulation Updates
- Wales COVID-19 Regulation Updates
Africa:
- Botswana COVID-19 Regulation Updates
- Kenya COVID-19 Regulation Updates
- Lesotho COVID-19 Regulation Updates
- Namibia COVID-19 Regulation Updates
- South Africa COVID-19 Regulation Updates
- Swaziland COVID-19 Regulation Updates
- Uganda COVID-19 Regulation Updates
- Zambia COVID-19 Regulation Updates
 

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Live COVID-19 regulations updates from countries around the world

 

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From 15th April, all live updates will be made in the country blogs listed above, instead of this page. Please select the country that you'd like to view the latest COVID-19 regulation for. 

 

Last Updated: Tuesday 14 April 2020

unnamed-2South Africa

Disaster Management Act 57 of 2002: Directions issued in terms of Regulation 10 (8) of the Regulations made under Section 27 (2) of the Act: Measures to Prevent and Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Highlight:

The Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy has published Directions in order to ensure fair processes, relating to licensing, consultation, appeals and compliance processes and reporting requirements during the lockdown period.

The Directions apply to:

-various functionaries exercising powers or performing functions relating to the processes listed in paragraph 5 of the Notice
-all applicants, appellants, holders of rights in terms of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 28 of 2002, companies and interested and affected parties involved in various processes; and
-any other party involved in the processes listed in paragraph 5 of the Notice.

These Directions are effective from 11 April 2020 (the date of publication in the Government Gazette). 

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Published in terms of Disaster Management Act 57 Of 2002

Gazette Number: GG43227

Notice Number: GN462

Publication Date: 11 April 2020

Effective Date: 11 April 2020

Source: http://www.gpwonline.co.za

Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Government Printing Works


 

BelgiumBelgium

Coronavirus (COVID-19): 25 MARS 2020. - Arrêté royal rendant obligatoire la convention collective de travail n° 147 du 18 mars 2020, conclue au sein du Conseil national du Travail, établissant un régime de suspension totale de l'exécution du contrat de travail et/ou un régime de travail à temps réduit en cas de manque de travail résultant de causes économiques pour les employés en raison de la crise du coronavirus [MARCH 25, 2020. - Royal decree making compulsory collective labor agreement n ° 147 of March 18, 2020, concluded within the National Labor Council, establishing a regime of total suspension of the performance of the employment contract and / or a regime reduced-time work due to lack of work due to economic reasons for employees due to the coronavirus crisis]

Highlight:

The Minister of Employment has published the Decree, which limits the duration of suspension of the employment contract.

When a company applies this collective labor agreement, the duration of the total and partial suspension of the employment contract may not exceed, per calendar year, the maximum duration of sixteen weeks in the event of total suspension of the contract and twenty-six weeks in case of reduced-time work arrangements.

The employee, subject to a total suspension of the execution of the employment contract and / or a reduced-time work regime in case of lack of work resulting from economic causes, will receive, at the employer's expense, 5 EUR per day of unemployment.

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Publication Date: 10 April 2020

Effective Date: 10 April 2020

Source: http://www.ejustice.just.fgov.be/eli/arrete/2020/03/25/2020201593/moniteur

Copyright: © 2020 Belgische Federale Overheidsdiensten


 

BelgiumBelgium

7 AVRIL 2020. - Arrêté du Gouvernement de la Région de Bruxelles-Capitale de pouvoirs spéciaux n° 2020/013 relatif à une aide en vue de l'indemnisation des entreprises affectées par les mesures d'urgence pour limiter la propagation du coronavirus COVID-19 [APRIL 7, 2020. - Order of the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region of special powers n ° 2020/013 relating to aid for the compensation of companies affected by emergency measures to limit the spread of the COVID coronavirus- 19]

Highlight:

The Minister of the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region, in charge of the Economy, the Climate Transition, the Environment, Energy and Participatory Democracy has published the Decree, providing for aid.

This aid consists of a lump sum premium of 4,000 euros for companies forced to close following the measures. These include restaurants and cafes, but also hotels and take-out restaurants that must close their dining rooms. These measures have been gradually tightened, now involving almost the entire retail sector, with a few exceptions for essential services.

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Publication Date: 7 April 2020

Effective Date: 7 April 2020

Source: http://www.ejustice.just.fgov.be/eli/arrete/2020/04/07/2020030566/moniteur

Copyright: © 2020 Belgische Federale Overheidsdiensten


 

BelgiumBelgium

9 AVRIL 2020. - Arrêté royal n° 4 portant des dispositions diverses en matière de copropriété et de droit des sociétés et des associations dans le cadre de la lutte contre la pandémie Covid-19 [APRIL 9, 2020. - Royal decree n ° 4 laying down various provisions in terms of co-ownership and company and association law in the context of the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic]

Highlight:

The The Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Justice and Minister of European Affairs, responsible for the Régie des Bâtiments has published the Royal Decree which allows the meeting to continue, but in a manner compatible with the measures taken in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, while allowing shareholders and members to exercise their right to vote.

The administrative body is empowered to decide that shareholders or members can only vote remotely in combination with proxy voting.

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Publication Date: 9 April 2020

Effective Date: 9 April 2020

Source: http://www.ejustice.just.fgov.be/eli/arrete/2020/04/09/2020020781/moniteur

Copyright: © 2020 Belgische Federale Overheidsdiensten


 

BelgiumBelgium

9 AVRIL 2020. - Arrêté royal n° 4 portant des dispositions diverses en matière de copropriété et de droit des sociétés et des associations dans le cadre de la lutte contre la pandémie Covid-19 [APRIL 9, 2020. - Royal decree n ° 4 laying down various provisions in terms of co-ownership and company and association law in the context of the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic]

Highlight:

The The Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Justice and Minister of European Affairs, responsible for the Régie des Bâtiments has published the Royal Decree which allows the meeting to continue, but in a manner compatible with the measures taken in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, while allowing shareholders and members to exercise their right to vote.

The administrative body is empowered to decide that shareholders or members can only vote remotely in combination with proxy voting.

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Publication Date: 9 April 2020

Effective Date: 9 April 2020

Source: http://www.ejustice.just.fgov.be/eli/arrete/2020/04/09/2020020781/moniteur

Copyright: © 2020 Belgische Federale Overheidsdiensten


 

unnamed-2South Africa

Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act 130 of 1993: Increase of Maximum Amount of Earnings on which the Assessment of an Employer shall be calculated

Highlight:

The Minister of Employment and Labour has increased the amount of earnings on which the assessment of the employer is to be calculated in terms of the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act, 130 of 1993.

R484 200.00 per annum has been prescribed as the maximum amount on which an assessment of an employer is to be calculated on, with effect 01 March 2020.

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Published in terms of Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act, 130 of 1993 (COIDA)

Gazette Number: GG43220

Notice Number: GN243

Publication Date: 9 April 2020

Effective Date: 1 March 2020

Source: http://www.gpwonline.co.za

Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Government Printing Works


 

auAustralia

Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Payments and Benefits) Act 2020

Highlight:

The Parliament of Australia has published an Act which provides financial support to entities directly or indirectly affected by COVID‑19, by:

-providing rules for payments by the Commonwealth to an entity
-setting out the method of making coronavirus economic response payments
-stipulating general interest charges on overpayment debts and
-setting out an entity's responsibility to keep adequate records in order to receive payment.

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Published in terms of Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

Gazette Number: No. 37, 2020

Publication Date: 9 April 2020

Effective Date: 9 April 2020

Source: https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2020A00037

© Copyright Australian government Government. All rights reserved.


 

ArgentinaArgentina

Creación del Programa para la Emergencia Financiera Provincial para asistir financieramente a las provincias por las necesidades ocasionadas por la epidemia de Covid-19 [Creation of the Provincial Financial Emergency Program to financially assist the provinces for the needs caused by the Covid-19 epidemic]

Highlight:

The President of Argentina has published the Decree which creates a Provincial Financial Emergency Program. 

The National State will transfer to the fiduciary fund for provincial development the sum of pesos 60 billion ($ 60,000,000,000), within the framework of this program.

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Publication Date: 9 April 2020

Effective Date: 9 April 2020

Source: saij.gob.ar

Copyright: © 2020 Government of Argentina. All rights reserved 


 

CanadaCanada

Interim Communicable Disease Control Guidelines for Industrial Camps

Highlight:

The British Columbia Centre for Disease Control has published a Guide highlighting key communicable disease preparedness and response measures that can be taken by industrial camps in relation to COVID-19.

The Guide is independent of and does not negate WorkSafe BC or Industrial Camps Regulation requirements, and:

-states how COVID-19 is spread
-details the need to keep staff and camp residents informed
-provides a plan on how to manage individuals with suspected COVID-19 infection
-requires the notification of an outbreak or suspected outbreak to the local Medical Health Officer
-suggests the implementation of physical distancing and regular cleaning and disinfection; and
-lists considerations and recommendations for on-site medical clinics.

This guidance is also based upon current knowledge and it should be understood that guidance is subject to change as new data become available and new developments arise with this new virus.

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Published in terms of British Columbia Environmental Management Act

Publication Date: 30 March 2020

Effective Date: 30 March 2020

Source: http://www.bccdc.ca/Health-Info-Site/Documents/COVID-19-guidelines-industrial-camps.pdf

Copyright © 2020 Provincial Health Services Authority.


 

unnamed-2South Africa

Nursing Act 33 of 2005: Notice regarding Fees payable to the Council in terms of the Regulations regarding Fees and Fines payable to the South African Nursing Council

Highlight:

The Registrar and CEO of the South African Nursing Council has published amendments to the Regulations Regarding Fees and Fines Payable to the South African Nursing Council, 2013 by including a paragraph detailing that any Nurse Practitioner who wishes to be restored to the register for the sole purpose of rendering health services during the COVID-19 National State of Disaster in the:

-Prevention of COVID-19 and/or
-Prevention of the spread of COVID-19 and/or
-Treatment of patients affected by COVID-19

for the period of the declared National State Disaster shall pay a restoration fee of R 0.00.

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Published in terms of Nursing Act, 33 of 2005

Gazette Number: GG43223

Notice Number: GN52

Publication Date: 9 April 2020

Effective Date: 9 April 2020

Source: http://www.gpwonline.co.za

Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Government Printing Works


 

auAustralia

Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus (Measures No. 2) Act 2020

Highlight:

The Parliament of Australia has published an Act which makes temporary changes to the Fair Work Act 2009 and other legislation to assist the Australian people to keep their jobs and maintain their connection to employers during the economic downturn and work restrictions arising from the COVID‑19 pandemic by:

-authorising an employer who qualifies for the jobkeeper scheme to give a "jobkeeper enabling stand down direction" to an employee (including to reduce hours of work)
-authorising an employer who qualifies for the jobkeeper scheme to give a direction to an employee about the duties they are to perform or where they are to work
-authorising an employer who qualifies for the jobkeeper scheme and an employee to make an agreement in relation to the days or times when the employee is to work or take annual leave, including at half pay
-providing that an employer who qualifies for the jobkeeper scheme must consult an employee before giving a direction
-providing that a direction given by an employer who qualifies for the jobkeeper scheme to an employee does not apply to the employee if the direction is unreasonable and unless the employer reasonably believes the direction is necessary to continue the employment of one or more employees and
-providing other safeguards relating to directions given by employers who qualify for the jobkeeper scheme.

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Published in terms of Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

Gazette Number: No. 38, 2020

Publication Date: 9 April 2020

Effective Date: 9 April 2020

Source: https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2020A00038

© Copyright Australian government Government. All rights reserved.


 

CanadaCanada

Preventing exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace: A guide for employers

Highlight:

WorkSafeBC has published a Guide for employers relating to the prevention of workplace exposure to COVID-19.

The Guide aims to provide clarity to the orders and directives regarding minimum workplace standards of the provincial health officer (PHO) and the British Columbia Centre of Disease Control.

It is suggested that employers in the jurisdiction of British Columbia address health and safety concerns in the workplace by:

-identifying exposure hazards and developing measures to control exposure
-controlling the number of people on site; and
-implementing certain prohibitions on workers who are sick and those returning from outside Canada.

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Published in terms of British Columbia Environmental Management Act

Publication Date: 31 March 2020

Effective Date: 31 March 2020

Source: https://www.worksafebc.com/en/resources/about-us/guides/preventing-exposure-to-covid-19-in-the-workplace?lang=en

WorkSafeBC © Copyright 2020


Last Updated: Friday 9 April 2020

ZambiaZambia

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Public Health (Infected Areas) (Coronavirus Disease 2019) Regulations, 2020

Highlight:

The Minister of Health of the Republic of Zambia has published Regulations intended to control and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the Republic.

The Regulations which have been published In terms of the Public Health Act on your Libryo:

-provide for the converting of a suitable building to a COVID-19 hospital, observation camp or station
-prohibit persons from leaving a COVID-19 hospital, observation camp or station without permission of an authorised officer
-require compulsory notification of cases / suspected cases and
-restrict the number of attendees of a public ceremony or gathering within an infected area.

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Published in terms of Public Health Act

Gazette Number: Supplement to the Republic of Zambia Government Gazette

Notice Number: Statutory Instrument No. 22 of 2020

Publication Date: 13 March 2020

Effective Date: 13 March 2020

Source: http://www.parliament.gov.zm/

Copyright: © 2020 National Assembly of Zambia


 

ZambiaZambia

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Public Health (Notifiable Infectious Disease) (Declaration) Notice, 2020

Highlight:

The Minister of Health of the Republic of Zambia has published a notice declaring Coronavirus Disease 2019 a notifiable infectious disease.

This Notice is published in terms of the Public Health Act on your Libryo.

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Published in terms of Public Health Act

Gazette Number: Supplement to the Republic of Zambia Government Gazette

Notice Number: Statutory Instrument No. 21 of 2020

Publication Date: 13 March 2020

Effective Date: 13 March 2020

Source: http://www.parliament.gov.zm/

Copyright: © 2020 National Assembly of Zambia


 

Cayman-Islands-iconCayman islands

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Public Health (Prevention, Control and Suppression of Covid-19) (Ticket) Regulations, 2020.

Highlight:

The Cabinet of Cayman Islands has published Regulations that detail tickets for offences under the Public Health (Prevention, Control and Suppression of Covid-19) Regulations, 2020.

The Regulations are effective from 07 April 2020, and will expire at a date as may be specified by Cabinet and notified in the Gazette.

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Gazette Number: SL 32 of 2020

Publication Date: 6 April 2020

Effective Date: 7 April 2020

Source: http://www.gov.ky/portal/page/portal/cighome

Copyright: © Copyright Cayman Islands Government. All rights reserved.


 

atAustria

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Richtlinien über die Ergreifung von finanziellen Maßnahmen, die zur Erhaltung der Zahlungsfähigkeit und zur Überbrückung von Liquiditätsschwierigkeiten von Unternehmen im Zusammenhang mit der Ausbreitung des Erregers SARS-CoV-2 und den dadurch verursachten wirtschaftlichen Auswirkungen geboten sind [Guidelines for taking financial measures to maintain solvency and to bridge liquidity difficulties for companies in connection with the spread of the pathogen SARS-CoV-2 and the resulting economic effects]

Highlight:

The Federal Minister of Finance has published an Ordinance that announces that the COVID-19 financing agency of the federal government, in line with the specified Guidelines, has taken the financial measures necessary to mitigate the economic effects of the outbreak of the coronavirus on companies by:

-maintaining their solvency
-bridging liquidity difficulties.

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Published in terms of Körperschaftsteuergesetz [Austrian Corporate Income Tax Act]

Gazette Number: BGBl. II No. 143/2020

Publication Date: 8 April 2020

Effective Date: 9 April 2020

Source: https://www.ris.bka.gv.at/

Copyright: © 2019 Bundesministerium für Digitalisierung und Wirtschaftsstandort


 

Cayman-Islands-iconCayman islands

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Public Health (Prevention, Control and Suppression of Covid-19) (Amendment) Regulations, 2020

Highlight:

The Minister of Health has published Regulations that amend the Public Health (Prevention, Control and Suppression of Covid-19) Regulations, 2020.

The amendments deal with the shelter in place order and restriction on certain essential travel.

The amending Regulations will cease on the expiration of the Public Health (Prevention, Control and Suppression of Covid-19) Regulations, 2020.

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Gazette Number: SL 31 of 2020

Publication Date: 6 April 2020

Effective Date: 6 April 2020

Source: http://www.gov.ky/portal/page/portal/cighome

Copyright: © Copyright Cayman Islands Government. All rights reserved.


 

SwazilandSwaziland

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Permits for Eswatini Essential Industries

Highlight:

The Minister for Commerce, Industry and Trade of the Kingdom of Eswatini has published a statement regarding the Permits for Eswatini Essential Industries which the Ministry shall be issuing during the ongoing partial lockdown.

The statement details the application process for the permits which are being issued to industries servicing the domestic market, and conducting cross border trade.

The permits:

-intend to assist essential industries to operate efficiently
-may need to be produced when required by Government officials and
-will help cross-border traders with smooth passage into and out of neighbouring countries.

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Published in terms of Swaziland - Constitution [SWZ]

Publication Date: 3 April 2020

Effective Date: 3 April 2020

Source: http://www.gov.sz/

© 2020 The Government Of the Kingdom Of Eswatini. All Rights Reserved.


 

auAustralia

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Disaster Management (Extension of Disaster Situation—COVID-19) Regulation 2020

Highlight:

The Governor in Council has published a Regulation that extends the disaster situation by 14 days from the day it is issued.

The extension is necessary to ensure government powers are available to appropriately address the risks to the health of the Queensland community, in light of the longer term nature of COVID-19 and its potential impacts.

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Gazette Number: 2020 No. 49

Publication Date: 3 April 2020

Effective Date: 3 April 2020

Source: https://www.worksafe.qld.gov.au/news/2020

Copyright: © State of Queensland (WorkCover Queensland) 2020

 


 

SwazilandSwaziland

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Eswatini COVID-19 Essential Services As Regulated

Highlight:

The Minister for Commerce, Industry and Trade of Eswatini has published a statement regarding COVID-19 Essential Services.

In an attempt to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the statement notes the essential industries that will continue to operate during the period of the partial lockdown.

The provisions of the statement are in line with the requirements prescribed by The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Regulations, 2020 and state that:

-all businesses and entities involved in the manufacturing, supply or provision of essential goods or services will cease to operate from 03 April 2020 and for the duration of the partial lockdown and
-South Africa has imposed further restrictions on their trade regulations and will not accept any trade in non-essential goods during this time.

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Published in terms of Swaziland - Constitution [SWZ]

Publication Date: 2 April 2020

Effective Date: 2 April 2020

Source: http://www.gov.sz/

© 2020 The Government Of the Kingdom Of Eswatini. All Rights Reserved.


 

SwazilandSwaziland

Coronavirus (COVID-19): General Guidelines for All Industries

Highlight:

The Minister for Commerce, Industry and Trade of the Kingdom of Eswatini has published Guidelines providing principles within which businesses shall operate during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Guidelines:

-list industries which are recommended to continue operating as normal under World Health Organization (WHO) and Ministry of Health guidelines
-encourage businesses not mentioned in the above-mentioned list and which are not bars or bottle stores, to scale down by minimising working hours and
-expect businesses that cannot comply to WHO and Ministry of Health guidelines to shut down until the situation normalises.

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Published in terms of Swaziland - Constitution [SWZ]

Publication Date: 25 March 2020

Effective Date: 25 March 2020

Source: http://www.gov.sz/

© 2020 The Government Of the Kingdom Of Eswatini. All Rights Reserved.


 

SwazilandSwaziland

Coronavirus (COVID-19): The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Regulations, 2020

Highlight:

The Deputy Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Eswatini has published Regulations which provide measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the kingdom by:

-requiring compulsory notification on suspected cases
-implementing restrictions/limitations on internal and cross-border travel
-restricting and prohibiting public gatherings and
-stating offences and penalties for non-compliance therewith.

The Regulations also include consumer protection provisions to safeguard consumers from the effects of the pandemic.

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Published in terms of Swaziland - Constitution [SWZ]

Gazette Number: Vol. LVII, No. 53

Notice Number: No. 72 of 2020

Publication Date: 27 March 2020

Effective Date: 27 March 2020

Source: http://www.gov.sz/

© 2020 The Government Of the Kingdom Of Eswatini. All Rights Reserved.


 

atAustria

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Änderung der Verordnung über die Einstellung des Schienenverkehrs zu Italien, der Schweiz und Liechtenstein aufgrund des Ausbruches von SARS-CoV-2 [Amendments to the regulation on the termination of rail transport to Italy, Switzerland and Liechtenstein due to the outbreak of SARS-CoV-2]

Highlight:

The Federal Minister for Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection has published an Amendment Regulation that extends the period when rail transport to Italy, Switzerland and Liechtenstein from Austria will be stopped to 30 April 2020.

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Published in terms of Ausländerbeschäftigungsgesetz 1984 [Austrian Act on the Employment of Foreigners]

Gazette Number: BGBl. II No. 141/2020

Publication Date: 8 April 2020

Effective Date: 8 April 2020

Source: https://www.ris.bka.gv.at/

Copyright: © 2019 Bundesministerium für Digitalisierung und Wirtschaftsstandort


 

unnamed-2South Africa

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Disaster Management Act 57 of 2002: Directions issued in terms of Regulation 10 (1) (a) of the Regulations made under Section 27 (2) of the Act: Measures to Address, Prevent and Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Highlight:

The Minister of Health has issued Directions to address, prevent and combat the spread of COVID-19 in South Africa.

The Directions deal with the:

-recruitment and training of Human Resources
-deployment of Human Resources
-provision of health equipment, sanitation materials and medical supplies; and
-waste disposal and sanitation of equipment from quarantine or treatment facility.

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Published in terms of Disaster Management Act 57 Of 2002

Gazette Number: GG43217

Notice Number: GN457

Publication Date: 8 April 2020

Effective Date: 8 April 2020

Source: http://www.gpwonline.co.za

Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Government Printing Works


 

gbUnited Kingdom

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Joint statement between HSE, CBI and TUC on safe working

Highlight:

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and the Trades Union Congress (TUC) have published a statement that:

-states that if companies remain open they must take practical steps to minimise the threat of workers being exposed to the coronavirus wherever possible, including by facilitating social distancing
-warns that if employers do not comply with the latest Public Health England guidance they may receive enforcement notices and may be forced to close
-encourages workers to raise any concerns about working conditions first with their employer or trade union
-notes that if the concerns of the employees cannot be resolved locally, they can approach the Health and Safety Executive or their local authority for help.

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Published in terms of Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974

Publication Date: 3 April 2020

Source: http://www.legislation.gov.uk

Copyright: This information has been licensed from the Controller of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office and the Queen’s Printer for Scotland and contains Crown copyright information, which is reproduced with the permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Queen’s Printer for Scotland and is subject to the copyright and licence at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/licence

 


 

gbUnited Kingdom

Coronavirus (COVID-19): The Working Time (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

Highlight:

The Secretary of State has published a Regulation that amends the Working Time Regulations 1998 by:

-stating that a worker who has outstanding leave at the end of the year can carry those days forward, if they were unable to take leave because of the effects of coronavirus (including on the worker, the employer or the wider economy or society)
-providing that workers who are entitled to carry leave days forward can receive a payment for leave that remains untaken on the date of termination.

The above leave days may only be carried forward and taken 2 leave years after they were initially due to be taken.

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Published in terms of European Communities Act 1972

Gazette Number: 2020 No. 365

Publication Date: 26 March 2020

Effective Date: 27 March 2020

Source: http://www.legislation.gov.uk

Copyright: This information has been licensed from the Controller of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office and the Queen’s Printer for Scotland and contains Crown copyright information, which is reproduced with the permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Queen’s Printer for Scotland and is subject to the copyright and licence at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/licence

 


 

atAustria

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Nähere Regelung der Durchführung von gesellschaftsrechtlichen Versammlungen ohne physische Anwesenheit der Teilnehmer und von Beschlussfassungen auf andere Weise [More detailed regulation of the conduct of corporate law meetings without the physical presence of the participants and of resolutions in another way]

Highlight:

The Federal Minister of Justice has published an Ordinance that, among other things:

-defines a "virtual meeting" as a meeting at which all or some of the participants are not physically present
-contains provisions relating to the admissibility of virtual meetings, including that conducting a virtual meeting is permitted if there is an opportunity to attend the meeting from any location using an acoustic and optical two-way connection in real time and each participant is able to speak and participate in voting
-contains special provisions for the general meetings of a stock corporations and the general assembly of cooperatives or associations.

The Ordinance will be in effect from 22 March 2020 to 31 December 2020.

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Published in terms of Körperschaftsteuergesetz [Austrian Corporate Income Tax Act]

Gazette Number: BGBl. II No. 140/2020

Publication Date: 8 April 2020

Effective Date: 22 March 2020

Source: https://www.ris.bka.gv.at/

Copyright: © 2019 Bundesministerium für Digitalisierung und Wirtschaftsstandort


 

KenyaKenya

Coronavirus (COVID-19): The Public Order (State Curfew) Order, 2020

Highlight:

The Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Co-ordination of National Government of Kenya has published the the Public Order (State Curfew) Order, 2020 (the "Order").

Amongst others, the Order:

-establishes a curfew which applies to the entire Republic of Kenya between the hours of 5pm and 5am and
-prohibits public gatherings, processions or movement, except as permitted, in writing.

The Order shall remain in effect for a period of 30 days from 27 March 2020.

This notification has been included for information purposes only, despite the fact that the Order may not impose obligations on your organisation.

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Published in terms of Constitution of Kenya 2010

Notice Number: No. 36

Effective Date: 27 March 2020

Source: http://www.parliament.go.ke/

 © Copyright Government of Kenya. All rights reserved.


Last Updated: Wednesday 8 April 2020

 

Cayman-Islands-iconCayman islands

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Public Health (Prevention, Control and Suppression of COVID-19) Regulations, 2020 [extension notice]

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The Cabinet has extended the operation of the Public Health (Prevention, Controland Suppression of Covid-19) Regulations, 2020 and the Public Health (Prevention, Control and Suppressionof Covid-19) (Amendment) Regulations, 2020, until 17 April, 2020.

This notification has been included for information purposes only, despite the fact that the regulation does not impose obligations on your organisation

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Published in terms of Extraordinary No. 27/2020

Publication Date: 6 April 2020

Effective Date: 6 April 2020

Source: http://www.gov.ky/portal/page/portal/cighome

Copyright: © Copyright Cayman Islands Government. All rights reserved.


 

unnamed-2South Africa

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Disaster Management Act 57 of 2002: Amendment of Directive by the Minister of Employment and Labour in terms of Regulation 10 (8) of the Regulations issued by the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs in terms of section 27 (2) of the Act

Highlight:

The Minister of Employment and Labour has published amendments to the Disaster Management Act 57 of 2002: COVID-19 Temporary Employee / Employer Relief Scheme (GN 215) ("the Amendments") on your Libryo.

The Amendments deal with the provisions for the payment of benefits to the Contributors who have lost income due to COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Published in terms of Disaster Management Act 57 Of 2002

Gazette Number: GG43216

Notice Number: GN240

Publication Date: 8 April 2020

Effective Date: 8 April 2020

Source: http://www.gpwonline.co.za

Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Government Printing Works


 

unnamed-7Wales

Coronavirus (COVID-19): The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

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The Welsh Ministers have published the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (the "Amendment Regulations").

The Amendment Regulations amend the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020, which is currently being added to your legal register by, among other things:

-making it clear that providers of holiday accommodation can provide services online or by telephone or post, and can open premises at the request of the Welsh Ministers or a local authority
-requiring a person responsible for work carried out at any place during the emergency period to take all reasonable measures to ensure that a distance of 2 metres is maintained between persons on the premises
-clarifying that the requirement of a distance of 2 metres between persons in a place of worship, crematorium or community centre does not apply to persons from the same household or to carers and persons they are caring for
-stating that a person responsible for a cemetery must take all reasonable measures to ensure that a distance of 2 metres is maintained between persons from different households attending a burial at the cemetery
-defining “cemetery” and “burial”
-requiring any person who is subject to a requirement to take all reasonable measures to ensure a distance of 2 metres between persons at a place to have regard to guidance from the Welsh Ministers about taking those measures
-stipulating that attending a funeral is a reasonable excuse to leave the place where a person is living if the person is responsible for arranging the funeral or is invited.

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Published in terms of Public Health (Wales) Act 2017

Gazette Number: 2020 No. 399 (W. 88)

Publication Date: 7 April 2020

Effective Date: 7 April 2020

Source: http://www.legislation.gov.uk

Copyright: This information has been licensed from the Controller of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office and the Queen’s Printer for Scotland and contains Crown copyright information, which is reproduced with the permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Queen’s Printer for Scotland and is subject to the copyright and licence at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/licence


 

unnamed-2South Africa

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Independent Communications Authority of South Africa Act 13 of 2000: Information and Communications Technology (“ICT”) COVID-19 National Disaster Regulations

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The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa ("the Authority") has published the Information and Communications Technology (“ICT”) COVID-19 National Disaster Regulations ("the Regulations"), having given consideration to the Disaster Management Act 57 of 2002: Electronic Communications, Postal and Broadcasting Directions Issued under Regulation 10 (8) of the Act (GN 417).

The Regulations apply to all authorisations, certificates, applications and registrations made and / or issued in terms of the Electronic Communications Act 36 of 2005, Broadcasting Act and the Postal Services Act.

Amongst others, the Regulations intend to:

-facilitate the dissemination of information required for dealing with the National Disaster
-enable the facilitation of the national response to the National Disaster and post-disaster recovery and rehabilitation
-enable implementation of measures that may be necessary to prevent an escalation of the National Disaster or to alleviate, contain and minimise the effects of the National Disaster; and
-ensure that there is continuation of the provision of services in the Republic.

The Regulations are effective from 06 April 2020, and remain in effect until termination of the National State of Disaster.

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Published in terms of Electronic Communications Act 36 of 2005

Gazette Number: GG43207

Notice Number: GN238

Publication Date: 6 April 2020

Effective Date: 6 April 2020

Source: http://www.gpwonline.co.za

Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Government Printing Works


 

ScotlandScotland

Coronavirus (COVID-19): The Coronavirus Act 2020 (Commencement No. 1) (Scotland) Regulations 2020

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The Scottish Ministers have published the Coronavirus Act 2020 (Commencement No. 1) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 (the "Regulations").

The Regulations bring into force the provisions of the Coronavirus Act 2020, which is being added to your legal register, relating to:

-the duty of local authority to assess needs
-the Scottish Ministers' power to issue guidance to local authorities about the exercise of their functions under specified statutory provisions and them to comply with the guidance
-the prevention of local authorities from recovering charges in certain circumstances
-the matters a court must take into account in determining whether a local authority has complied with its duties to carry out assessments, adult carer support plans and young carer statements.

This notification has been included for information purposes. The Regulation may not impose any obligations on your organisation.

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Published in terms of Public Health etc. (Scotland) Act 2008

Gazette Number: 2020 No. 121 (C. 13)

Publication Date: 3 April 2020

Effective Date: 5 April 2020

Source: http://www.legislation.gov.uk

Copyright: This information has been licensed from the Controller of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office and the Queen’s Printer for Scotland and contains Crown copyright information, which is reproduced with the permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Queen’s Printer for Scotland and is subject to the copyright and licence at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/licence

 


 

NetherlandsNetherlands

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Regeling van de Minister van Sociale Zaken en Werkgelegenheid van 31 maart 2020, 2020-0000046630, tot vaststelling van een tijdelijke subsidieregeling tot tegemoetkoming in de loonkosten teneinde de werkgelegenheid onder buitengewone omstandigheden te behouden (Tijdelijke noodmaatregel overbrugging voor behoud van werkgelegenheid) [Regulation of the Minister of Social Affairs and Employment of 31 March 2020, 2020-0000046630, establishing a temporary subsidy scheme for compensation of labor costs in order to preserve employment under exceptional circumstances (Temporary emergency measure bridging to preserve employment)]

Highlight:

The Minister of Social Affairs and Employment has published the Regulation of the Minister of Social Affairs and Employment of 31 March 2020, 2020-0000046630, establishing a temporary subsidy scheme for compensation of labor costs in order to preserve employment under exceptional circumstances (Temporary emergency measure bridging to preserve employment) (the "Regulation").

The Regulation terminates the exemption from the prohibition of short-time working and introduces the Temporary Emergency Measure Bridging to Retain Employment (NOW) which:

-aims to make it possible, in times of acute and severe decline in the turnover of at least 20% employers, to keep employees employed as much as possible for the hours they worked before the serious fall occurred
-allows employers to receive a grant to pay labor costs through a subsidy for the wage costs of certain categories of employee
-allows temporary employment agencies to submit an application to keep their temporary employees employed

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Published in terms of Wet op de loonbelasting 1964 [Wage Tax Act 1964]

Gazette Number: 2020, 19874

Publication Date: 1 April 2020

Effective Date: 1 April 2020

Source: https://zoek.officielebekendmakingen.nl/uitgebreidzoeken

Copyright: © 2020 Government of Netherlands. All rights reserved 


Last Updated: Tuesday 7 April 2020

 

atAustria

Coronavirus COVID-19: Änderung der Verordnung über die vorübergehende Wiedereinführung von Grenzkontrollen an den Binnengrenzen zur Italienischen Republik und zur Bundesrepublik Deutschland und der Verordnung über die vorübergehende Wiedereinführung von Grenzkontrollen an den Binnengrenzen zur Schweizerischen Eidgenossenschaft und zum Fürstentum Liechtenstein [Amendments to the regulation on the temporary reintroduction of border controls at the internal borders with the Italian Republic and the Federal Republic of Germany and the regulation regarding the temporary reintroduction of border controls at the internal borders with the Swiss Confederation and the Principality of Liechtenstein]

Highlight:

The National Council has published the Amendments to the regulation on the temporary reintroduction of border controls at the internal borders with the Italian Republic and the Federal Republic of Germany and the regulation regarding the temporary reintroduction of border controls at the internal borders with the Swiss Confederation and the Principality of Liechtenstein (the "Amendments").

The Amendment extends the period in which Austria will have temporary border controls to 27 April 2020 at its internal borders with:

-Italy
-Germany
-Switzerland
-Liechtenstein

This notification has been included for information purposes only. The Amendment may not impose obligations on your organisation.

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Published in terms of Ausländerbeschäftigungsgesetz 1984 [Austrian Act on the Employment of Foreigners]

Gazette Number: BGBl. II Nr. 133/2020

Publication Date: 6 April 2020

Effective Date: 6 April 2020

Source: https://www.ris.bka.gv.at/

Copyright: © 2019 Bundesministerium für Digitalisierung und Wirtschaftsstandort


 

unnamed-2South Africa

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Disaster Management Act 57 of 2002: Amendment of the Directions issued in terms of Regulation 10 (7) of the Regulations made in under Section 27 (2) of the Act

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The Minister of Transport has published amendments to the Disaster Management Act 57 of 2002: National Ports Act (COVID -19 Restrictions on the Movement of Persons and Crew) Directions, 2020 (GN 216) ("the Amendment Regulations") on your Libryo.

The Amendment Regulations deal with the insertion of Section 5A, detailing the:

-prohibition of Passenger Vessels visiting South African Sea Ports
-repatriation of South African Seafarers; and
-evacuation procedures.

This amendment Notice shall come into effect on 07 April 2020 (the date of publication in the Government Gazette).

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Published in terms of Disaster Management Act 57 Of 2002

Gazette Number: GG43211

Notice Number: GN453

Publication Date: 7 April 2020

Effective Date: 7 April 2020

Source: http://www.gpwonline.co.za

Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Government Printing Works


 

unnamed-2South Africa

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Disaster Management Act, 2002: Amendment of Electronic Communications, Postal and Broadcasting Directions issued under Regulation 10 (8) of the Act

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The Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies has published amendments to the Disaster Management Act 57 of 2002: Electronic Communications, Postal and Broadcasting Directions Issued under Regulation 10 (8) of the Act (GN 417) ("the Amendment Regulations") on your Libryo. 

The Amendment Regulations deal with the obligation to provide support to the education and health sectors.

The Amendment Regulations are effective from 06 April 2020  (the date of publication in the Government Gazette).

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Published in terms of Disaster Management Act 57 Of 2002

Gazette Number: GG43209

Notice Number: GN451

Publication Date: 6 April 2020

Effective Date: 6 April 2020

Source: http://www.gpwonline.co.za

Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Government Printing Works


 

atAustria

Coronavirus (COVID-19) : COVID-Kurzarbeit-Obergrenzen-VO [Ordinance of the Federal Minister of Labor, Family and Youth regarding the financial upper limit for covering allowances for short-time work]

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The Federal Minister of Labor, Family and Youth has published the COVID short-time work upper limit VO (the "Ordinance").

The Ordinance sets the upper limit that the government will pay to cover allowances for short-time work at € 3,000 million.

This notification has been included for information purposes. The Ordinance may not impose legal obligations on your organisation.

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Published in terms of Ausländerbeschäftigungsgesetz 1984 [Austrian Act on the Employment of Foreigners]

Gazette Number: BGBl. II Nr. 132/2020

Publication Date: 6 April 2020

Effective Date: 6 April 2020

Source: https://www.ris.bka.gv.at/

Copyright: © 2019 Bundesministerium für Digitalisierung und Wirtschaftsstandort


 

atAustria

Coronavirus (COVID-19): 3. COVID-19-Gesetz [3. COVID-19 law]

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The National Council has published the 3. COVID-19 law (the "Act").

The Act, among other things:

-amends the Income Tax Act to ensure that from 1 March 2020, grants raised from funds from the COVID-19, subsidies from the hardship fund and other allowances made due to the COVID-19 crisis are tax-free
-allows the Federal Minister of Finance to assume obligations for guarantees, default guarantees or other hedging transactions of companies in order to finance resource requirements in connection with the COVID-19 crisis situation
-establishes a Hardship Fund to create a safety network for hardship cases in one-person companies (EPU) including new self-employed and freelance employees in non-profit organisations (NPO ) as well as micro-entrepreneurs
-allows the Federal Minister for Family, Work and Youth to adjust the upper limit for labour market financing to EUR 1,000 million for 2020
-permits the employer to give the employee a special care period of up to 3 weeks if facilities are partially or completely closed and an employee whose work is not required to maintain the company is not entitled to leave of absence to look after his child
-allows foreign workers in the agricultural and forestry sector with employment permits as seasonal workers and who are already in Austria to use these permits for 9 more months or to extend them within 12 months
-regulating under which specific conditions or requirements business premises or work locations may be entered.

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Published in terms of Ausländerbeschäftigungsgesetz 1984 [Austrian Act on the Employment of Foreigners]

Gazette Number: BGBl. I Nr. 23/2020

Publication Date: 4 April 2020

Effective Date: 4 April 2020

Source: https://www.ris.bka.gv.at/

Copyright: © 2019 Bundesministerium für Digitalisierung und Wirtschaftsstandort


 

UgandaUganda

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Public Health (Control of COVID-19) Rules, 2020

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The Minister of Health of the Republic of Uganda has published the Public Health (Control of COVID-19) Rules, 2020 (the "Rules").

Amongst others, the Rules detail:

-the responsibility for certain persons to notify designated persons and/or authorities of COVID-19 cases
-powers of medical officers to, amongst others, search and disinfect premises
the limitation, prohibition and/or control of public gatherings and
-offences and penalties for non-compliance.

This notification has been included for information purposes only, despite the fact that the Rules may not impose obligations on your organisation.

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Published in terms of Public Health Act, 1935
Gazette Number: The Uganda Gazette No. 19, Volume CXIII
Notice Number: Statutory Instruments Supplement No. 11
Publication Date: 24 March 2020
Effective Date: 24 March 2020

Source: https://www.health.go.ug/covid/rersources/

Copyright: © 2020. All rights reserved to Ministry Of Health 

 


 

UgandaUganda

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Public Health (Prevention of COVID - 19) (Requirements and Conditions of Entry into Uganda) Order, 2020

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The Minister of Health of the Republic of Uganda has published the Public Health (Prevention of COVID - 19) (Requirements and Conditions of Entry into Uganda) Order, 2020 (the "Order").

Amongst others, the Order:

-provides for the requirement of a COVID-19 examination to be performed on any person arriving in Uganda
-states the powers of medical officers to, amongst others, isolate or quarantine certain persons and to disinfect vehicles, aircrafts or vessels and
-details offences and penalties for non-compliance therewith.

This notification has been included for information purposes only, despite the fact that the Order may not impose obligations on your organisation.

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Published in terms of Public Health Act, 1935
Gazette Number: The Uganda Gazette No. 19, Volume CXIII
Notice Number: Statutory Instruments Supplement No. 9
Publication Date: 17 March 2020
Effective Date: 17 March 2020

Source: https://www.health.go.ug/covid/rersources/

Copyright: © 2020. All rights reserved to Ministry Of Health 

 


 

UgandaUganda

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Public Health (Prohibition of Entry into Uganda) Order, 2020

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The Minister of Health of the Republic of Uganda has published the Public Health (Prohibition of Entry into Uganda) Order, 2020 (the "Order").

Amongst others, the Order prohibits entry into Uganda at or through any of the Republic's border posts, with effect from 23 March 2020.

The exemptions / scope of the applicability of the Order have also been detailed therein. 

The Order came into force on 21 March 2020 and shall remain in force until 23 April 2020.

This notification has been included for information purposes only, despite the fact that the Order may not impose obligations on your organisation.

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Published in terms of Public Health Act, 1935
Gazette Number: The Uganda Gazette No. 19, Volume CXIII
Notice Number: Statutory Instruments Supplement No. 11
Publication Date: 24 March 2020
Effective Date: 21 March 2020

Source: https://www.health.go.ug/covid/rersources/

Copyright: © 2020. All rights reserved to Ministry Of Health 

 


 

UgandaUganda

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Public Health (Notification of COVID – 19) Order, 2020

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The Minister of Health of the Republic of Uganda has published the Public Health (Notification of COVID – 19) Order, 2020 (the "Order").

Amongst others, the Order declared COVID – 19 to be a notifiable disease for the purposes of the Public Health Act, 1935.

It is also declared that Part IV of the Public Health Act (dealing with the Prevention and Suppression of Infectious Diseases) and Section 36 (dealing with the Power to Enforce Precautions at Boarders) of the Public Health Act, 1935 shall apply to COVID – 19.

This notification has been included for information purposes only, despite the fact that the Order may not impose obligations on your organisation.

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Published in terms of Public Health Act, 1935
Gazette Number: The Uganda Gazette No. 17, Volume CXIII
Notice Number: Statutory Instruments Supplement No. 9
Publication Date: 17 March 2020
Effective Date: 17 March 2020

Source: https://www.health.go.ug/covid/rersources/

Copyright: © 2020. All rights reserved to Ministry Of Health 

 


 

ScotlandScotland

Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020

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The Scottish Parliament has published the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 (the "Act").

The Act is a response to the emergency situation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and it complements and supplements the Coronavirus Act 2020 (“the 2020 Act”), passed by the UK Parliament on 25 March 2020 by, among other things:

-adjusting the law on evictions to protect those renting their homes during the coronavirus outbreak
-adjusting criminal procedure, and other aspects of the justice system, to ensure that essential justice business can continue to be disposed of throughout the coronavirus outbreak
-making provisions designed to ensure that business and public services continue to operate effectively during a period where controls on movements have been imposed and there is pressure on public services.

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Published in terms of Public Health etc. (Scotland) Act 2008

Gazette Number: 2020 asp 7

Publication Date: 6 April 2020

Effective Date: 6 April 2020

Source: http://www.legislation.gov.uk

Copyright: This information has been licensed from the Controller of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office and the Queen’s Printer for Scotland and contains Crown copyright information, which is reproduced with the permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Queen’s Printer for Scotland and is subject to the copyright and licence at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/licence

 


 

ArgentinaArgentina

Coronavirus (Covid -19): Decreto de Necesidad y Urgencia sobre Creación del Programa de Asistencia de Emergencia al Trabajo y la Producción (Decree of Necessity and Urgency on the Creation of the Emergency Assistance Program for Work and Production)

Highlight:

The Ministry of Justice has published the Decreto de Necesidad y Urgencia sobre Creación del Programa de Asistencia de Emergencia al Trabajo y la Producción (Decree of Necessity and Urgency on the Creation of the Emergency Assistance Program for Work and Production) (the "Decree").

This Decree creates the Emergency Assistance Program that will help employers navigate the current health crisis.

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Publication Date: 1 April 2020

Effective Date: 1 April 2020

Source: https://www.argentina.gob.ar/justicia

Copyright: © 2020 Government of Argentina. All rights reserved 

 


 

ArgentinaArgentina

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Decreto de Necesidad y Urgencia que dispone la prórroga hasta el 12 de abril de 2020 inclusive de la prohibición de ingreso al territorio nacional de personas extranjeras no residentes en el país (Decree of Necessity and Urgency that provides for the extension until April 12, 2020 inclusive of the prohibition of entry into the national territory of foreign persons not resident in the country)

Highlight:

The Ministry of Justice has published the Decreto de Necesidad y Urgencia que dispone la prórroga hasta el 12 de abril de 2020 inclusive de la prohibición de ingreso al territorio nacional de personas extranjeras no residentes en el país (Decree of Necessity and Urgency that provides for the extension until April 12, 2020 inclusive of the prohibition of entry into the national territory of foreign persons not resident in the country) (the "Decree").

The Decree extends the prohibition of entry into the national territory of foreign persons not resident in the country until 12 April 2020.

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Publication Date: 1 April 2020

Effective Date: 1 April 2020

Source: https://www.argentina.gob.ar/justicia

Copyright: © 2020 Government of Argentina. All rights reserved 

 


 

FranceFrance

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Décret n° 2020-383 du 1er avril 2020 portant dérogation au principe de suspension des délais pendant la période d'urgence sanitaire liée à l'épidémie de covid-19 (Decree n ° 2020-383 dated 1 April 2020 derogating from the principle of suspension of time limits during the health emergency period linked to the epidemic of covid-19)

Highlight:

The Prime Minister has published the Décret n° 2020-383 du 1er avril 2020 portant dérogation au principe de suspension des délais pendant la période d'urgence sanitaire liée à l'épidémie de covid-19 (Decree n ° 2020-383 dated 1 April 2020 derogating from the principle of suspension of time limits during the health emergency period linked to the epidemic of covid-19) (the "Decree").

This Decree cancels the suspension of deadlines during the health emergency period for installation operators that must carry out checks, analyses or surveillance acts for safety, health protection and environmental preservation.

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Publication Date: 2 April 2020

Effective Date: 2 April 2020

Source: https://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/

Copyright: © 2020 Government of France. All rights reserved

 


 

unnamed-2South Africa

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Competition Act 89 of 1998: Regulations on Competition Tribunal Rules for COVID-19 Excessive Pricing Complaint Referrals

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The Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition has published the Regulations on Competition Tribunal Rules for COVID-19 Excessive Pricing Complaint Referrals ("the Regulations").

The purpose of the Regulations is to provide for Competition Tribunal rules regulating complaint referrals for alleged contraventions of the Competition Act, 80 of 1998 read with Regulation 4 of the Competition Act 89 of 1998: Consumer and Customer Protection and National Disaster Management Regulations and Directions (GN 350).

The Regulations will apply to any complaint referral that has commenced before the COVID-19 outbreak is declared to no longer be a national disaster.

The Regulations deal with:

-urgent complaint referral procedures
-urgent hearings
-remedies; and
-consent orders.

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Published in terms of Competition Act, 80 of 1998

Gazette Number: GG43205

Notice Number: GN448

Publication Date: 3 April 2020

Effective Date: 3 April 2020

Source: http://www.gpwonline.co.za

Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Government Printing Works


 

FranceFrance

Corona (COVID-19): Décret n° 2020-378 du 31 mars 2020 relatif au paiement des loyers, des factures d'eau, de gaz et d'électricité afférents aux locaux professionnels des entreprises dont l'activité est affectée par la propagation de l'épidémie de covid-19 (Decree n ° 2020-378 dated 31 March 2020 relating to the payment of rents, water, gas and electricity bills relating to the professional premises of companies whose activity is affected by the spread of the epidemic of covid- 19)

Highlight:

The Prime Minister has published the  Décret n° 2020-378 du 31 mars 2020 relatif au paiement des loyers, des factures d'eau, de gaz et d'électricité afférents aux locaux professionnels des entreprises dont l'activité est affectée par la propagation de l'épidémie de covid-19 (Decree n ° 2020-378 dated 31 March 2020 relating to the payment of rents, water, gas and electricity bills relating to the professional premises of companies whose activity is affected by the spread of the epidemic of covid- 19) (the "Decree").

The Decree has been published for the application of Order 2020-316 published on March 26, 2020 and sent to you on 3 April 2020. This Decree prohibits the suspension, interruption or reduction of the supply of electricity, gas or water including by termination contract to companies that activity is affected by the spread of the epidemic of COVID-19. 

Refer to the Highlights of this Notice for further information.

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Publication Date: 1 April 2020

Effective Date: 1 April 2020

Source: https://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/

Copyright: © 2020 Government of France. All rights reserved

 


 

IrelandIreland

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (Covid-19) Act 2020

Highlight:

 The Oireachtas has published the Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (Covid-19) Act 2020 (the "Act").

The Act aims to mitigate the risk to human life, public health and the economic consequences posed by the spread of Covid-19 by, among other things:

-defining the emergency period as the period of 3 months from the commencement of the Act and allowing the government to extend this period as necessary
-prohibiting a landlord from serving a notice of termination in relation to the tenancy of a dwelling during the emergency period
-prohibiting rent increases
-providing special measures for the registration and re-registration of medical practitioners including dentists, doctors and nurses
-enabling the provision of a temporary wage subsidy to employees in businesses that have been so adversely affected by Covid-19 that the employer is unable to pay them their normal emoluments.

This notification has been included for information purposes only, despite the fact that it does not impose obligations on your organisation.

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Published in terms of Equal Status Act, 2000

Gazette Number: 2 of 2020

Publication Date: 27 March 2020

Effective Date: 30 March 2020

Source: https://www.oireachtas.ie/

Copyright: © Houses of the Oireachtas 2020


 

unnamed-7Wales

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Amendment Order 2020

Highlight:

The Minister for Health and Medical Research has published the Coronavirus (COVID-19): Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Amendment Order 2020 (the "Amendment Order").

The Amendment Order amends the Public Health (COVID-19) Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order 2020, which is currently being added to your legal register, by:

-permitting truck drivers and their passengers to use facilities at truck stops
-excluding persons involved in conducting a funeral from the 10-person limit for funeral services
-enabling services at places of worship to be streamed or otherwise recorded
-enabling caravan parks and camping grounds to be used by overnight travellers, persons working in the local area and persons whose primary places of residence are temporarily unavailable
-allowing auctions for food supply or a fibre or crop auction to be conducted (whether indoors or outdoors).

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Published in terms of NSW - Work Health and Safety Act 2011

Gazette Number: s2020-149.d05

Publication Date: 3 April 2020

Effective Date: 4 April 2020

Source: http://www.legislation.gov.uk

Copyright: This information has been licensed from the Controller of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office and the Queen’s Printer for Scotland and contains Crown copyright information, which is reproduced with the permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Queen’s Printer for Scotland and is subject to the copyright and licence at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/licence


Last Updated: Monday 6 April 2020

 

unnamed-7Wales

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Treasury Legislation Amendment (COVID-19) Act 2020 No 2

Highlight:

The Legislature of New South Wales has now published the Treasury Legislation Amendment (COVID-19) Act 2020 (the "Amendment Act"). You were previously notified on the the Act when it was still in Bill format.

The Amendment Act amends the Long Service Leave Act 1955 and Payroll Tax Act 2007 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic by:

-allowing an employer to give a worker a period of long service leave of less than 1 month before the worker becomes entitled to long service leave
-permitting an employer to give less than 1 month’s notice of when long service leave is to be given and taken
-providing that an employer must only pay 75% of the payroll tax on wages for the financial year that began on 1 July 2019, if all Australian wages paid or payable are $10,000,000 or less
-increasing the threshold amount for payroll tax liability for the financial year that began on 1 July 2020 and subsequent financial years to $1,000,000.

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Published in terms of NSW - Work Health and Safety Act 2011

Gazette Number: s2020 No 2

Publication Date: 3 April 2020

Effective Date: 3 April 2020

Source: http://www.legislation.gov.uk

Copyright: This information has been licensed from the Controller of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office and the Queen’s Printer for Scotland and contains Crown copyright information, which is reproduced with the permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Queen’s Printer for Scotland and is subject to the copyright and licence at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/licence


 

unnamed-7Wales

Coronavirus (COVID-19): COVID-19 Legislation Amendment (Emergency Measures) Act 2020 No 1

Highlight:

The Legislature of New South Wales has published the COVID-19 Legislation Amendment (Emergency Measures) Act 2020 (the "Amendment Act"). You were previously notified of the Amendment Act when it was in Bill format.

The Amendment Act makes amendments to a number of Acts to implement emergency measures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic including the:

-Electronic Transactions Act 2000 by providing for alternative arrangements for signing and witnessing documents

-Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 by allowing the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces to make an order that authorises development to be carried out on land without the need for approval or consent, if the order is necessary to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public

-Workers Compensation Act 1987 by requiring workers to have the first certificate of work capacity in relation to the payment of weekly income support payments as well as a second or subsequent certificate.

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Published in terms of NSW - Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979

Gazette Number: s2020 No 1

Publication Date: 3 April 2020

Effective Date: 3 April 2020

Source: http://www.legislation.gov.uk

Copyright: This information has been licensed from the Controller of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office and the Queen’s Printer for Scotland and contains Crown copyright information, which is reproduced with the permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Queen’s Printer for Scotland and is subject to the copyright and licence at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/licence


 

unnamed-7Wales

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order 2020

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The Minister for Health and Medical Research has published the Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order 2020 (the "Order").

The Order attempts to deal with the public health crisis presented by COVID-19 by, among other things:

-directing that a person must not, without reasonable excuse, leave their residence
-defining what constitutes a reasonable excuse
-stipulating that a person must not participate in a gathering in a public place of more than 2 persons, unless the gathering is of members of the same household or it is essential for work or education
-creating offences and imposing penalties for non-compliance on both individuals and corporations.

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Published in terms of NSW - Work Health and Safety Act 2011

Gazette Number: s2020-134.d10

Publication Date: 31 March 2020

Effective Date: 30 March 2020

Source: http://www.legislation.gov.uk

Copyright: This information has been licensed from the Controller of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office and the Queen’s Printer for Scotland and contains Crown copyright information, which is reproduced with the permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Queen’s Printer for Scotland and is subject to the copyright and licence at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/licence


 

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Occupational Safety and Health (COVID-19) Temporary Regulations 2020

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The Minister responsible for health, being of the opinion that due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic a public health emergency exists, has published the Occupational Safety and Health (COVID-19) Temporary Regulations 2020 ("the Temporary Regulations"). 

The Temporary Regulations place an obligation on employers to make arrangements for employees to work remotely from home wherever reasonably practicable using electronic means or otherwise and provides for offences and penalties for non-compliance. 

This notification has been included for information purposes only, despite the fact that the Order does not impose obligations on your organisation. 

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Gazette Number BR28/2020

Publication Date: 31 March 2020

Effective Date: 1 April 2020

Source: http://www.bermudalaws.bm/

Copyright:  2018 This website and its contents are Crown Copyright The Government of Bermuda - All Rights Reserved


 

bmBermuda

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Quarantine (Incoming Traveller) Order 2020

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The Minister responsible for health, being of the opinion that due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic a public health emergency exists, has published the Quarantine (Incoming Traveller) Order 2020 ("the Order").

The Order places an obligation on persons under various circumstances to quarantine, and provides for offences and penalties for non-compliance.

The provisions of the Quarantine Act 2017, in particular the Quarantine (COVID-19) Order 2020 and the Public Health Act 1949, in particular the Public Health (COVID-19) Regulations 2020, shall apply to a person who has landed in Bermuda.

This notification has been included for information purposes only, despite the fact that the Order does not impose obligations on your organisation.

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Gazette Number BR29/2020

Publication Date: 2 April 2020

Effective Date: 2 April 2020

Source: http://www.bermudalaws.bm/

Copyright:  2018 This website and its contents are Crown Copyright The Government of Bermuda - All Rights Reserved


 

bmBermuda

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Emergency Powers (COVID-19 Shelter in Place) Regulations 2020

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The Governor, being of the opinion that COVID-19 is an unprecedented and severe threat to public health in Bermuda has published the Emergency Powers (COVID-19 Shelter in Place) Regulations 2020 ("the Regulations").

Amongst others, the Regulations deal with the:

-implementation of a curfew
-mandatory closures of non-essential businesses
-closure of schools and day care
-application of remote working
-permission of permitted businesses to remain open
-provision of utilities, telecommunications etc.
-restriction on visitations
-closure of beaches, parks and playgrounds
-restriction on road traffic; and
-offences and penalties for non-compliance.

This notification has been included for information purposes only, despite the fact that the regulation does not impose obligations on your organisation.

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Gazette Number BR30/2020

Publication Date: 3 April 2020

Effective Date: 4 April 2020

Source: http://www.bermudalaws.bm/

Copyright:  2018 This website and its contents are Crown Copyright The Government of Bermuda - All Rights Reserved


 

ArgentinaArgentina

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Decree 274/2020: Prohibition of entering the national territory

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The City of Buenos Aires has published Decree 274/2020: Prohibition of entering the national territory (the "Decree").

The Decree prohibits the entry of foreign persons not resident in the country through any airport, port, international crossing or border centre, for q period of 15 calendar days.

The Decree has been extended to 12 April 2020.

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Publication Date: 16 March 2020

Effective Date: 16 March 2020

Source: https://www.argentina.gob.ar/justicia

Copyright: © 2020 Government of Argentina. All rights reserved 

 


 

LuxembourgLuxembourg

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Ministerial Order of March 16, 2020 on various measures to control the spread of the COVID-19 virus

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The Minister of Health has published the Ministerial Order of March 16, 2020 on various measures to control the spread of the COVID-19 virus (the "Order")

The Order prohibits anyone outside their home, except for the following journeys:

-indispensable purchases
-between home and work
-financial reasons
-health reasons
-assistance to old persons
-an hour for jogging within a minimum radius of 2m between persons.

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Publication Date: 16 March 2020

Effective Date: 16 March 2020

Source: http://www.legilux.public.lu/

Copyright: © 2020 Government of Luxembourg. All rights reserved


 

BelgiumBelgium

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Order of the Walloon Government relating to the granting of compensatory allowances in the context of measures against the COVID-19 coronavirus

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The Walloon Government has published the Order of the Walloon Government relating to the granting of compensatory allowances in the context of measures against the COVID-19 coronavirus (the "Order").

The Order describes the conditions for aids for companies affected by the COVID-19:

-A flat-rate grant of 5000 euros will be granted to companies which are closed daily

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Publication Date: 20 March 2020

Effective Date: 20 March 2020

Source: https://wallex.wallonie.be/sites/wallex/contents/acts/28/28212/1.html

Copyright: © 2020 Belgische Federale Overheidsdiensten


 

BelgiumBelgium

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Order of the Flemish Government granting aid to companies which are forced to close due to the measures of the National Security Council of March 12, 2020 concerning the coronavirus

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The Flemish Government has adopted the Order of the Flemish Government granting aid to companies which are forced to close due to the measures of the National Security Council of March 12, 2020 concerning the coronavirus (the "Order").

This Order describes the conditions for aids for companies affected by COVID-19:

-A flat-rate grant of 4000 euros will be granted to companies which are closed daily

-A flat-rate grant of 2000 euros will be granted to companies which are closed for the weekend.

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Publication Date: 15 March 2020

Effective Date: 15 March 2020

Source: https://www.etaamb.be/fr/arrete-du-gouvernement-flamand-du-15-mars-2020_n2020040682.html

Copyright: © 2020 Belgische Federale Overheidsdiensten


 

BelgiumBelgium

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Ministerial order carrying emergency measures to limit the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus

Highlight:

The Minister of Security and the Interior has published the Ministerial order carrying emergency measures to limit the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus (the "Order").

The Order orders the closure of non essential shops, with exception of :

-Pharmacists
-Food shops
-Book shops
-Petrol stations
-Hairdressers with just one customer

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Publication Date: 18 March 2020

Effective Date: 18 March 2020

Source: https://wallex.wallonie.be/contents/acts/27/27983/1.html

Copyright: © 2020 Belgische Federale Overheidsdiensten


 

atAustria

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Änderung der Verordnung über Maßnahmen bei der Einreise aus Italien, der Schweiz, Liechtenstein, Deutschland, Ungarn und Slowenien [Changes to the regulation on measures on entry from Italy, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Germany, Hungary and Slovenia]

Highlight:

The National Council has published the Changes to the regulation on measures on entry from Italy, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Germany, Hungary and Slovenia (the "Amendment").

The Amendment:

-allows Austrian citizens and persons who are subject to compulsory health insurance in Austria to enter the country to take advantage of essential medical services
-requires persons to present confirmation of their unconditional need to use a medical service
-allows persons residing or habitually residing in Austria to re-enter the country after using the absolutely necessary medical services.

This notification has been included for information purposes only. The Amendment may not impose obligations on your organisation.

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Published in terms of Ausländerbeschäftigungsgesetz 1984 [Austrian Act on the Employment of Foreigners]

Gazette Number: BGBl. II Nr. 130/2020

Publication Date: 2 April 2020

Effective Date: 3 April 2020

Source: https://www.ris.bka.gv.at/

Copyright: © 2019 Bundesministerium für Digitalisierung und Wirtschaftsstandort


 

atAustria

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Änderung der Verordnung betreffend vorläufige Maßnahmen zur Verhinderung der Verbreitung von COVID-19 [Amendment of the regulation on provisional measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19]

Highlight:

The National Council has published the Amendment of the regulation on provisional measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (the "Amendment").

The Amendment makes changes to the regulation on provisional measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which is currently being added to your legal register, by:

-allowing the pick-up of pre-ordered meals, provided they are not consumed on site and a distance of at least 1 meter is maintained between people
-prohibiting the entering into accommodation facilities for the purpose of recreation and leisure activities
-clarifying that supervised camping or caravan sites and shelters count as accommodation establishments: which are accommodation facilities under the direction or supervision of the accommodation provider or an agent and are intended for the temporary or non-paid accommodation of guests.

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Published in terms of Ausländerbeschäftigungsgesetz 1984 [Austrian Act on the Employment of Foreigners]

Gazette Number: BGBl. II Nr. 130/2020

Publication Date: 2 April 2020

Effective Date: 3 April 2020

Source: https://www.ris.bka.gv.at/

Copyright: © 2019 Bundesministerium für Digitalisierung und Wirtschaftsstandort


 

LesothoLesotho

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Declaration of COVID-19 State of Emergency Notice, 2020

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The Prime Minister of Lesotho has published the Declaration of COVID-19 State of Emergency Notice, 2020 (the "Declaration").

The Declaration provides that a state of emergency exists throughout the Kingdom of Lesotho in respect of the pandemic caused by COVID-19.

The State of emergency came into operation with effect from 18 March 2020 and amongst others:

-details which essential services shall continue to operate and which businesses shall remain closed
-prohibits all forms of activities and gatherings, except for funerals and
-states that all persons shall not be allowed to leave their places of residence, except in extreme circumstances.

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Published in terms of Constitution of Lesotho, 1993

Publication Date: 27 March 2020

Effective Date: 27 March 2020

Source: https://www.gov.ls/documents

Copyright: © 2018 Government of Lesotho

 


 

FranceFrance

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Order of March 4, 2020 carrying various measures relating to the fight against the spread of the COVID-19 virusCoronavirus (COVID-19): Order of March 4, 2020 carrying various measures relating to the fight against the spread of the COVID-19 virus

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The Minister of Solidarity and Health has published the Order of 4, 2020 carrying various measures relating to the fight against the spread of the COVID-19 virus (the "Order"). 

The Order has been published to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus by prohibiting any gatherings of more than 5000 people in a closed environment. 

The Order will apply until 31 May 2020.

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Publication Date: 4 March 2020

Effective Date: 4 March 2020

Source: https://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/

Copyright: © 2020 Government of France. All rights reserved

 


Last Updated: Friday 3 April 2020

 

ArgentinaArgentina

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Decree 297/2020: Preventative and compulsory social isolation

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The City of Buenos Aires has published the Decree 297/2020: Preventative and compulsory social isolation (the "Decree").

The Decree prohibits anyone any person from being outside of their home from 00:00 hours on 20 March 2020, when the measure ordered begins. 

They must abstain from going to their workplaces and may not travel on routes, roads and public spaces, in order to prevent the circulation and contagion of the COVID-19 virus and the consequent effect on public health and other rights.

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Publication Date: 19 March 2020

Effective Date: 19 March 2020

Source: https://www.argentina.gob.ar/justicia

Copyright: © 2020 Government of Argentina. All rights reserved 

 


 

FranceFrance

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Decree n ° 2020-371 dated 30 March 2020 on the solidarity fund for companies particularly affected by the economic, financial and social consequences of the spread of the covid-19 epidemic and of the measures taken to limit this spread

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The Prime Minister has published the Coronavirus (COVID-19): Decree n ° 2020-371 dated 30 March 2020 on the solidarity fund for companies particularly affected by the economic, financial and social consequences of the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic and of the measures taken to limit this spread (the "Decree")

The Decree describes conditions for accessing the solidarity fund for companies affected by COVID-19 that meet the following requirements:

-The workforce is less than or equal to 10 employees
-Turnover before tax during the last financial year ended was less than one million euros
-The taxable profit is less than 60k euros.

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Publication Date: 30 March 2020

Effective Date: 30 March 2020

Source: https://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/

Copyright: © 2020 Government of France. All rights reserved

 


 

FranceFrance

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Ordinance n ° 2020-321 of 25 March 2020 adapting the rules for the meeting and deliberation of assemblies and governing bodies of legal persons and entities devoid of legal personality under private law due to the epidemic of covid-19

Highlight:

The President of France has published the Ordinance n ° 2020-321 of 25 March 2020 adapting the rules for the meeting and deliberation of assemblies and governing bodies of legal persons and entities devoid of legal personality under private law due to the epidemic of COVID-19 (the "Order")

The Order cancels the nullity of assembly in case a convocation could not be carried by post due to external circumstances to the company.

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Publication Date: 25 March 2020

Effective Date: 25 March 2020

Source: https://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/

Copyright: © 2020 Government of France. All rights reserved

 


 

FranceFrance

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Ordinance n ° 2020-318 of March 25, 2020 adapting the rules relating to the establishment, order, audit, review, approval and publication of the accounts and other documents and information that legal persons and entities without legal personality under private law are required to file or publish in the context of the COVID-19 epidemic

Highlight:

The President of the Republic has published the Ordinance n ° 2020-318 of March 25, 2020 adapting the rules relating to the establishment, order, audit, review, approval and publication of the accounts and other documents and information that legal persons and entities without legal personality under private law are required to file or publish in the context of the COVID-19 epidemic (the "Ordinance").

The Ordinance adapts the rules relating to the establishment, order, audit, review, approval and publication of accounts for companies impacted by COVID-19 and extends by three months the annual accounts and the written report needed to be submitted.

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Publication Date: 25 March 2020

Effective Date: 25 March 2020

Source: https://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/

Copyright: © 2020 Government of France. All rights reserved

 


 

FranceFrance

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Ordinance No. 2020-317 of March 25, 2020 establishing a solidarity fund for companies particularly affected by the economic, financial and social consequences of the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic and the measures taken to limit this

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The President of the Republic has published the Ordinance No. 2020-317 of March 25, 2020 establishing a solidarity fund for companies particularly affected by the economic, financial and social consequences of the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic and the measures taken to limit this (the "Ordinance")

The Ordinance creates, for a period of three months, a solidarity fund whose purpose is the payment of financial aid to natural and legal persons carrying out an economic activity particularly affected by the economic, financial and social consequences of the spread of COVID-19 and measures taken to limit its spread.

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Publication Date: 25 March 2020

Effective Date: 25 March 2020

Source: https://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/

Copyright: © 2020 Government of France. All rights reserved

 


 

FranceFrance

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Ordinance n ° 2020-316 of March 25, 2020 relating to the payment of rents, water, gas and electricity bills relating to the professional premises of companies whose activity is affected by the spread of the epidemic of COVID- 19

Highlight:

The President of the Republic has published the Ordinance n ° 2020-316 of March 25, 2020 relating to the payment of rents, water, gas and electricity bills relating to the professional premises of companies whose activity is affected by the spread of the epidemic of COVID- 19 (the "Order").

This Order prohibits the suspension, interruption or reduction of the supply of electricity, gas or water including by termination contract to companies whose activity is affected by the spread of the epidemic of COVID-19.

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Publication Date: 25 March 2020

Effective Date: 25 March 2020

Source: https://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/

Copyright: © 2020 Government of France. All rights reserved

 


 

FranceFrance

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Decree n ° 2020-293 of March 23, 2020 prescribing the general measures necessary to face the epidemic of COVID-19 in the context of the state of health emergency

Highlight:

The Prime Minister has published Decree n ° 2020-293 of March 23, 2020 prescribing the general measures necessary to face the epidemic of COVID-19 in the context of the state of health emergency (the "Decree").

The Decree prohibits, until 15 April 2020, any person from leaving their home, except for the following reasons:

-journeys between home and work
-journeys for indispensable purchases
-journeys for purchases relating to work
-journeys for health reasons
-journeys for family reasons
-journeys for an hour for jogging within a maximum radius of 1km of home
-journeys to go to the police station
-journeys for an appointment at the judicial authority
-journeys for general interest work at the request of the administrative authority.

Persons wishing to benefit from one of these exceptions must have, when they travel outside their home, a document enabling them to justify that the trip considered falls within the scope of one of these exceptions

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Publication Date: 23 March 2020

Effective Date: 23 March 2020

Source: https://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/

Copyright: © 2020 Government of France. All rights reserved

 


 

FranceFrance

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Order of March 4, 2020 carrying various measures relating to the fight against the spread of the COVID-19 virus

Highlight:

The Minister of Solidarity and Health has published the Order of March 4, 2020 carrying various measures relating to the fight against the spread of the COVID-19 virus (the "Order").

The Order has been published to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus by prohibiting any gatherings of more than 5000 people in a closed environment. 

The Order will apply until 31 May 2020.

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Publication Date: 4 March 2020

Effective Date: 4 March 2020

Source: https://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/

Copyright: © 2020 Government of France. All rights reserved

 


 

FranceFrance

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Order of March 15, 2020 supplementing the order of March 14, 2020 carrying various measures relating to the fight against the spread of the Covid-19 virus

Highlight:

The Minister of Solidarity and Health has published the Order of March 15, 2020 supplementing the order of March 14, 2020 carrying various measures relating to the fight against the spread of the covid-19 virus (the "Order").

The Order carries measures relating to the fight against the spread of the Covid 19 virus by the closure of non essential places, such as cinemas, bars, night clubs and shops, with the exception of food shops, pharmacists, banks, petrol stations and newspaper shops.

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Publication Date: 15 March 2020

Effective Date: 15 March 2020

Source: https://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/

Copyright: © 2020 Government of France. All rights reserved

 


 

unnamed-2South Africa

Disaster Management Act 57 of 2002: Directions issued in terms of Regulation 10 (8) of the Regulations made under Section 27 (2) of the Act: Measures to Prevent and Combat the Spread of COVID-19

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The Minister of Tourism has issued the Measures to Prevent and Combat the Spread of COVID-19 ("the Directions").

The Directions provide guidance on the implementation of the provisions relating to the rendering of essential services referred to in Annexure B of the Disaster Management Act, 2002: Regulations issued in terms of Section 27(2) of the Act (GN 318) ("the Regulations").

Annexure D of the Regulations provide places and premises that must remain closed to the general public. All establishments falling thereunder must adhere to the following:

-Employers must ensure that all employees at such establishments are trained on the COVID -19 health protocols
-Employers must ensure that the employees have personal protective equipment (PPE) and that all workplace health and safety legal requirements are observed
-Employers must provide all employees rendering essential services with accommodation onsite to enable them to remain in the establishments for the entire duration of the lockdown period
-All the establishments rendering services related to the lockdown, other than quarantine or isolation, must, in writing, obtain approval from the Department of Tourism
-All establishments rendering services in relation to quarantine or isolation are to be confirmed as such by the Health Authorities under the Department of Health working with the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure
-An accommodation establishment confirmed or designated as a quarantine or isolation facility, is not permitted to render essential services to any other person besides the people quarantined, isolated or essential service employees therein.

Only approved hotels which provide services related to the lockdown, other than quarantine or isolation, within airport precincts of OR Tambo, King Shaka and Cape Town International Airports, will be allowed to host airline crew for cargo flights bringing essential supplies or flights that are authorised for the evacuation of international tourists.

The Directions come into operation on 02 April 2020 (the date of publication in the Government Gazette).

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Published in terms of Disaster Management Act 57 Of 2002

Gazette Number: GG43200

Notice Number: GN235

Publication Date: 2 April 2020

Effective Date: 2 April 2020

Source: http://www.gpwonline.co.za

Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Government Printing Works


Last Updated: Thursday 2 April 2020

 

auAustralia

COVID-19 Information for workers

Highlight:

Safe Work Australia has published COVID-19 Information for workers (the "Document").

The Document states that workers:

-have the duty to take reasonable care of their own health and safety, and to not adversely affect the health and safety of others
-must follow any reasonable policies or directions their employer has put in place in response to COVID-19 including working from another location
-if they suspect that they have COVID-19, must not go to work, must seek medical advice and must tell their employer as soon as possible and update them your if the situation changes
-must talk to their employer or Health and Safety Representative if they have concerns about safety at work
-must tell your employer as soon as possible if they stop work because it is unsafe but must also be available to carry out suitable alternative work, such as working from home.

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Published in terms of Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988

Publication Date: 2 April 2020

Source: https://www.worksafe.qld.gov.au/news/2020

Copyright: © State of Queensland (WorkCover Queensland) 2020

 


 

auAustralia

What to do if a worker has COVID-19

Highlight:

Safe Work Australia has published What to do if a worker has COVID-19 (the "Document").

The Document sets out that if a worker has COVID-19, an employer must:

-follow the health advice from the National Coronavirus Helpline
-contact the state or territory Work Health and Safety regulator for specific advice on their situation
-ensure workers do not return to work while they are infectious
-identify the hazards, assess and control the risks, review the control measures and consult with workers and other duty holders.

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Published in terms of Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988

Publication Date: 2 April 2020

Source: https://www.worksafe.qld.gov.au/news/2020

Copyright: © State of Queensland (WorkCover Queensland) 2020

 


 

auAustralia

Mental health and COVID-19

Highlight:

Safe Work Australia has published Mental health and COVID-19 (the "Document").

The Document sets out:

-that the duties of employers to employees apply to psychological health too
-possible psychosocial hazards from COVID-19
-that employers must consider and consult workers on all relevant risks of working from home and offer support to manage risks that can arise from factors such as stress associated with caring for children, relationship strain or domestic violence
-steps that employers can take to minimise workplace stress
-tips for managing stress from COVID-19.

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Published in terms of Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988

Publication Date: 2 April 2020

Source: https://www.worksafe.qld.gov.au/news/2020

Copyright: © State of Queensland (WorkCover Queensland) 2020

 


 

auAustralia

Workers’ compensation and COVID-19

Highlight:

Safe Work Australia has published Worker's compensation and COVID-19 (the "Document").

The Document:

-clarifies that Commonwealth, states and territories are responsible for coverage or eligibility for benefits in workers’ compensation schemes
-sets out that whether a worker can successfully claim for compensation for contracting the COVID-19 virus at work is to be determined by the relevant workers’ compensation authority.

This notification has been included for information purposes. The Document may not impose legal obligations on your organisation.

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Published in terms of Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988

Publication Date: 2 April 2020

Source: https://www.worksafe.qld.gov.au/news/2020

Copyright: © State of Queensland (WorkCover Queensland) 2020

 


 

auAustralia

Preparing workers for COVID-19

Highlight:

Safe Work Australia has published Preparing workers for COVID-19 (the "Document").

The Document sets out:

-what emergency plans employers must undertake to manage COVID-19 including the information that workers should be aware of
-when employers must consult with workers on health and safety matters relating to the COVID-19 virus
-the privacy obligations that employers have and where these can be found
-that employers must provide workers with appropriate personal protective equipment ("PPE") and information and training on how and why they are required to use them
-when an employer may conduct temperature checks on workers to monitor their health
-the circumstances under which a worker may stop or refuse to carry out unsafe work
-that workers may be required to stay away from the workplace if they are unwell and not fit for work
-that workers must continue to be able to access available entitlements, including leave, under the relevant enterprise agreement, award, contracts of employment and workplace policies.

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Published in terms of Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988

Publication Date: 2 April 2020

Source: https://www.worksafe.qld.gov.au/news/2020

Copyright: © State of Queensland (WorkCover Queensland) 2020

 


 

bmBermuda

Bermuda: Quarantine (Travel Ban) (No. 2) Amendment Order 2020

Highlight:

The Minister responsible for health, being of the opinion that due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic a public health emergency exists has published the Quarantine (Travel Ban) (No. 2) Amendment Order 2020 ("the Amendment Order").

The Amendment Order creates changes to the Quarantine (Travel Ban) (No. 2) Order 2020, published on 19 March 2020 detailing various measures that have been put in place to effectively deal with the effects of COVID-19.

The Amendment Order deals with the travel ban placed on persons entering Bermuda, and the obligation thereof to comply with any requirements under the Quarantine Act 2017 and the Public Health Act 1949.

This notification has been included for information purposes only, despite the fact that the regulation does not impose obligations on your organisation.

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Gazette Number BR24/2020

Publication Date: 27 March 2020

Effective Date: 27 March 2020

Source: http://www.bermudalaws.bm/

Copyright:  2018 This website and its contents are Crown Copyright The Government of Bermuda - All Rights Reserved


 

bmBermuda

Bermuda: Public Health (COVID-19) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2020

Highlight:

The Minister responsible for health has published the Public Health (COVID-19) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2020 ("the Amendment Regulations").

The Amendment Regulations create changes to the Public Health (COVID-19) Regulations 2020, published on 20 March 2020 detailing various measures that have been put in place to effectively deal with the effects of COVID-19.

The Amendment Regulations deal with the:

-conditions applicable to the imposition of restrictions and requirements
-isolation of persons suspected to be infected with COVID-19
-monitoring and reporting; and
-right of appeal.

This notification has been included for information purposes only, despite the fact that the regulation does not impose obligations on your organisation.

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Gazette Number BR25/2020

Publication Date: 27 March 2020

Source: http://www.bermudalaws.bm/

Copyright:  2018 This website and its contents are Crown Copyright The Government of Bermuda - All Rights Reserved


 

auAustralia

QLD: Coronavirus (COVID-19) workplace risk management

Highlight:

The Workplace Health and Safety Electrical Safety Office Workers' Compensation Regulator has published the Coronavirus (COVID-19) workplace risk management (the "document").

The document contains guidelines for employers to:

-identify and manage work health and safety risks including the exposure to COVID-19
-plan to respond to cases of COVID-19 at work in line with advice from Queensland Health
-make contingency plans for workers and others who must self-quarantine
-prevent the risk of the spread of infection at work by, among other things, providing hand washing facilities and promoting good hygiene
-managing who may receive protective personal equipment
-consider and address relevant issues when implementing a telecommuting (also called working from home, e-work and telework) arrangement.

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Published in terms of QLD - Work Health & Safety Act 2011

Date Notified: 2 April 2020

Publication Date: 2 April 2020

Source: https://www.worksafe.qld.gov.au/news/2020

Copyright: © State of Queensland (WorkCover Queensland) 2020

 


 

unnamed-2South Africa

Disaster Management Act 57 of 2002: Amendment of Regulations issued in terms of Section 27 (2)

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The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, having declared a national state of disaster as published in GG43096, GN313 of 15 March 2020 has published amendments to the Disaster Management Act, 2002: Regulations issued in terms of Section 27(2) of the Act (GN 318) ("the Amendment Regulations") on your Libryo.

The Amendment Regulations deal with the:

-restriction on the movement of persons and goods
-prohibition of public transport
-offences and penalties for non-compliance
-insertion of Chapter 3, detailing Contact Tracing and the establishment of the COVID-19 Tracing Database
-categorisation of essential goods and services during lockdown
-addition of Form 2, providing for the permit to travel to another metropolitan area, district or province; and
-places and premises closed to the public.

The Amendment Regulations are effective from 2 April 2020 (the date of publication in the Gazette).

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Published in terms of Disaster Management Act 57 Of 2002

Gazette Number: GG43199

Notice Number: GN446

Publication Date: 2 April 2020

Effective Date: 2 April 2020

Source: http://www.gpwonline.co.za

Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Government Printing Works


 

unnamed-2South Africa

Disaster Management Act 57 of 2002: Directions issued by the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment in terms of Regulation 10 (8) of the Regulations issued in terms of section 27 (2) of the Act: Measures to address, prevent and Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Highlight:

The Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment has issued Directions to address, prevent and combat the spread of COVID-19 and to alleviate, contain and minimise the effects of the national state of disaster ("the Directions")

The Directions intend to ensure fair processes, especially relating to licensing processes, public participation processes, appeals processes, reporting requirements and the provision of waste management services during the lockdown period.

The following Directions will apply:

-Directions relating to licences and environmental authorisations as contemplated in the National Environmental Management Act, 107 of 1998 (NEMA), the National Environmental Management: Waste Act, 59 of 2008 and the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act, 39 of 2004
-Directions relating to exemptions contemplated in sections 74 to 77 and transfers of waste management licences contemplated in section 52 of the National Environmental Management: Waste Act, 59 of 2008, authorisations issued for the export of waste tyres contemplated in regulation 4(e) of the Waste Tyre Regulations, 2017, and applications for the amendment of orders to remediate contaminated land issued in terms of section 38 of the National Environmental Management: Waste Act, 59 of 2008; and
-Directions relating to reporting as contemplated in regulation 8 of the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act 39 of 2004 - National Atmospheric Emission Reporting Regulations, 2015 and in regulation 7(1) and (2) of the National Environmental Management, 39 of 2004: National Greenhouse Gas Emission Reporting Regulations read with section 53(aA), (o) and (p) of the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act, 39 of 2004.

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Published in terms of Disaster Management Act 57 Of 2002

Gazette Number: GG43190

Notice Number: GN439

Publication Date: 31 March 2020

Effective Date: 31 March 2020

Source: http://www.gpwonline.co.za

Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Government Printing Works


 

SingaporeSingapore

Infectious Diseases (Workplace Measures to Prevent Spread of COVID-19) Regulations 2020

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The Minister for Health of the Republic of Singapore has published the Infectious Diseases (Workplace Measures to Prevent Spread of COVID-19) Regulations 2020 (the "Regulations").

The Regulations set out workplace measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, by amongst others:

-directing the implementation of safe distancing measures by employers and principals
-requiring employers and principals to implement telecommuting, where reasonably practicable
-stating the obligations of occupiers, workers and other individuals
-detailing offences and penalties for non-compliance.

This notification has been included for information purposes only, despite the fact that the regulation may not impose obligations on your organisation.

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Notice Number: No. S 235 of 2020

Publication Date: 1 April 2020

Effective Date: 1 April 2020

Source: https://www.gov.sg/

Copyright © 2020 Government of Singapore. All rights reserved.

 


 

SingaporeSingapore

Infectious Diseases (Measures to Prevent Spread of COVID-19) Regulations & Amendment Regulations, 2020

Highlight:

The Minister for Health of the Republic of Singapore has published the Infectious Diseases (Measures to Prevent Spread of COVID-19) Regulations, 2020 (the "Regulations") and the Infectious Diseases (Measures to Prevent Spread of COVID-19) (Amendment) Regulations, 2020 (the "Amendment Regulations").

The Regulations and Amendment Regulations set out measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, by amongst others:

-prohibiting the holding and attendance of certain events and activities
-limiting the attendance for certain unprohibited events
-implementing safe distancing measures for unprohibited public events and
-detailing offences and penalties for non-compliance.

This notification has been included for information purposes only, despite the fact that the regulation may not impose obligations on your organisation.

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Notice Number: No. S 185 of 2020 & No. S 194 of 2020

Publication Date: 26 March 2020

Effective Date: 26 March 2020

Source: https://www.gov.sg/

Copyright © 2020 Government of Singapore. All rights reserved.

 


Last Updated: Wednesday 1 April 2020

 

unnamed-2South Africa

Disaster Management Act 57 of 2002: Amendment of the Directions issued in terms of Regulations 10 (7) of the Regulations made in under Section 27 (2) of the Act: Measures to prevent and Combat the Spread of COVID-19 in the Public Transport Services

Highlight:

The Minister of Transport has issued amendments to the Measures to prevent and Combat the Spread of COVID-19 in the Public Transport Services (Government Notice No. 412 published in Government Gazette No.43157 of 26 March 2020).

Amongst others, the amendments insert provisions for employers to make arrangements for the transportation of workers who are rendering essentials services as listed in Annexure B of the Disaster Management Act, 2002: Regulations issued in terms of Section 27(2) of the Act (GN 318) in line with the operating shifts, work time schedules as determined by the responsible head of operations, Manager, Head of the Department or a person with responsible authority within such institution. 

The operating shifts, work schedules or time table should be stamped and signed by such person with authority.

The amendments are effective from 31 March 2020 (the date of publication in the Gazette).

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Published in terms of Disaster Management Act 57 Of 2002

Gazette Number: GG43186

Notice Number: GN436

Publication Date: 31 March 2020

Effective Date: 31 March 2020

Source: http://www.gpwonline.co.za

Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Government Printing Works


 

ScotlandScotland

The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2020

Highlight:

The Scottish Ministers have published the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2020 (the "Amendment Regulations").

The Amendment Regulations correct typographical errors in the sections of the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) (Scotland) Regulations 2020, which are being added to your legal register dealing with:

-further restrictions and closures during the emergency period and
-the enforcement of requirements.

This notification has been included for information purposes. The Amendment Regulations do not impose legal obligations on your organisation.

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Published in terms of Public Health etc. (Scotland) Act 2008

Gazette Number: 2020 No. 106

Publication Date: 1 April 2020

Effective Date: 1 April 2020

Source: http://www.legislation.gov.uk

Copyright: This information has been licensed from the Controller of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office and the Queen’s Printer for Scotland and contains Crown copyright information, which is reproduced with the permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Queen’s Printer for Scotland and is subject to the copyright and licence at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/licence

 


 

gbUnited Kingdom

Advice on temporary suspension of sites

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The Construction Leadership Council has published Advice on temporary suspension of sites (the "Advice").

The Advice helps construction companies and clients ensure a controlled shutdown of sites and facilities where work is suspended due to the current coronavirus threat by, among other things, stipulating that:

-site operators must carry out their own risk assessment that considers all local factors
-site owners have a duty of care to any visitors to sites, even trespassers and must minimise safety risks by preventing access to the suspended site and mitigating any potential hazards
-site owners must have a structured plan to carry out the shutdown
-site pathways must be kept free from obstructions, waste and loose material must be removed from site, or secured if this is not practical
-site owners must provide clearly visible emergency contacts on site hoardings in the event of any incident during the shutdown
-all scaffolding and temporary works must be made secure and checked prior to the shutdown
-an assessment must be made of any part-built structures, and appropriate temporary support has been provided where needed and any temporary work may have to be inspected regularly by a competent person in case of deterioration
-measures must be taken to ensure the security of the site including a perimeter check, securing plant equipment and materials, site access, third party access, insurance and giving suppliers notice
-special consideration must be made for environmental issues including river, coast and reservoir issues, waste management related risks and ecology related risks.

The Advice also provides guidance on hired plant and equipment and contains a checklist to ensure all the steps relating to the closure have been taken.

This notification has been included for information purposes. The Advice may not impose legal obligations on your organisation.

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Published in terms of Building Act 1984

Publication Date 31 March 2020

Source: http://www.constructionleadershipcouncil.co.uk/ 

Construction Leadership Council, © 2020, All rights reserved


 

naNamibia

State of Emergency - COVID-19 Regulations: Namibian Constitution

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The President of Republic of Namibia has published the State of Emergency - COVID-19 Regulations: Namibian Constitution (the "Regulations").

The Regulations have been published subsequent to the President having declared that a State of Emergency exists in the whole of Namibia following a worldwide outbreak of COVID-19.

Amongst others, the Regulations:

-designate restricted areas in the Republic and a period of lockdown applying thereto
-state the closure period for schools and higher education institutions
-prohibit public gatherings; entry into Namibia; and certain travel within the Republic
-provide for the closure of certain businesses and
-detail offences and penalties for non-compliance.

This notification has been included for information purposes only, despite the fact that the regulation may not impose obligations on your organisation.

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Published in terms of Constitution Of The Republic Of Namibia, 1990

Gazette Number: GG 7159

Notice Number: Proclamation No. 9

Publication Date: 28 March 2020

Effective Date: 28 March 2020

Copyright Namibia Legal Database


 

kyCayman Islands

Cayman Islands: Public Health (Prevention, Control and Suppression of Covid-19) Regulations, 2020

Highlight:

The Cabinet has published the Public Health (Prevention, Control and Suppression of Covid-19) Regulations, 2020 ("the Regulations").

The Regulations have been published in order to prevent, control and suppress the spread of the Covid-19 virus and deal with the:

-exemption on the prohibition of various public meetings
-prohibition of holding public meetings, processions or festive ceremonies
-closure of public places
-restriction on certain activities and operations
-restriction on visitations; and
-shelter in place orders.

The Regulations shall continue in force for a period of ten days from the commencement of these Regulations, unless extended for a further period as the Cabinet may specify by notice in the Gazette.

The Public Health (Control and Suppression of Covid-19) Regulations, 2020 and the Public Health (Control and Suppression of Covid-19) (Amendment) Regulations, 2020 are repealed by these Regulations.

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Gazette Number: SL 29 of 2020

Publication Date: 27 March 2020

Effective Date: 28 March 2020

Source: http://www.gov.ky/portal/page/portal/cighome

Copyright: CAYMAN ISLANDS JUDICIAL AND LEGAL INFORMATION WEBSITE AND ITS SERVICE PROVIDERS INCLUDING BRAC INFORMATICS CENTRE MAKE NO REPRESENTATION, WARRANTY, OR GUARANTY AS TO THE RELIABILITY, TIMELINESS, QUALITY, SUITABILITY, TRUTH, AVAILABILITY, ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS OF THE SERVICE OR ANY CONTENT. CAYMAN ISLANDS JUDICIAL AND LEGAL INFORMATION WEBSITE AND ITS SERVICE PROVIDERS INCLUDING BRAC INFORMATICS CENTRE DO NOT REPRESENT OR WARRANT THAT: (I) THE USE OF THE SERVICE WILL BE TIMELY, UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE OR OPERATE IN COMBINATION WITH ANY OTHER HARDWARE, SOFTWARE, SYSTEM OR DATA, (II) THE SERVICE WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS OR EXPECTATIONS, (III) THE QUALITY OF ANY PRODUCTS, SERVICES, INFORMATION, OR OTHER MATERIAL PURCHASED OR OBTAINED BY YOU THROUGH THE SERVICE WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS OR EXPECTATIONS, (IV) ERRORS OR DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED, (V) THE SERVICE OR THE SERVER(S) THAT MAKE THE SERVICE AVAILABLE ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS. THE SERVICE AND ALL CONTENT IS PROVIDED TO YOU STRICTLY ON AN "AS IS" BASIS. ALL CONDITIONS, REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES, WHETHER EXPRESS, IMPLIED, STATUTORY OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR NON- INFRINGEMENT OF THIRD PARTY RIGHTS, ARE HEREBY DISCLAIMED TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW BY CAYMAN ISLANDS JUDICIAL AND LEGAL INFORMATION WEBSITE AND ITS SERVICE PROVIDERS INCLUDING BRAC INFORMATICS CENTRE.

 


Last Updated: Tuesday 31 March 2020

 

CanadaCanada

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses

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The Government of Canada has published Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses (the "Plan").

With the measures detailed in the Plan, the Canadian Government aims to assist Canadians facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak by, amongst others, providing:

-income support for individuals in need
-flexibility for individuals and businesses filing taxes
-support to Canadian businesses in need through the Canada Account and
-businesses with more opportunities to access credit through the efforts of Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP).

This notification has been included for information purposes only, despite the fact that it does not impose obligations on your organisation.

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Publication Date: 26 March 2020

Effective Date: 26 March 2020

Source: https://www.canada.ca/home.html

Copyright: © Government of Canada 2020

 


 

deGermany

Law for easier access to social security and for the use and security of social service providers due to the corona virus SARS-CoV-2 (social protection package)

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The Bundestag has published the Law for easier access to social security and for the use and security of social service providers due to the corona virus SARS-CoV-2 (social protection package) (the "Law").

The Law simplifies the procedure for access to social protection due to the corona virus SARS-CoV-2.

This notification has been included for information purposes. The Law may not impose obligations on your organisation.

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Published in terms of: Verordnung zur arbeitsmedizinischen Vorsorge (ArbMedVV) [ Ordinance on Occupational Health Prevention (ArbMedVV)]

Gazette Number: Part I No. 14

Publication Date: 27 March 2020

Effective Date: 27 March 2020

Source: https://www.bundesanzeiger-verlag.de/

Copyright: © 2020 Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection

 


 

deGermany

Law to offset COVID-19 related financial burdens on hospitals and other health care facilities (COVID-19 Hospital Relief Act) (the "Law")

Highlight:

The Bundestag has published the Law to offset COVID-19 related financial burdens on hospitals and other health care facilities (COVID-19 Hospital Relief Act) (the "Law").

The Law provides measures to compensate hospitals and nursing facilities for loss of earnings and cut red tape by:

-granting hospitals financial compensation of 560 euros a day for every bed they keep free and a bonus of 50,000 euros for every additional intensive care bed that hospitals put in place
-granting hospitals an additional payment of 50 euros per patient to cover the additional costs, especially of personal protective gear
-raising the provisional nursing fee to 185 euros a day.
-granting doctors working in practices compensatory payments if they suffer loss of earnings as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic
-financing extraordinary measures, such as setting up "outpatient clinics for patients with fever"
-providing for nursing care and reducing the risk of infection to those in need of care and to all those working in nursing
-reimbursing financial costs incurred by the pandemic or any loss of income
-waiving bureaucratic requirements and the obligation to produce an expert report
-granting nursing care insurance schemes more leeway to help them avoid gaps arising in nursing care coverage for people receiving care at home.

This notification has been included for information purposes. The Law may not impose obligations on your organisation.

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Published in terms of: Verordnung zur arbeitsmedizinischen Vorsorge (ArbMedVV) [ Ordinance on Occupational Health Prevention (ArbMedVV)]

Gazette Number: Part I No. 14

Publication Date: 27 March 2020

Effective Date: 27 March 2020

Source: https://www.bundesanzeiger-verlag.de/

Copyright: © 2020 Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection

 


 

deGermany

Law to protect the population in an epidemic situation of national importance

Highlight:

The Bundestag has published the Law to protect the population in an epidemic situation of national importance (the "Law").

The Law amends, among others, the Infection Protection Act by, among other things:

-requiring people entering Germany from a high risk country to submit details of their identity, itinerary and contact details to the competent authority, as well as certificate of vaccination, their state of health and/or a medical certificate if required
-ordering companies in the transport industry to refrain from transporting German nationals to and from high risk countries, take steps to identify person suffering from communicable diseases and submit passenger lists and medical examinations to the competent authority
-setting out measures to ensure the supply of medicinal products, personal protective equipment and products for disinfection
-setting out the professionals who may practice medical activities as defined.

This notification has been included for information purposes. The Law does not impose obligations on your organisation.

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Published in terms of: Verordnung zur arbeitsmedizinischen Vorsorge (ArbMedVV) [ Ordinance on Occupational Health Prevention (ArbMedVV)]

Publication Date: 27 March 2020

Effective Date: 27 March 2020

Source: https://www.bundesanzeiger-verlag.de/

Copyright: © 2020 Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection

 


Last Updated: Monday 30 March 2020

 

ScotlandScotland

The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) (Scotland) Regulations 2020

Highlight:

The Scottish Ministers have published the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 (the "Regulations").

The Regulations, among other things:

-require the closure of businesses selling food or drink for consumption on the premises and listed businesses to protect against the risks to public health arising from coronavirus
-require that a person responsible for carrying on a business or service that may remain open to take all reasonable measures to ensure that a distance of 2 metres is maintained between persons on the premises, only admits people to its premises in sufficiently small numbers to maintain that distance and that a distance of 2 metres is maintained between persons waiting to enter the premises
-stipulate that persons responsible for businesses not listed and which offers goods for sale or hire in a shop or provides library services must stop trading except by making deliveries or an online presence
-stipulate that places of worship, crematoriums and community centres must close subject to exceptions
-prohibit people from leaving the place where they live unless they have a reasonable excuse
-sets out penalties for non-compliance.

The restrictions and requirements imposed by the Regulations will be reviewed at least once every 21 days, with the first review being carried out by 16th April 2020. The Regulations expire 6 months from the day they come into force.

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Published in terms of Public Health etc. (Scotland) Act 2008

Gazette Number: 2020 No. 103

Publication Date: 26 March 2020

Effective Date: 26 March 2020

Source: http://www.legislation.gov.uk

Copyright: This information has been licensed from the Controller of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office and the Queen’s Printer for Scotland and contains Crown copyright information, which is reproduced with the permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Queen’s Printer for Scotland and is subject to the copyright and licence at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/licence

 


 

ScotlandScotland

The Non-Domestic Rates (Coronavirus Reliefs) (Scotland) Regulations 2020

Highlight:

The Scottish Ministers have published the Non-Domestic Rates (Coronavirus Reliefs) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 (the "Regulations").

The Regulations introduce reliefs in relation to non-domestic rates for the financial year beginning on 1 April 2020 by:

-granting a general reduction of 1.6% in rates to all non-domestic ratepayers for any day in that year
-removing any liability to pay rates on a day in that year where lands and heritages are used for one or more of the purposes described in Schedule 1
-removing any liability for lands and heritages operated as an airport that are used for handling services or are occupied by a named company
-making consequential amendments to other Regulations that provide a relief from liability to pay rates.

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Published in terms of Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997

Gazette Number: 2020 No. 101

Publication Date: 26 March 2020

Effective Date: 31 March 2020

Source: http://www.legislation.gov.uk

Copyright: This information has been licensed from the Controller of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office and the Queen’s Printer for Scotland and contains Crown copyright information, which is reproduced with the permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Queen’s Printer for Scotland and is subject to the copyright and licence at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/licence

 


 

unnamed-2South Africa

Disaster Management Act 57 of 2002: Amendment Of Directives On Aviation Transport (Disaster Management Act, 2002)

Highlight:

The Minister of Transport has amended the Measures to address, prevent and combat the Spread of COVID-19 in the Air Services ("the Amendments"). 

The Amendments add "Cape Town" to the International Airports Designated as Ports of Entry and are ready to handle air cargo and services, under section 6. 

The Amendments are effective from 27 March 2020.

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Published in terms of Disaster Management Act 57 Of 2002

Gazette Number GG43176

Notice Number GN423

Publication Date 27 March 2020

Effective Date 27 March 2020

Source: http://www.gpwonline.co.za

Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Government Printing Works


 

unnamed-7Wales

The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020

Highlight:

The Welsh Ministers have published the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020 (the "Regulations").

The Regulations:

-revoke and replace the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Business Closure) (Wales) Regulations 2020 and the Health Protection (Coronavirus: Closure of Leisure Businesses, Footpaths and Access Land) (Wales) Regulations 2020
-require the closure of businesses selling food or drink for consumption on the premises and listed businesses to protect against the risks to public health arising from coronavirus
-allow premises used for certain listed businesses or services to broadcast a performance (whether over the internet or as part of a radio or television broadcast)
-state that persons responsible for holiday or camping sites, with some exceptions, must require any person staying at the site when the business has ceased to vacate the premises
-place restrictions on certain other businesses and services during the emergency period
-stipulate that places of worship, crematoriums and community centres must close subject to exceptions which include providing essential voluntary services to homeless or vulnerable people and providing urgent public services
-prohibit any person from leaving the place where they are living without a reasonable excuse as defined
-prohibit gatherings of more than 2 people, unless in specified situations
-imposes a requirement on local authorities, National Park authorities, Natural Resources Wales and the National Trust to close certain public paths and land accessible by the public
-set out penalties for non-compliance.

The restrictions and requirements imposed by the Regulations will be reviewed at least once every 21 days, with the first review being carried out by 15th April 2020. The Regulations expire on 26 September 2020.

 

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Published in terms of Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984

Publication Date: 27 March 2020

Effective Date: 26 March 2020

Source: http://www.legislation.gov.uk

Copyright: This information has been licensed from the Controller of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office and the Queen’s Printer for Scotland and contains Crown copyright information, which is reproduced with the permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Queen’s Printer for Scotland and is subject to the copyright and licence at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/licence


 

gbUnited Kingdom

The Coronavirus Act 2020 (Commencement No. 1) Regulations 2020

Highlight:

The Secretary of State has published the Coronavirus Act 2020 (Commencement No. 1) Regulations 2020 (the "Regulations").

The Regulations bring into effect the provisions of the Coronavirus Act 2020 relating to:

-the registration of deaths and still-births
-confirmatory medical certificate not required for cremations in England and Wales
-modifications of requirements regarding medical certificates for cremations in Northern Ireland.

This notification has been included for information purposes only. The Regulations may not impose obligations on your organisation.

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Published in terms of Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984

Gazette Number: 2020 No. 361 (C. 18)

Publication Date: 26 March 2020

Effective Date: 27 March 2020

Source: http://www.legislation.gov.uk

Copyright: This information has been licensed from the Controller of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office and the Queen’s Printer for Scotland and contains Crown copyright information, which is reproduced with the permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Queen’s Printer for Scotland and is subject to the copyright and licence at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/licence

 


Last Updated: Friday 27 March 2020

bmBermuda

Bermuda: Regulatory Authority (COVID-19) Emergency General Determination 2020

Highlight:

The Regulatory Authority has published the Regulatory Authority (COVID-19) Emergency General Determination 2020 ("the EGD").

The EGD applies to the Electronic Communications and Electricity sectors and is binding on all sectoral licensees.

The EGD provides for the prohibition of:

-disruption, disconnection or discontinuance of services for non-payment by a Relevant Person; or
-charging of penalties or other fees for non-payment to a Relevant Person (for the avoidance of doubt, this EGD does not apply to penalties for breach of handset or other device contracts associated with switching service providers); or
-increasing tariffs to Consumers and Small Businesses,

during the period of the COVID-19 pandemic applicable to Bermuda as determined by the RA, the Bermuda Government or the Governor of Bermuda from the Effective Date of this EGD.

This notification has been included for information purposes only, despite the fact that the regulation does not impose obligations on your organisation.

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Gazette Number BR20/2020

Publication Date 24 March 2020

Effective Date 24 March 2020

Source: http://www.bermudalaws.bm/

Copyright:  2018 This website and its contents are Crown Copyright The Government of Bermuda - All Rights Reserved


 

bmBermuda

Bermuda: Public Treasury (Administration and Payments) (Temporary Unemployment Benefit) Regulations 2020

Highlight:

The Minister of Finance has published the Public Treasury (Administration and Payments) (Temporary Unemployment Benefit) Regulations 2020 ("the Regulations").

The Regulations intend to assists the Government in its commitment to provide access to temporary unemployment benefits to individuals directly impacted by COVID-19.

Amongst others, the Regulations deal with:

-persons qualified to apply for unemployment benefit
-scope and duration of unemployment benefit
-application for unemployment benefit
-conditions applicable to unemployment benefit
-suspension or cancellation of unemployment benefit; and
-offences and penalties for providing false information.

This notification has been included for information purposes only, despite the fact that the regulation does not impose obligations on your organisation.

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Gazette Number BR21/2020

Publication Date 24 March 2020

Effective Date 24 March 2020

Source: http://www.bermudalaws.bm/

Copyright:  2018 This website and its contents are Crown Copyright The Government of Bermuda - All Rights Reserved


 

unnamed-2South Africa

Disaster Management Act, 57 of 2002: Electronic Communications, Postal and Broadcasting Directions Issued under Regulation 10 (8) of the Act

Highlight:

The Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies has published the Disaster Management Act, 57 of 2002: Electronic Communications, Postal and Broadcasting Directions Issued under Regulation 10 (8) of the Act (the "Directions").

The Directions intend to facilitate the availability and use of digital technologies to combat the spread of COVID-19 in South Africa, by, amongst others:

-ensuring the smooth operations of the electronic communications industry as essential services during the disaster period
-imposing social compact obligations on broadcasting service licensees to broadcast public service announcements related to the national effort to combat the spread of COVID -19 and its impact and
-removing obstacles associated with the rapid deployment of electronic communications services.

The Directions are effective as from 26 March 2020.

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Published in terms of Disaster Management Act 57 Of 2002

Gazette Number GG43164

Notice Number GN 417

Publication Date 26 March 2020

Effective Date 26 March 2020

Source: http://www.gpwonline.co.za

Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Government Printing Works


 

unnamed-2South Africa

National Ports Act (12/2005): Repealing of the National Ports Act, 2005 (Act No. 12 of 2005); Regulations in terms of section 80 (1) (g) 2020

Highlight:

The Minister of Transport has repealed the National Ports Act 12 of 2005: National Ports Act (COVID-19 Restrictions on the movement of persons and crew) Regulations, 2020 (GN 173) on your Libryo. 

The repeal is effective from 26 March 2020.

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Published in terms of National Ports Act, 12 of 2005

Gazette Number GG43165

Notice Number GN217 of 2020

Publication Date 26 March 2020

Effective Date 26 March 2020

Source: http://www.gpwonline.co.za

Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Government Printing Works


 

unnamed-2South Africa

Airport Company Act 44 of 1993: Repeal of the Ministerial Order Regarding International Air Services (COVID-19 Restrictions on the Movement of Air Travel) Regulations, 2020

Highlight:

The Minister of Transport has repealed the International Air Services Act 60 of 1993 and various other Acts: International Air Services (COVID-19 Restrictions on the Movement of Air Travel) Regulations, 2020 and other Regulations (GN 175) on your Libryo.

The repeal is effective from 26 March 2020.

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downloadGazette Number: GG43166

Notice Number: GN218

Publication Date: 26 March 2020

Effective Date: 26 March 2020

Source: http://www.gpwonline.co.za

Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Government Printing Works


 

unnamed-2South Africa

Disaster Management Act 57 of 2002: Amendment of Regulations issued in Terms of Section 27 (2)

Highlight:

The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, having declared a national state of disaster as published in GG43096, GN313 of 15 March 2020 has published amendments to the Disaster Management Act, 2002: Regulations issued in terms of Section 27(2) of the Act (GN 318) ("the Amendment Regulations") on your Libryo.

The Amendment Regulations deal with the:

-restriction on the movement of persons and goods
-prohibition of public transport
-deletion of Regulation 11E, detailing the compensation for any loss or damage
-updating of Annexure A, by the substitution for the word "warrant" wherever it appears with the word "order"
-amendment of Annexure B, detailing the categorisation of essential goods and services during lockdown; and
-updating of Annexure D, dealing with the places and premises closed to the public.

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Published in terms of Disaster Management Act 57 Of 2002

Gazette Number: GG43168

Notice Number: GN419

Publication Date: 26 March 2020

Effective Date: 26 March 2020

Source: http://www.gpwonline.co.za

Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Government Printing Works


 

euEuropean Union

Decision (EU) 2020/440 of the European Central Bank of 24 March 2020 on a temporary pandemic emergency purchase programme

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The European Central Bank has published Decision (EU) 2020/440 of the European Central Bank of 24 March 2020 on a temporary pandemic emergency purchase programme (the "Decision").

The Decision attempts to cushion the effect of an economic crisis resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, which could jeopardise the objective of price stability and the proper functioning of the monetary policy transmission mechanism by:

-launching a new temporary pandemic emergency purchase programme (the "PEPP") which includes all the asset categories eligible under the existing expanded asset purchase programme (the "APP")
-establishing an overall additional envelope of EUR 750 billion for the PEPP until the end of 2020
-stipulating that Eurosystem central banks must purchase eligible marketable debt securities, corporate bonds, marketable debt instruments, covered bonds and asset-backed securities unless explicitly provided otherwise
-stating the maturity requirements of eligible marketable public debt securities
-providing that purchases must be carried out under the PEPP to the extent necessary and proportionate to counter the threats posed by the extraordinary economic and market conditions
-stating that the Eurosystem must make securities purchased under the PEPP available for lending.

This notification has been included for information purposes. The Decision may not impose obligations on your organisation.

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Published in terms of Directive (EU) 2015/849 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 May 2015 on the prevention of the use of the financial system for the purposes of money laundering or terrorist financing, amending Regulation (EU) No 648/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council, and repealing Directive 2005/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council and Commission Directive 2006/70/EC

Gazette Number L 91/1

Publication Date 25 March 2020

Effective Date 25 March 2020

Source: http://data.europa.eu/eli/dec/2020/440/oj

Copyright: © European Union, http://eur-lex.europa.eu/, 1998-2018


 

unnamed-2South Africa

Disaster Management Act, 57 of 2002: Regulations 10 (7) of the Directions made under sections 27 (2) of the Disaster Management Act, 2002: Measures to address, prevent and combat the spread of the COVID-19 in the sea ports

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The Minister of Transport for the Republic of South Africa has published the Disaster Management Act (57/2002): Regulations 10 (7) of the Directions made under sections 27 (2) of the Disaster Management Act, 2002: Measures to address, prevent and combat the spread of the COVID-19 in the sea ports (the "Directions").

The Directions intend to provide for the:

-prohibition on cruise ships calling at any of the sea ports
-improvement of hygiene control and sterilization facilities on ships, sea ports and the locations and facilities related thereto and
-implementation of a tracking, tracing and monitoring system at sea ports and reporting thereof.

The Directions also state offences and penalties for non-compliance therewith.

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Published in terms of Disaster Management Act 57 Of 2002

Gazette Number: GG43163

Notice Number: GN216

Publication Date: 26 March 2020

Effective Date: 26 March 2020

Source: http://www.gpwonline.co.za

Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Government Printing Works


 

unnamed-2South Africa

Disaster Management Act 57 of 2002: Directions issued by Minister of Home Affairs: Measures to prevent and combat the spread of COVID-19

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The Minister of Home Affairs has issued the Measures to prevent and combat the spread of COVID-19 ("the Directions").

The Directions intend to prescribe temporary measures or steps currently necessary to manage COVID-19 in order to reduce its impact in the Republic by preventing the importation of, and minimising the local transmission of the virus.

The Directions apply to citizens, permanent residents and other foreign nationals to whom the Immigration Act 13 of 2002 applies during the national state of disaster.

Amongst others, the Directions deal with the:

-withdrawal of visas
-suspension of visa exemptions
-refusal of visas
-refusal of admission for foreigners
-admission of citizens and permanent residents
-transit of foreigners through the Republic
-departure of foreigners from the Republic
-visa concessions for foreigners inside the Republic
-airline crew members and emergency medical rescue situations
-travel restrictions for citizens and permanent residents; and
-closure of some Ports of Entry.

The provisions of paragraph 17, relating to the National Lock-Down in the Republic, apply for the duration of the period of the National Lock-Down, and will include any period of extension thereto.

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Published in terms of Disaster Management Act 57 Of 2002

Gazette Number: GG43162

Notice Number: GN416

Publication Date: 26 March 2020

Effective Date: 26 March 2020

Source: http://www.gpwonline.co.za

Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Government Printing Works


 

unnamed-2South Africa

Disaster Management Act 57 of 2002: COVID-19 Temporary Employee / Employer Relief Scheme

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The Minister of Employment and Labour has determined that it is necessary to implement steps in respect of the administration of the COVID-19 through the COVID-19 Temporary Employee / Employer Relief Scheme ("the Directive") to prevent an escalation of the COVID-19 infections funded through the National Disaster Benefit.

During this period of lockdown, companies will have to shut down and employees laid off temporarily. The Government has anticipated that employees may lose income. However, employers are encouraged to continue to pay employees, but where this is not economically possible; a special benefit has been created under the Unemployment Insurance Fund as per the Directive.

Amongst other, the Directive intends to:

-make provision for the payment of benefits to the Contributors who have lost income due to COVID-19 pandemic
-minimise the economic impact of loss of employment because of the COVID-19 pandemic
-contain the spread of COVID-19 during the process of application for benefit
-establish the Temporary Employee / Employer Relief Scheme and set out the application process for benefits of the COVID-19 pandemic; and
-make provision for online applications for benefits.

This Directive shall commence immediately from the date of publication by Minister of Employment and Labour notice in the Gazette (26 March 2020), and remains in operation for a period of 3 (three) months or until they are withdrawn by the Minister, whichever comes first.

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Published in terms of Disaster Management Act 57 Of 2002

Gazette Number: GG43161

Notice Number: GN215

Publication Date: 26 March 2020

Effective Date: 26 March 2020

Source: http://www.gpwonline.co.za

Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Government Printing Works


 

atAustria

Ordinance of the Federal Minister of Labor, Family and Youth, which allows exceptions to weekend and holiday rest in connection with the prevention of the spread of COVID-19

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The National Council has published the Ordinance of the Federal Minister of Labor, Family and Youth, which allows exceptions to weekend and holiday rest in connection with the prevention of the spread of COVID-19 (the "Ordinance").

The Labor Restitution Act states that employees are entitled to rest days on holidays and weekends, with exceptions for certain groups of workers.

In light of the measures already in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Ordinance adds employees in the following industries to the above exceptions:

-food and drug delivery services
-freight transport
-work that is directly related to work that has been approved, provided it cannot be carried out before or after the weekend or holiday.

The Ordinance also states that the number of employed workers must be limited to those that are absolutely necessary and stipulates penalties for non-compliance.

The Ordinance expires on 31 May 2020.

This notification has been included for information purposes. The Ordinance may not impose obligations on your organisation.

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Published in terms of Ausländerbeschäftigungsgesetz 1984 [Austrian Act on the Employment of Foreigners]

Gazette Number: BGBl. II Nr. 118/2020

Publication Date: 26 March 2020

Effective Date: 26 March 2020

Source: https://www.ris.bka.gv.at/

Copyright: © 2019 Bundesministerium für Digitalisierung und Wirtschaftsstandort


 

unnamed-2South Africa

Disaster Management Act 57 of 2002: Measures to address, prevent and combat the Spread of COVID-19 in the Air Services

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The Minister of Transport has published the Measures to address, prevent and combat the Spread of COVID-19 in the Air Services ("the Directions").

The Directions are applicable to all air service operators, foreign nationals, and crew in respective of the risk category of the country of origin as well as South African citizens and permanent residents.

The Directions deal with:

-the prohibition of all international and domestic passenger flights
-designated airports as Ports of Entry for the handling of air cargo
-the provision of improved access, hygiene and disinfection control in international airports designated as Ports of Entry
-the responsibilities of the Airport Company South Africa SOC Limited (ACSA)
-the responsibilities of the Air Traffic and Navigation Services; and
-offences and penalties for non-compliance.

These Directions are effective from 26 March 2020.

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Published in terms of Disaster Management Act 57 Of 2002

Gazette Number: GG43160

Notice Number: GN415

Publication Date: 26 March 2020

Effective Date: 26 March 2020

Source: http://www.gpwonline.co.za

Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Government Printing Works


 

unnamed-2South Africa

Disaster Management Act 57 of 2002: Measures to address, prevent and combat the Spread of COVID-19 in the Railway Operations

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The Minister of Transport has issued the Measures to address, prevent and combat the Spread of COVID-19 in the Railway Operations ("the Directions").

The Directions are applicable to all rail operators issued with a safety permit in terms of the National Railway Safety Regulator Act, 16 of 2002.

The Directions deal with the:

-development and submission of a COVID-19 Management plan
-implementation of a health and awareness campaign
-procedures to be followed at hand-over points, loading points and terminal depots
-provision of hygiene, screening equipment and disinfection control at the train stations, terminals and hand-over facilities
-prohibition of overcrowding and overloading of trains
-provision of regular reports regarding suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19 infections together with implemented measures for each reported case
-ceasing of passenger and commuter Rail Operations; and
-offences and penalties for non-compliance.

These Directions are effective from 26 March 2020.

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Published in terms of Disaster Management Act 57 Of 2002

Gazette Number: GG43159

Notice Number: GN414

Publication Date: 26 March 2020

Effective Date: 26 March 2020

Source: http://www.gpwonline.co.za

Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Government Printing Works


 

unnamed-7Wales

Treasury Legislation Amendment (COVID-19) Bill 2020

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The Legislature of New South Wales has published the Treasury Legislation Amendment (COVID-19) Bill 2020 (the "Bill").

The Bill proposes amending the Long Service Leave Act 1955 and Payroll Tax Act 2007 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic by:

-allowing an employer to give a worker a period of long service leave of less than 1 month before the worker becomes entitled to long service leave
-permitting an employer to give less than 1 month’s notice of when long service leave is to be given and taken
-providing that an employer must only pay 75% of the payroll tax on wages for the financial year that began on 1 July 2019, if all Australian wages paid or payable are $10,000,000 or less
-increasing the threshold amount for payroll tax liability for the financial year that began on 1 July 2020 and subsequent financial years to $1,000,000.

This notification has been included for information purposes only. The Bill has not yet been signed into law and may not impose obligations on your organisation.

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Published in terms of NSW - Work Health and Safety Act 2011

Publication Date: 26 March 2020

Source: http://www.legislation.gov.uk

Copyright: This information has been licensed from the Controller of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office and the Queen’s Printer for Scotland and contains Crown copyright information, which is reproduced with the permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Queen’s Printer for Scotland and is subject to the copyright and licence at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/licence

 


 

unnamed-7Wales

COVID-19 Legislation Amendment (Emergency Measures) Bill 2020

Highlight:

The Legislature of New South Wales has published the COVID-19 Legislation Amendment (Emergency Measures) Bill 2020 (the "Bill").

The Bill proposes amendments to a number of Acts to implement emergency measures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic including the:

-Electronic Transactions Act 2000 by providing for alternative arrangements for signing and witnessing documents
-Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 by allowing the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces to make an order that authorises development to be carried out on land without the need for approval or consent, if the order is necessary to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public
-Workers Compensation Act 1987 by requiring workers to have the first certificate of work capacity in relation to the payment of weekly income support payments as well as a second or subsequent certificate.

This notification has been included for information purposes only. The Bill has not yet been signed into law and may not impose obligations on your organisation.

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Published in terms of NSW - Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979

Gazette Number: 2020 No. XXX

Publication Date: 26 March 2020

Source: http://www.legislation.gov.uk

Copyright: This information has been licensed from the Controller of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office and the Queen’s Printer for Scotland and contains Crown copyright information, which is reproduced with the permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Queen’s Printer for Scotland and is subject to the copyright and licence at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/licence

 


 

unnamed-2South Africa

Disaster Management Act 57 of 2002: Measures to address, prevent and combat the Spread of COVID-19 in the Cross-Border Road Transport

Highlight:

The Minister of Transport, has issued the Measures to address, prevent and combat the Spread of COVID-19 in the Cross-Border Road Transport ("the Directions"), in order to address, prevent and combat the spread of the COVID-19.

The Directions provide for measures relating to cross-border road transport to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and are applicable to all cross-border road passenger transport within the Republic and from a foreign carrier of any member state conveying passengers to the Republic. 

The Directions deal with:

-the prohibition to provide cross-border Road Passenger transport, despite any permit issued in terms of the Cross-Border Road Transport Agency Act, 4 of 1998; and
-offences and penalties for non-compliance.

The Directions are effective from 26 March 2020.

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Published in terms of Disaster Management Act 57 Of 2002

Gazette Number: GG43158

Notice Number: GN413

Publication Date: 26 March 2020

Effective Date: 26 March 2020

Source: http://www.gpwonline.co.za

Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Government Printing Works


 

SingaporeSingapore

Infectious Diseases (COVID-19 — Stay Orders) Regulations 2020

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The Minister for Health of the Republic of Singapore has published the Infectious Diseases (COVID-19 — Stay Orders) Regulations 2020 (the "Regulations").

The Regulations set out measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, by amongst others:

-providing for the authority of specified persons to order any at‑risk individual to go, and stay, at a place of accommodation specified in the order
-detailing the requirement of individuals who have been certified as having acute respiratory symptoms to not leave their place of accommodation for the prescribed period and
-stating the offences and penalties for non-compliance therewith.

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Notice Number: No. S 182 of 2020

Publication Date: 25 March 2020

Effective Date: 25 March 2020

Source: https://sso.agc.gov.sg/SL-Supp/S182-2020/Published/20200325?DocDate=20200325

Copyright © 2020 Government of Singapore. All rights reserved.

 


 

EngEngland

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020

Highlight:

The Secretary of State has published the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 (the "Regulations").

The Regulations:

-revoke the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Business Closure) (England) Regulations 2020 which you had previously been notified on
-require the closure of businesses selling food or drink for consumption on the premises and listed businesses to protect against the risks to public health arising from coronavirus
-list businesses that are allowed to remain open and place restrictions on these businesses
-prohibit any person from leaving the place where they are living without a reasonable excuse as defined
-prohibit gatherings of more than 2 people, unless in specified situations
-set out penalties for non-compliance
-define the "emergency period" as starting when the Regulations come into force and ending at the time specified in a direction published by the Secretary of State.

The restrictions and requirements imposed by the Regulations will be reviewed at least once every 21 days, with the first review being carried out by 16th April 2020. The Regulations expire 6 months from the day they come into force.

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Published in terms of: Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974

Gazette Number 2020 No. 350

Publication Date 26 March 2020

Effective Date 26 March 2020

Source:

https://www.legislation.gov.uk

Copyright: This information has been licensed from the Controller of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office and the Queen’s Printer for Scotland and contains Crown copyright information, which is reproduced with the permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Queen’s Printer for Scotland and is subject to the copyright and licence at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/licence

 


 

trTurkey

Havayolu ile Seyahat Eden Yolcuların Haklarına Dair Yönetmelik (SHY-Yolcu)’de Değişiklik Yapılmasına Dair Yönetmelik [Regulation Amending the Regulation on the Rights of Passengers Traveling by Air (SHY-Passenger)]

Highlight:

The General Directorate of Civil Aviation of the Republic of Turkey has published the Regulations Amending the Regulation on the Rights of Passengers Traveling by Air (SHY-Passenger) (the "Amendment Regulations").

The Amendment Regulations amend the Regulations on the Rights of Passengers Traveling by Air (SHY-Passenger) by adding a Provisional Article regarding flight cancellations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Amongst others, the Amendment Regulations state that a passenger whose flight has been canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak has the right to change the ticket or to exchange the ticket for a desired date depending on the airline's availability.

This notification has been included for information purposes only, despite the fact that the Regulations and Amendment Regulations do not impose obligations on your organisation. 

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Published in terms of 6331 Sayılı İş Sağlığı ve Güvenliği Kanunu [Occupational Health & Safety Law numbered 6331]

Gazette Number: 31079

Publication Date: 25 March 2020

Effective Date: 25 March 2020

Source: https://www.resmigazete.gov.tr/

Copyright: © 2020 Tüm Hakları Saklıdır. Gizlilik, Kullanım ve Telif Hakları bildiriminde belirtilen kurallar çerçevesinde hizmet sunulmaktadır.

 


 

Last Updated: Thursday 26 March 2020

gbUnited Kingdom

Coronavirus Act 2020

Highlight:

The Parliament of the United Kingdom has published the Coronavirus Act 2020 (the "Act").

The Act contains temporary measures designed to either amend existing legislative provisions or introduce new statutory powers designed to mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Act sets out, among other things:

-obligations on qualifying employers to pay statutory sick pay to employees incapable of working because of coronavirus; this is to be funded by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
-penalties for employers who make fraudulent claims or who fail to keep the records required to support a claim above
-provisions that protect business tenants from forfeiture of premises by landlords if they are unable to pay rent during the specified period (up to 30 June 2020).

The Act will expire 2 years from the day it is passed.

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Published in terms of Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974

Gazette Number: 2020 c. 7

Publication Date: 26 March 2020

Effective Date: 26 March 2020

Source: http://www.legislation.gov.uk

Copyright: This information has been licensed from the Controller of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office and the Queen’s Printer for Scotland and contains Crown copyright information, which is reproduced with the permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Queen’s Printer for Scotland and is subject to the copyright and licence at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/licence

 


 

trTurkey

COVID-19 Kapsamında Kamu Çalışanlarına Yönelik İlave Tedbirler ile İlgili 2020/4 Sayılı Cumhurbaşkanlığı Genelgesi [Presidential Circular No. 2020/4 on Additional Measures for Public Employees within the Scope of COVID-19]

Highlight:

The President of Republic of Turkey has published Presidential Circular No. 2020/4 on Additional Measures for Public Employees within the Scope of COVID-19 (the "Circular").

The Circular suggests various work-related measures to be put in place for public employees amidst a time of trying to reduce the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Where possible, the President advises that remote working and more flexible working conditions are to be implemented.

This notification has been included for information purposes only, despite the fact that it does not impose obligations on your organisation.

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Published in terms of 6331 Sayılı İş Sağlığı ve Güvenliği Kanunu [Occupational Health & Safety Law numbered 6331]

Gazette Number: 31076 (Repeated)

Publication Date: 22 March 2020

Effective Date: 22 March 2020

Source: https://www.resmigazete.gov.tr/

Copyright: © 2020 Tüm Hakları Saklıdır. Gizlilik, Kullanım ve Telif Hakları bildiriminde belirtilen kurallar çerçevesinde hizmet sunulmaktadır.

 


 

auAustralia

Boosting Cash Flow for Employers (Coronavirus Economic Response Package) Bill 2020

Highlight:

The Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia has published the Boosting Cash Flow for Employers (Coronavirus Economic Response Package) Bill 2020 (the "Bill")


The Bill:

-provides for payments to support employers and encourage the retention of employees through any downturn
-sets out the criteria for entities that are eligible to receive the payment
-states that the first cash flow boost is payable by the Commissioner in relation to periods ending from March 2020 to June 2020
-provides for the Commissioner to make the second cash flow boost payments for eligible periods from June to September 2020.


This notification has been included for information purposes only. The Bill has not yet been signed into law and may not impose obligations on your organisation.

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Published in terms of Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

Publication Date: 23 March 2020

Source: https://www.health.gov.au

Copyright: © Commonwealth of Austr​alia 2020.

 


 

auAustralia

Structured Finance Support (Coronavirus Economic Response Package) Bill 2020

Highlight:

The Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia has published the Structured Finance Support Bill (the "Bill").


The Bill establishes the Structured Finance Support (Coronavirus Economic Response) Fund, initially consisting of $15 billion to:


-enable the Government to ensure continued access to funding markets impacted by the economic effects of the Coronavirus
-mitigate impacts on competition in consumer and business lending markets resulting from the Coronavirus
-ensure smaller lenders can maintain access to funding, by the Government making targeted investments in structured finance market.


This notification has been included for information purposes only. The Bill has not yet been signed into law and may not impose obligations on your organisation.

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Published in terms of Corporations Act 2001

Publication Date: 23 March 2020

Source: https://www.health.gov.au

Copyright: © Commonwealth of Austr​alia 2020.

 


 

auAustralia

Guarantee of Lending to Small and Medium Enterprises (Coronavirus Economic Response Package) Bill 2020

Highlight:

The Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia has published the Guarantee of Lending to Small and Medium Enterprises (Coronavirus Economic Response Package) Bill 2020  (the "Bill").

The Bill provides that the Minister may, on behalf of the Commonwealth, grant guarantees to financial institutions in connection with loans made to SMEs if granting the guarantee is likely to assist in dealing with the economic impacts of the Coronavirus.

This notification has been included for information purposes only. The Bill has not yet been signed into law and may not impose obligations on your organisation.

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Published in terms of  Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

Publication Date: 23 March 2020

Source: https://www.health.gov.au

Copyright: © Commonwealth of Austr​alia 2020.

 


 

unnamed-2South Africa

Disaster Management Act 57 of 2002: Directions made in terms of Section 27(2) by the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Highlight:

The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs has issued the Directions made in terms of Section 27(2) by the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs ("the Directions"), to address, prevent and combat the spread of COVID-19 in South Africa.

The Directions apply to all provinces, municipalities, and where indicated, institutions of Traditional Leadership.

The purpose is the Directions is to assist municipalities and provinces in respect of the following matters in response to COVID-19:

-Provision of water and sanitation services
-Hygiene education, communication and awareness
-Waste management, cleansing and sanitisation
-Municipal public spaces, facilities and offices
-Customary initiations and cultural practices
-Isolation and quarantine
-Monitoring and enforcement
-Municipal operations and governance
-Institutional arrangements and development of COVID-19 response plans; and
-Precautionary measures to mitigate employee health and safety risks.

This notification has been included for information purposes only, despite the fact that the Directions do not impose obligations on your organisation.

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Published in terms of Disaster Management Act 57 Of 2002

Gazette Number: GG43147

Notice Number: GN399

Publication Date: 25 March 2020

Effective Date: 25 March 2020

Source: http://www.gpwonline.co.za

Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Government Printing Works


 

auAustralia

Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus Bill 2020

Highlight:

The Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia has published the Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus Bill 2020 (the "Bill").

The Bill is part of a legislative package containing various Bills to implement the Government’s economic response to the spread of the Coronavirus.

The Bill, among other things:

-proposes to amend certain legislation to provide additional financial assistance to Australian farms and households that are financially impacted by the Coronavirus
-amends income tax legislation to increase the cost threshold below which small businesses can access a deduction for depreciating assets and certain related expenditure from $30,000 to $150,000
-provides an incentive for businesses with turnovers of less than $500 million per year to invest in plant and equipment and other depreciating assets
-provides for government payments to support employers by boosting their cash flow and encourages the retention of employees through any downturn
-proposes assistance to apprentices and trainees in the aviation industry
-establishes a temporary mechanism to provide regulatory relief to persons that are unable to meet their obligations under the Corporations Act or the Corporations Regulations
-provides flexibility to manage the impact of the Coronavirus, as well as future disasters, on families and on business continuity for child care services
-provides temporary relief for financially distressed individuals and businesses.


This notification has been included for information purposes only. The Bill has not yet been signed into law and may not impose obligations on your organisation.

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Published in terms of  Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

Publication Date: 23 March 2020

Source: https://www.health.gov.au

Copyright: © Commonwealth of Austr​alia 2020.

 


 

auAustralia

Australian Business Growth Fund (Coronavirus Economic Response Package) Bill 2020

Highlight:

The Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia has published the Australian Business Growth Fund (Coronavirus Economic Response Package) Bill 2020 (the "Bill").

The Bill is part of a legislative package containing various Bills to implement the Government’s economic response to the spread of the Coronavirus.

The Government will help SMEs grow by co-investing with other financial institutions to establish an Australian Business Growth Fund that will provide equity finance to SMEs across a range of industries and locations.

This notification has been included for information purposes only. The Bill has not yet been signed into law and may not impose obligations on your organisation.

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Published in terms of  Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

Publication Date: 23 March 2020

Source: https://www.health.gov.au

Copyright: © Commonwealth of Austr​alia 2020.

 


 

auAustralia

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for employers

Highlight:

The Australian Department of Health has published an information sheet for employers about coronavirus (COVID-19) (the " Fact Sheet").

The Fact Sheet states that:


-people who have returned from overseas should isolate themselves at home and monitor their health closely
-people who think they may have been in close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus must isolate at home, monitor their health and seek medical advice if key symptoms develop
-employees who are in isolation must alert their employer and may discuss alternative arrangements such as working from home
-employers must provide information and brief all employees and contract staff, including domestic and cleaning staff, on relevant information and procedures to prevent the spread of coronavirus
-cleaning staff must wear gloves, use alcohol-based hand sanitiser and, if they are available, wear surgical masks in a place where a person in isolation has frequented.

The Fact Sheet also addresses whether food and drink can spread coronavirus and provide guidance on how to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

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Published in terms of  Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

Publication Date: 23 March 2020

Source: https://www.health.gov.au

Copyright: © Commonwealth of Austr​alia 2020.

 


 

auAustralia

Limits on public gatherings for coronavirus (COVID-19)

Highlight:

The Australian Department of Health has published limits on public gatherings for coronavirus (COVID-19).

This document sets out measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, including:

-defining and suspending non-essential gatherings
-restricting listed public entertainment, refreshment and health facilities from opening, from 12:00am on 26 March 2020
-stating that essential gatherings must have no more than 500 people, if outdoors or 100 if indoors
-defining essential gatherings
-placing restrictions on aged care facilities
-clarifying that the 100 person restriction does not apply to public transport, which is considered to be essential
-the procedures and precautions to be followed when having an essential outdoor gathering.

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Published in terms of  Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

Publication Date: 23 March 2020

Source: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/how-to-protect-yourself-and-others-from-coronavirus-covid-19/limits-on-public-gatherings-for-coronavirus-covid-19

Copyright: © Commonwealth of Austr​alia 2020.

 


Last Updated: Wednesday 25 March 2020

unnamed-2South Africa

Disaster Management Act, 2002: Amendment of Regulations issued in terms of Section 27(2) of the Act

Highlight:

The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, having declared a national state of disaster as published in GG43096, GN313 of 15 March 2020, has published the Amendment of Regulations issued in terms of Section 27(2) of the Act (the "Amendment Regulations").

The Amendment Regulations create changes to the Disaster Management Act, 2002: Regulations issued in terms of Section 27(2) of the Act (GN 318) on your Libryo, through updating the applicability thereof and amending / inserting various sections.

Amongst other, the Amendment Regulations deal with the:

-refusal of medical examination, prophylaxis, treatment, isolation and quarantine

-places of quarantine and isolation

-offences and penalties for non-compliance

-restrictions on the movement of persons and goods

-prohibition of public transportation

-resources by the State during lockdown

-categorisation of essential goods and services during lockdown; and

-places and premises closed to the public.

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Published in terms of Disaster Management Act 57 Of 2002

Gazette Number GG43148

Notice Number GN398

Publication Date 25 March 2020

Effective Date 25 March 2020

Source: http://www.gpwonline.co.za/Gazettes/Pages/Published-Separate-Gazettes.aspx

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Site Operating Procedures during COVID-19

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The Construction Leadership Council has published the Site Operating Procedures (the "Procedures).

The Procedures provide a uniform standard for the construction industry to comply with the Government’s social distancing recommendation by setting out guidelines on:

-social distancing on site

-the criteria for when workers must go into self-isolation

-what to do if someone falls ill

-how employees must travel to and from work

-who should be allowed past site access points

-the provision of adequate hand washing facilities

-restriction on the use of toilet facilities and the cleaning and maintenance of these facilities

-seating arrangements in work canteens in light of the closure of restaurants and cafes

-how and when changing facilities, showers and drying rooms are to be used by employees

-enhanced cleaning procedures that must be in place across the site, particularly in communal areas and at touch points.

In addition, if a site does not consistently implement the measures in the Procedures, it may be required to shut down.

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Published in terms of Building Act 1984

Publication Date 23 March 2020

Source: http://www.constructionleadershipcouncil.co.uk/ 

Construction Leadership Council, © 2020, All rights reserved


 

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Extra protection for businesses with ban on evictions for commercial tenants who miss rent payments

Highlight:

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government have published the Extra protection for businesses with ban on eviction for commercial tenants who miss rent payment.

The document states that:

-commercial tenants who cannot pay their rent because of coronavirus will not be evicted, for a period of 3 months

-government measures will support ongoing conversations between landlords and tenants regarding voluntary arrangements.

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Published in terms of Building Act 1984

Publication Date 23 March 2020

Source: http://www.legislation.gov.uk

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Coronavirus Bill: Third Reading

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The House of Commons has read the Coronavirus Bill (the "Bill") for the third time.   

You received notice of the introduction of the Bill on 20 March 2020.

The following amendments to the first draft, among others, have been proposed:

-expiring the legislation 6 months from when it comes into force

-abolishing the lower earnings limit below which a worker is not entitled to statutory sick pay

-inserting provision for a "day of incapacity" for workers to include a day of self-isolation or a day for a worker to care for a person needing such care because they are suffering from severe respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 or other communicable disease, are self-isolating or are unable to care for themselves or qualifies for time off in terms of the Employment Rights Act 1996 (time off for dependants)

-provisions relating to the staffing of A&E departments in hospitals.

This notification has been included for information purposes only. The Bill has not yet been signed into law and may not impose obligations on your organisation.

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Published in terms of Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974

Publication Date 23 March 2020

Source: https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2020-03-23/debates/1BF3C655-EAD2-45DF-BAE2-30052908F7E6/CoronavirusBill

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Bermuda: Public Health (COVID-19) Amendment Regulations 2020

Highlight:

The Minister responsible for Health, has published the Public Health (COVID-19) Amendment Regulations 2020 ("the Amendment Regulations"). 

The Amendment Regulations create changes to the Public Health (COVID-19) Regulations 2020 ("the Regulations"), through updating section 19 which deals with enforcement measures and the application to Justice of the Peace.

The Regulations were published on 20 March 2020 and detail various measures that have been put in place to effectively deal with the effects of COVID-19.

This notification has been included for information purposes only, despite the fact that the regulation does not impose obligations on your organisation.

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Gazette Number BR19/2020

Publication Date 23 March 2020

Effective Date 23 March 2020

Source: http://www.bermudalaws.bm/SitePages/Gazette.aspx

Copyright:  2018 This website and its contents are Crown Copyright The Government of Bermuda - All Rights Reserved


 

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Competition Act 89 of 1998, as amended: Covid-19 Block Exemption for the Retail Property Sector, 2020

Highlight:

The Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition has published the Covid-19 Block Exemption for the Retail Property Sector, 2020 ("the Regulations")

The Regulations exempt a category of agreements or practices between designated retail tenants and the retail property landlords from the application of sections 4 and 5 of the Competition Act, 80 of 1998 in response to the declaration of COVID-19 pandemic as a national disaster in terms of the Disaster Management Act 57 Of 2002, for the purpose of: 

-promoting concerted conduct to prevent an escalation of the national disaster and to alleviate, contain and minimise the economic and social effects of the national disaster; and

-enabling the retail property sector to minimise the negative impact on the ability of designated retail tenants, including small independent retailers, to manage their finances during the national disaster and be in a position to continue normal operations beyond the national disaster.


The Regulations deal with the category of agreements or practices exempted, including clothing, footwear, home textile retailers, personal care services and restaurants.

Given the unpredictability of managing the COVID-19 pandemic, the areas of collaboration and designated retail tenant list exempted in these Regulations may be expanded or reduced by the Minister by notice published in the Government Gazette in terms of these Regulations.

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Published in terms of Competition Act, 80 of 1998

Gazette Number GG43134

Notice Number GN358

Publication Date 24 March 2020

Effective Date 24 March 2020

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Last Updated: Tuesday 24 March 2020

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Amendment of the regulation on provisional measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Highlight:

The Federal Minister for Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection has published the Ordinance of the Federal Minister for Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection, which amends the ordinance on provisional measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (the "Ordinance").

The Federal Act on Provisional Measures to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 (COVID-19 Measures Act), which is being added to your legal register prohibits people from entering the customer area of ​​business premises to purchase goods or use services, unless the business is exempted.

The Ordinance clarifies that the exception only applies on working days from 7:40 am to 7:00 pm at the latest, unless the business has a point of sale for food producers.

The Ordinance expires on 13 April 2020.

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Published in terms of Ausländerbeschäftigungsgesetz 1984 [Austrian Act on the Employment of Foreigners]

Gazette Number BGBl. II Nr. 111/2020

Publication Date 22 March 2020

Effective Date 22 March 2020

Source: https://www.ris.bka.gv.at/Dokumente/BgblAuth/BGBLA_2020_I_12/BGBLA_2020_I_12.html

Copyright: © 2019 Bundesministerium für Digitalisierung und Wirtschaftsstandort

 


 

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus: Closure of Leisure Businesses, Footpaths and Access Land) (Wales) Regulations 2020

Highlight:

The Welsh Ministers have published the Health Protection (Coronavirus: Closure of Leisure Businesses, Footpaths and Access Land) (Wales) Regulations 2020 (the "Regulations").

 

The Regulations place obligations on persons responsible for leisure businesses and holiday sites to:

-close leisure businesses during the emergency occasioned by the serious and imminent threat to public health posed by the incidence and spread of coronavirus

-require any person using a mobile home or caravan on the site when the premises are closed to vacate the premises

-close certain public footpaths and land during the emergency.


The Regulations also prescribe offences for non compliance.

The restrictions imposed by the Regulations will expire after 6 months from the date they come into effect.

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Published in terms of Public Health (Wales) Act 2017

Gazette Number 2020 No. 334 (W. 76)

Publication Date 24 March 2020

Effective Date 24 March 2020

Source:

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/wsi/2020/326/made

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Bermuda: Public Health (COVID-19) Amendment Regulations 2020

Highlight:

The Minister responsible for Health, has published the Public Health (COVID-19) Amendment Regulations 2020 ("the Amendment Regulations"). 

The Amendment Regulations create changes to the Public Health (COVID-19) Regulations 2020 ("the Regulations"), through updating section 19 which deals with enforcement measures and the application to Justice of the Peace.

The Regulations were published on 20 March 2020 and detail various measures that have been put in place to effectively deal with the effects of COVID-19.

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Gazette Number BR19/2020

Publication Date 23 March 2020

Effective Date 23 March 2020

Source: http://www.bermudalaws.bm/SitePages/Gazette.aspx

Copyright:  2018 This website and its contents are Crown Copyright The Government of Bermuda - All Rights Reserved

 


 

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Declaration of State of Emergency - National Disaster (COVID-19): Namibian Constitution

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The President of the Republic of Namibia has proclaimed a Declaration of State of Emergency - National Disaster (COVID-19): Namibian Constitution (the "Proclamation").

The Proclamation states that with effect from 17 March 2020, a State of Emergency exists in the whole of Namibia on account of the outbreak of the Coronavirus disease (COVID -19).

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Published in terms of Constitution Of The Republic Of Namibia, 1990

Gazette Number GG 7148

Notice Number GN 7

Publication Date 18 March 2020

Effective Date 17 March 2020

Copyright Namibia Legal Database


 

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Cayman Islands: Public Health (Control and Suppression of Covid-19) (Amendment) Regulations, 2020

Highlight:

The Cabinet has published the Public Health (Control and Suppression of Covid-19) (Amendment) Regulations, 2020 ("the Amendment Regulations"). 

The Amendment Regulations create changes to the Public Health (Control and Suppression of Covid-19) Regulations, 2020 ("the Regulations"), through inserting section 4A, detailing the restriction of certain operations for the purposes of preventing, controlling and suppressing the spread of the virus. 

The Regulations were published on 13 March 2020 and prohibit any public meeting, procession or festive ceremony in the Islands.

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Gazette Number SL 25 of 2020

Publication Date 20 March 2020

Effective Date 20 March 2020

Source: http://www.gov.ky/portal/page/portal/gazhome

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Bermuda: Quarantine (COVID-19) Order 2020

Highlight:

The Minister responsible for health, being of the opinion that a public health emergency exists has published the Quarantine (COVID-19) Order 2020 ("the Order"). 

The Order places an obligation on persons under various circumstances to quarantine, and provides for offences and penalties for non-compliance. 

The provisions of the Public Health (COVID-19) Regulations 2020, in addition to the provisions of this Order, shall apply to a person who has landed in Bermuda.

This notification has been included for information purposes only, despite the fact that the Order does not impose obligations on your organisation. 

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Gazette Number BR17/2020

Publication Date 20 March 2020

Effective Date 20 March 2020

Source: http://www.bermudalaws.bm/SitePages/Gazette.aspx

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Bermuda: Quarantine (Travel Ban) (No. 2) Order 2020

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The Minister responsible for health, being of the opinion that due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic a public health emergency exists, has published the Quarantine (Travel Ban) (No. 2) Order 2020 ("the Order"). 

The Order details that a person shall not enter Bermuda unless the person

-belongs to Bermuda within the meaning of section 11(5) of the Constitution

-is a resident of Bermuda or a dependant of such person who has permission to reside in Bermuda under the Bermuda Immigration and Protection Act 1956

-is a crew member of a cargo, commercial aircraft or a cargo ship; or

-has written permission of the Quarantine Authority to enter Bermuda.


Any person who enters Bermuda shall comply with any requirements under the Quarantine Act 2017 and the Public Health Act 1949. 

The Quarantine (Travel Ban) Order 2020 (BR 11 / 2020) is hereby revoked, and will be removed from the "Guidelines, Manuals, Frameworks and Management Plans" folder on your Legal Register.

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Gazette Number BR15/2020 

Publication Date 20 March 2020

Effective Date 20 March 2020

Source: http://www.bermudalaws.bm/SitePages/Gazette.aspx

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Bermuda: Public Health (COVID-19) Regulations 2020

Highlight:

The Minister of Health has published the Public Health (COVID-19) Regulations 2020 ("the Regulations"). 

Amongst others, the Regulations deal with:

-powers to contain COVID-19, and the restrictions and requirements thereof

-public health supervision

-active monitoring and isolation

-enforcement of monitoring and reporting

-temporary isolation hospitals; and

-offences and penalties for non-compliance.

These Regulations cease to have effect at the end of the period of two years beginning on the day on which they come into force (20 March 2020).

This notification has been included for information purposes only, despite the fact that the Order does not impose obligations on your organisation. 

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Gazette Number BR16/2020 

Publication Date 20 March 2020

Effective Date 20 March 2020

Source: http://www.bermudalaws.bm/SitePages/Gazette.aspx

Copyright:  2018 This website and its contents are Crown Copyright The Government of Bermuda - All Rights Reserved

 


 

unnamed-2South Africa

Competition Act 89 of 1998, as amended: Covid-19 Block Exemption for the Banking Sector, 2020

Highlight:

The Minister of Trade and Industry has published the Covid-19 Block Exemption for the Banking Sector, 2020. The Regulations exempt a category of agreements or practices between Banks, Banking Association of South Africa and/or Payments Association of South Africa from the application of sections 4 and 5 of the Competition Act, 80 of 1998 in response to the declaration of COVID-19 pandemic as a national disaster in terms of the Disaster Management Act 57 Of 2002, for the purpose of:

-promoting concerted conduct to prevent an escalation of the national disaster and to alleviate, contain and minimise the effects of the national disaster

-enabling the banking sector to minimise the negative impact on the ability of customers, including both business and private individuals, to manage their finances

-during the national disaster, and be in a position to continue normal operations beyond the national disaster; and

-enabling the banking sector to manage the banking infrastructure, including the payment infrastructure, ATMs and branches.

The Regulations deal with the category of agreements or practices exempted, including payment systems and debtor and credit management.

Given the unpredictability of managing the COVID-19 pandemic, the areas of collaboration exempted in these Regulations may be expanded or reduced by the Minister by notice published in the Government Gazette in terms of these Regulations.

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Published in terms of Competition Act, 80 of 1998

Gazette Number GG43127

Notice Number GN355

Publication Date 23 March 2020

Effective Date 23 March 2020

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Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act 130 of 1993: Notice on Compensation for Occupationally-Acquired Novel Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) under Act as amended

Highlight:

The Compensation Commissioner has published the Notice on Compensation for Occupationally-Acquired Novel Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) ("the Notice"). Amongst other, the Notice deals with:

-occupationally-acquired COVID-19 diagnosis -very high exposure risk occupations

-high exposure risk occupations -medium exposure risk occupations

-low exposure risk occupations -assessment and degrees of impairment

-temporary total disablement payments

-liability for suspected, unconfirmed and confirmed cases

-medical aid provision

-death benefits

-reporting documents; and

-claims processing.

All employers and Medical Service Providers must follow the stipulated prescripts when submitting claims and supporting medical reports for COVID-19.

When submitting reports online through the CompEasy system or Mutual Association Claims systems, Medical Service Providers must use the emergency Covid-19 ICD-10 code: U07.1 as proposed by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The Notice comes into effect on the date of publication (23 March 2020) and is implemented with immediate effect.

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Published in terms of Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act, 130 of 1993 (COIDA)

Gazette Number GG43126

Notice Number GN193

Publication Date 23 March 2020

Effective Date 23 March 2020

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Last Updated: Monday 23 March, 2020

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Business Closure) (Wales) Regulations 2020

Highlight:

The Welsh Ministers have published the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Business Closure) (Wales) Regulations 2020 (the "Regulations").

The Regulations state, among other things, that to protect against the public health risks arising from coronavirus, businesses listed in Schedule 1 must:


-close any premises in which food or drink are sold for consumption
-stop selling food or drink for consumption on their premises
-if they sell food or drink for consumption off the premises, stop selling food or drink for consumption on its premises during the relevant period.


The Regulations also set out what is not considered "food or drink sold for consumption on premises".

The restrictions imposed by the Regulations will be reviewed every 28 days. As soon as the Welsh Ministers consider that these restrictions are no longer necessary to prevent, protect against, control or provide a public health response to the coronavirus, a direction must be published terminating the relevant period.

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Published in terms of Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984

Gazette Number 2020 No. 326 (W. 74)

Publication Date 21 March 2020

Effective Date 21 March 2020

Source:

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/wsi/2020/326/made

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Business Closure) (England) Regulations 2020

Highlight:

The Secretary of State has published the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Business Closure) (England) Regulations 2020 (the "Regulations"). The Regulations state, among other things, that to protect against the public health risks arising from coronavirus, businesses listed in Schedule 1 must:

-close any premises in which food or drink are sold for consumption

-stop selling food or drink for consumption on their premises

-if they sell food or drink for consumption off the premises, stop selling food or drink for consumption on its premises during the relevant period.

The Regulations also set out what is not considered "food or drink sold for consumption on premises".

The restrictions imposed by the Regulations will be reviewed every 28 days. As soon as the Secretary of State considers that these restrictions are no longer necessary to prevent, protect against, control or provide a public health response to the coronavirus, a direction must be published terminating the relevant period.

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Published in terms of: Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984

Gazette Number 2020 No. 327

Publication Date 21 March 2020

Effective Date 23 March 2020

Source:

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/327/contents/made

Copyright: This information has been licensed from the Controller of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office and the Queen’s Printer for Scotland and contains Crown copyright information, which is reproduced with the permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Queen’s Printer for Scotland and is subject to the copyright and licence at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/licence

 


 

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Coronavirus - advice on working from home and latest government updates

Highlight:

The Health and Safety Executive has published advice on working from home (the "Advice").

The Advice sets out that an employer has the same health and safety responsibilities for employees working from home as for any other workers and urges procedures to be put in place to clarify:


-how employers are to keep in touch with employees working from home
-what work activities home workers will be doing (and for how long)
-whether work can be done safely from home
-whether control measures can be put in place to protect employees working from home
-how to supervise lone workers working without supervision
-working with display screen equipment
-stress and mental health support for workers.

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Published in terms of: Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974

Publication Date: 20 March 2020

Source:

https://www.hse.gov.uk/toolbox/workers/home.htm?utm_source=sendinblue&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=coronavirus&utm_content=homeworking 

Copyright: This information has been licensed from the Controller of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office and the Queen’s Printer for Scotland and contains Crown copyright information, which is reproduced with the permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Queen’s Printer for Scotland and is subject to the copyright and licence at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/licence

 


 

Last Updated: Friday 20 March, 2020

 

gbUK

Support for businesses affected by COVID-19

Highlight:

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has published support for businesses affected by COVID-19.

The government intends to support public services, individuals and businesses that may be affected by COVID-19 by:

-refunding businesses that have fewer than 250 employees the cost of providing 2 weeks of COVID-19 related statutory sick pay for each employee in order to provide 2 million employers with up to £2 billion to cover the costs of large-scale sick leave

-providing further details on how employers can access the rebate in due course.

Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs has set up a dedicated helpline, 0800 0159 559, to help businesses and self-employed individuals in financial distress and with outstanding tax liabilities receive support with their tax affairs.

Through this, businesses may be able to agree a time-to-pay arrangement.

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Published in terms of: Employment Rights Act 1996

Publication Date: 19 March 2020

Source: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/872586/7662_Employer_Bulletin_Budget_special_v4.pdf

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Last Updated: Friday 20 March, 2020

 

gbUK

Support for businesses affected by COVID-19

Highlight:

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has published support for businesses affected by COVID-19.

The government intends to support public services, individuals and businesses that may be affected by COVID-19 by:

-refunding businesses that have fewer than 250 employees the cost of providing 2 weeks of COVID-19 related statutory sick pay for each employee in order to provide 2 million employers with up to £2 billion to cover the costs of large-scale sick leave

-providing further details on how employers can access the rebate in due course.

Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs has set up a dedicated helpline, 0800 0159 559, to help businesses and self-employed individuals in financial distress and with outstanding tax liabilities receive support with their tax affairs.

Through this, businesses may be able to agree a time-to-pay arrangement.

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Published in terms of: Employment Rights Act 1996

Publication Date: 19 March 2020

Source: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/872586/7662_Employer_Bulletin_Budget_special_v4.pdf

Copyright: This information has been licensed from the Controller of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office and the Queen’s Printer for Scotland and contains Crown copyright information, which is reproduced with the permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Queen’s Printer for Scotland and is subject to the copyright and licence at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/licence

 


 

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Public Health (Communicable Disease) Order 2020

Highlight:

The Minister responsible for health, has published the Public Health (Communicable Disease) Order 2020 ("the Order").

The Order inserts the "coronavirus (2019-nCoV)" into the definition of “communicable disease of the first category”, published under the Public Health Act 1949.

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Gazette Number: BR8/2020

Publication Date: 7 February 2020

Effective Date: 7 February 2020

Source: http://www.bermudalaws.bm/SitePages/Gazette.aspx

Copyright:  2018 This website and its contents are Crown Copyright The Government of Bermuda - All Rights Reserved

 


 

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Quarantine (Communicable Disease) Order 2020

Highlight:

The Minister responsible for health, has published the Quarantine (Communicable Disease) Order 2020 ("the Order").

The Order inserts the "Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)" into the list of communicable diseases published under the Quarantine (Maritime and Air) Regulations 2017.

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Gazette Number: BR/2020

Publication Date: 7 February 2020

Effective Date: 7 February 2020

Source: http://www.bermudalaws.bm/SitePages/Gazette.aspx

Copyright:  2018 This website and its contents are Crown Copyright The Government of Bermuda - All Rights Reserved

 


 

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Quarantine (Travel Ban) Order 2020

Highlight:

The Minister responsible for health, being of the opinion that a public health emergency exists, after consultation with the Chief Medical Officer, has published the Quarantine (Travel Ban) Order 2020 ("the Order").

The Order details that a person who has been in a listed country, or travelled via a listed countries, in the 14 days preceding commencement of this Order or after commencement of this Order; and who is not resident in Bermuda, or who is a visitor to Bermuda, shall be denied entry into Bermuda.

“listed country” as referred to is:

-China

-Iran

-Italy; and

-Republic of Korea: Daegu or Cheongdo.

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Gazette Number: BR/2020

Publication Date: 12 March 2020

Effective Date: 12 March 2020

Source: http://www.bermudalaws.bm/SitePages/Gazette.aspx

Copyright:  2018 This website and its contents are Crown Copyright The Government of Bermuda - All Rights Reserved

 


 

gbUK

Coronavirus Bill

Highlight:

The House of Commons has introduced the Coronavirus Bill (the "Bill").

The Bill contains temporary measures designed to either amend existing legislative provisions or introduce new statutory powers which are designed to mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Bill proposes provisions relating to:

-emergency registration of health professionals

-temporary registration of social workers

-emergency volunteers

-mental health and mental capacity

-the registration of still-births and deaths

-food supply

-statutory sick pay including the funding of employers’ liabilities

-pensions

-powers relating to potentially infectious persons.

The legislation (when signed into law) will be time-limited for 2 years and these measures will not necessarily all come into force immediately or at the same time.

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Published in terms of: Human Rights Act, 1998

Publication Date: 19 March 2020

Source: https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2020-03-19/debates/A72357FF-0207-4CE1-A3EF-B5F2D5AE5089/CoronavirusEmploymentSupport

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Companies House advice on filing deadlines

Highlight:

The Financial Reporting Council has published the Coronavirus (COVID-19): Companies House advice on filing deadlines (the "Advice").

Amongst others, the Advice informs that:

-Companies House may grant those who apply, an extension to file company accounts

-Companies should act before the filing deadline and

-The law presently gives a three month extension.

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Published in terms of: Companies Act 2006

Publication Date: 19 March 2020

Effective Date: 19 March 2020

Source: https://www.frc.org.uk/news/march-2020-(1)/coronavirus-companies-house-extending-filing-deadl

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auAustralia

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Advice for Employers

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Safe Work Australia has published Coronavirus (COVID-19): Advice for Employers (the "Advice").

The Advice addresses the following in relation to employers:

-managing the risks from COVID-19

-adequately consulting workers about measures in place to minimise the risk of COVID-19

-managing and complying with privacy obligations to workers

-what an employer must do if they cannot get supplies of real or perceived necessities (e.g. hand sanitiser, masks)

-whether workers must wear surgical masks?

-whether workers who may come into close contact with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 should the workers use personal protective equipment (PPE)

-when an employer direct a worker to stay away from their usual place of work

-other considerations an employer should make when deciding whether a worker or other people need to stay away from their usual place of work

-the risks an employer should consider if workers are working from home

-whether workers or other people must comply with a direction from an employer to stay away from their usual place of work

-whether a worker can refuse to come to work

-meeting work, health and safety duties when it comes to risks to workers' psychological health

-Workers’ Compensation and COVID-19.

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Published in terms of: Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988

Publication Date: 20 March 2020

Source: https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/doc/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-employers#Background

Copyright: © Commonwealth of Austr​alia 2020.

 


 

gbUK

The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Wales) Regulations 2020

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The Welsh Ministers have published the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Wales) Regulations 2020 (the "Regulations").

The Regulations supplement the health protection regime in the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984 (“the 1984 Act”) where there is a serious and imminent threat to public health from the virus known as Coronavirus or “Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2”, which causes the disease known as “COVID-19 by:

-enabling a person to be detained for screening purposes where certain conditions are met

-enabling screening and other requirements to be imposed on a person where certain conditions are met

-setting out the screening requirements

-enabling further restrictions and requirements to be imposed on certain persons to reduce or remove the risk of persons infecting or contaminating others

-providing for the isolation of persons

-making additional provision in relation to cases where persons are detained or isolated

-enabling restrictions and requirements to be imposed in relation to groups of persons

-laying out offences and penalties for non-compliance.

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Published in terms of: Public Health (Wales) Act 2017

Gazette Number: 2020 No. 308 (W. 68)

Publication Date: 17 March 2020

Effective Date: 18 March 2020

Source: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/wsi/2020/308/made

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unnamed-2South Africa

Competition Act 89 of 1998, as amended: Covid-19 block exemption for the Healthcare Sector, 2020

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The Minister of Trade and Industry has published the COVID-19 Block Exemption for the Healthcare Sector, 2020 ("the exemption Regulations").

The exemption Regulations intend to strengthen the Government's health programs designed to fight COVID-19, after having declared a National State of Disaster as published in GG43096, GN313 of 15 March 2020.

Amongst other, the exemption Regulations deal with:

-the category of agreements of practices exempted, including, Hospitals and healthcare facilities, Medical Suppliers, Medical specialists and radiologists,

-pathologists and laboratories, Pharmacies, and Healthcare funders

-agreements or practices to support the public healthcare sector

-cost reduction measures relating to diagnosis, tests, treatment and other preventative measures including vaccines; and

-record keeping obligations.

Any person may make written representations regarding the exemption Regulations by 02 April 2020. Representations should be submitted by email to ministry@economic.gov.za.

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Published in terms of: Competition Act, 80 of 1998

Gazette Number: GG43114

Notice Number: GN349

Publication Date: 19 March 2020

Effective Date: 19 March 2020

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unnamed-2South Africa

Competition Act 89 of 1998: Consumer and Customer Protection and National Disaster Management Regulations and Directions

Highlight:

The Minister of Trade and Industry has published the Consumer and Customer Protection and National Disaster Management Regulations and Directions ("the Regulations").

The intention of these Regulations is to protect consumers from excessive, unfair, unreasonable or unjust pricing of goods and services during the national state of disaster as declared in GG43096, GN313 of 15 March 2020.

Amongst other, the Regulations deal with:

-excessive pricing and the prohibition thereof

-unconscionable, unfair, unreasonable and unjust prices

-the supply and stock of goods; and

-offences and penalties for non-compliance.

The Regulations allow the Minister to take firmer measures if necessary, including setting limits on the number of items a consumer or customer may purchase in a defined period of time.

Any person may make written representation regarding these regulations and directions, no later than 02 April 2020. Representations should be submitted by email to ministry@economic.gov.za.

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Published in terms of: Competition Act, 80 of 1998

Gazette Number: GG43116

Notice Number: GN350

Publication Date: 19 March 2020

Effective Date: 19 March 2020

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unnamed-2South Africa

National Ports Act 12 of 2005: National Ports Act (COVID-19 Restrictions on the movement of persons and crew) Regulations, 2020

Highlight:

The Minister of Transport has published the National Ports Act (COVID-19 Restrictions on the movement of persons and crew) Regulations, 2020 ("the Regulations").

Amongst other, the Regulations:

-prohibit the embarkation and disembarkation of certain persons at South African sea ports

-improve hygiene control and sterilization facilities on ships, sea ports, port facilities operated by licensed operator, off-shore cargo handling facility, port

-repair facilities, provider of port services, port terminals, terminal operations and in licensed port operations

-implement a tracking, tracing and monitoring system at sea port -prohibit the holding of mass gatherings of more than 100 people in sea ports; and

-provide offences and penalties for non-compliance.

The Regulations are effective from 18 March 2020.

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Published in terms of: National Ports Act, 12 of 2005

Gazette Number: GG43103

Notice Number: GN173

Publication Date: 18 March 2020

Effective Date: 18 March 2020

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unnamed-2South Africa

Disaster Management Act, 2002: Regulations issued in terms of Section 27(2) of the Act

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The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, having declared a national state of disaster as published in GG43096, GN313 of 15 March 2020, has published the Regulations issued in terms of Section 27(2) of the Act ("the Regulations").

Amongst other, the Regulations deal with the:

-release of resources

-prevention and prohibition of gatherings

-refusal of medical examination, prophylaxis, treatment, isolation and quarantine

-places of quarantine and isolation -closure of schools and partial care facilities

-suspension of visits by all members of the public to various facilities and centres

-limitation on the sale, dispensing or transportation of alcoholic beverages

-Emergency Procurement Procedures; and

-offences and penalties for non-compliance.

The Regulations are effective from 18 March 2020.

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Published in terms of: Disaster Management Act 57 Of 2002

Gazette Number: GG43107

Notice Number: GN318

Publication Date: 18 March 2020

Effective Date: 18 March 2020

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unnamed-2South Africa

International Air Services Act 60 of 1993 and various other Acts: International Air Services (COVID-19 Restrictions on the Movement of Air Travel) Regulations, 2020 and other Regulations

Highlight:

The Minister of Transport has published the International Air Services (COVID-19 Restrictions on the movement of air travel) Regulations, 2020 ("the Regulations").

Amongst other, the Regulations:

-prohibit the embarkation and disembarkation of foreign nationals at international airports designated as ports of entry

-improve hygiene control and disinfection facilities on international airports designated as ports of entry operated by licensed airport operator, cargo handling facility, airports repair facilities, provider of airports maintenance or services, airport terminals, terminal operations and in licensed airports operations

-implement a tracking, tracing and monitoring system at airports

-prohibit the holding of mass gatherings in and around airports; and

-provide for offences and penalties for non-compliance.

The Regulations are effective from 18 March 2020.

The Minister of Transport has additionally published various Ministerial Orders that detail the compliance and implementation of the International Air Services (COVID-19 Restrictions on the movement of air travel) Regulations, 2020.

The Ministerial Orders remain in force until further notice.

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Gazette Number: GG43105

Notice Number: GN175

Publication Date: 18 March 2020

Effective Date: 18 March 2020

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kyCayman Islands

Cayman Islands: Public Health (Control and Suppression of Covid-19) Regulations, 2020

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The Cabinet has published the Public Health (Control and Suppression of Covid-19) Regulations, 2020 ("the Regulations").

The Regulations have been published in order to prevent, control and suppress the spread of the Covid-19 virus, and prohibit any public meeting, procession or festive ceremony in the Islands, commencing on the date these Regulations come into force (13 March 2020) until further notice or until such date as the Cabinet may by notice specify.

Any person who contravenes the Regulations commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine of one thousand dollars and to imprisonment for six months.

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Gazette Number: Legislation Gazette No. 18

Notice Number: Supplement No. 1

Publication Date: 13 March 2020

Effective Date: 13 March 2020

Source: http://www.gov.ky/portal/page/portal/gazhome/publications/gazettes/2020 

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kyCayman Islands

Cayman Islands: Control of Covid-19 Regulations, 2020

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The Cabinet has published the Control of Covid-19 Regulations, 2020 ("the Regulations").

Amongst other, the Regulations deal with the:

-refusal of entry to the Islands by tourist visitors after visit to an infected country

-persons in the Islands who have travelled to, from or through an infected country within a period of fourteen days or less; and

-powers, duties and functions of the Medical Officer of Health.

The Regulations cease to have effect at the end of the period of two years beginning on the day on which they come into force (28 February 2020) or at such other date as may be specified by Cabinet and notified in the Gazette.

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Gazette Number: Legislation Gazette No. 14

Notice Number: Supplement No. 1

Publication Date: 28 February 2020

Effective Date: 28 February 2020

Source: http://www.gov.ky/portal/page/portal/gazhome/publications/gazettes/2020 

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gbUK

The Statutory Sick Pay (General) (Coronavirus Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2020

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The Secretary of State has published the Statutory Sick Pay (General) (Coronavirus Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2020 (the "Amendment Regulations").

The Amendment Regulations amend the Statutory Sick Pay (General) Regulations 1982 (“the Regulations"), which are currently being added to your legal register, by:

-providing that people who are isolating themselves from others in accordance with advice on coronavirus disease from 16 March 2020 are deemed to be incapable of work and may claim statutory sick pay

-amending the definition of "coronavirus" to "severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2."

These Regulations cease to have effect at the end of the period of eight months beginning on 13th March 2020 (13 November 2020).

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Published in terms of: Employment Rights Act 1996

Gazette Number: 2020 No. 304

Publication Date: 16 March 2020

Effective Date: 17 March 2020

Source: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/304/made 

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Last Updated: Thursday 19 March, 2020

 

atAustria

12th federal law, which enacts a federal law on the establishment of the COVID-19 crisis management fund (COVID-19-FondsG) and a federal law on provisional measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (COVID-19 measures law) as well as the statutory provisional budget 2020, the Federal Financial Framework Act 2019 to 2022, the Federal Law on the Establishment of a Mining Share Corporation of the Federal Government, the Labor Market Policy Financing Act, the Labor Market Service Act and the Employment Contract Law Amendment Act (COVID-19 Act)

Highlight:

The National Council has published the 12th federal law, which enacts a federal law on the establishment of the COVID-19 crisis management fund (COVID-19-FondsG) and a federal law on provisional measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (COVID-19 measures law) as well as the statutory provisional budget 2020, the Federal Financial Framework Act 2019 to 2022, the Federal Law on the Establishment of a Mining Share Corporation of the Federal Government, the Labor Market Policy Financing Act, the Labor Market Service Act and the Employment Contract Law Amendment Act (the "COVID-19 Act").

The COVID-19 Act amends, among others, the Employment Law Amendment Act by:

-stating that if facilities are closed due to official measures and an employee who is not working in a critical area is not entitled to leave from work to look after their child, the employer can give the employee a special care period of up to 3 weeks to the care for children up to the age of 14, for whom there is a duty of care

-stating that employers are entitled to remuneration of one third of the remuneration paid to employees during the special care period by the federal government

-allowing the Federal Minister for Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection to prohibit the entry into permanent establishments or only certain permanent establishments for the purpose of purchasing goods and services to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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Gazette Number: GP XXVII IA 396 / A AB 102 p. 16. BR: AB 10287

Publication Date: 16 March 2020

Effective Date: 16 March 2020

Source: https://www.ris.bka.gv.at/Dokumente/BgblAuth/BGBLA_2020_I_12/BGBLA_2020_I_12.html

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gbUK

COVID-19: guidance for employees, employers and businesses

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Public Health England and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy have published Guidance for employees, employers and businesses in providing advice about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Guidance document assists employers, businesses and their staff in addressing coronavirus (COVID-19) by laying out that it is good practice for an employer to:

-keep everyone updated on actions being taken to reduce risks of exposure in the workplace

-ensure employees who are in a vulnerable group follow social distancing guidance

-update contact numbers and emergency contact details

-make sure managers know how to spot symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) and are clear on any relevant processes, for example sickness reporting and sick pay, and procedures in case someone in the workplace is infected

-make sure there are places to wash hands for 20 seconds with soap and water and encourage everyone to do so regularly

-provide hand sanitiser and tissues for staff, and encourage them to use them

The Guidance document also outlines:

-the symptoms of coronavirus

-the steps to be taken if someone develops these symptoms on site

-travel arrangements for anyone showing the symptoms

-that individuals who cannot work will be eligible for statutory sick pay (SSP), even if they are not themselves sick

-the guidelines for an employer certifying absence from work

-what to do if an employee needs time off work to look after someone

-how to handle post and packages

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Published in terms of: Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974

Publication Date: 18 March 2020

Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19 

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Last Updated: Wednesday 18 March, 2020

 

unnamed-2South Africa

Department of Employment and Labour unveils guidelines dealing with Covid-19 at workplaces

Highlight:

The Department of Employment and Labour (the "Department") have published Guidelines to deal with Covid-19 at the workplace (the "Guidelines").

The Guidelines, which focus on the following areas, should be used by employers and workers to assist in identifying risk levels in the workplace and to determine any appropriate control measures to implement:

-engineering controls

-administrative controls

-safe work practices

-personal protective equipment (PPE)

The Department noted further that employers are to use the prescriptions of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 85 of 1993, specifically section 8(2)(b) and (d), read with the Regulations for Hazardous Biological Agents, 2001, in managing workplaces in relation to the growing coronavirus pandemic.

An appeal has been made to employers to prepare themselves and their workers as far in advance as possible of potentially worsening outbreak conditions.

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Publication Date: 17 March 2020

Effective Date: 17 March 2020

Source: https://www.gov.za/speeches/department-employment-and-labour-unveil-guidelines-deal-covid-19-workplaces-17-mar-2020 

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Last Updated: Tuesday 17 March, 2020

 

euEuropean Union

Statement of the EDPB Chair on the processing of personal data in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak

Highlight:

The Chair of the European Data Protection Board has published the Statement of the EDPB Chair on the processing of personal data in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Statement ensures that the data controller protects the personal data of the data subjects by:

-setting out considerations to be taken into account to guarantee the lawful processing of personal data

-clarifying that the General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR") enables employers and competent public health authorities to process personal data in the context of epidemics, without obtaining the consent of the data subject, when the processing of personal data is necessary for public health, to protect vital interests or to comply with another legal obligation

-stating that national laws implementing the ePrivacy Directive provide that location data can only be used by a mobile operator when they are made anonymous, or with the consent of the individuals.

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Publication Date: 16 March 2020

Source: https://edpb.europa.eu/news/news/2020/statement-edpb-chair-processing-personal-data-context-covid-19-outbreak_pt 

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gbUK

Guidance on audit issues arising from the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic

Highlight:

The Financial Reporting Council has published Guidance on audit issues arising from the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

The Guidance states that audits should continue to comply fully with required standards and acknowledges that under the current circumstances, additional time may be required to complete them.

Companies, and their audit committees must engage with auditors to understand that it is vital that auditors have sufficient time and support to carry out their work to an appropriate standard by, among other things:

-reassessing work done to reflect changed circumstances.

-reconsidering their reporting deadlines.

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Publication Date: 16 March 2020

Source: https://www.frc.org.uk/news/march-2020-(1)/guidance-on-audit-issues-arising-from-the-covid-19 

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gbUK

The Statutory Sick Pay (General) (Coronavirus Amendment) Regulations 2020

Highlight:

The Secretary of State has published the Statutory Sick Pay (General) (Coronavirus Amendment) Regulations 2020 (the "Amendment Regulations").

The Amendment Regulations amend the Statutory Sick Pay (General) Regulations 1982 (“the 1982 Regulations") by providing that people who are isolating themselves from others in accordance with advice on coronavirus disease are deemed to be incapable of work and may claim statutory sick pay.

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Published in terms of: Employment Rights Act 1996

Gazette Number: 2020 No. 287

Publication Date: 12 March 2020

Effective Date: 13 March 2020

Source: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/287/contents/made 

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deGermany

Law on the temporary crisis-related improvement of the regulations for short-time workers' benefits

Highlight:

Germany’s Bundestag and Bundesrat, (Parliament and Federal Council) have published the Law on the temporary crisis-related improvement of the regulations for short-time work benefits (the "Law").

The Law amends the Third Book of the Social Code and the Temporary Employment Act (neither of which are on your legal register) to ensure that all employees, including temporary workers, who have taken absence from work as a result of the coronavirus crisis will have easier access to short-time work benefits by:

-stating that short-time work benefits such as the short-time work allowance can partially compensate for lost earnings

-allowing temporary workers to receive these short-term benefits for a limited time until 31 December 2021 at the latest

-mandating the Federal Employment Agency to take over payments of those employees who have taken absences due to the coronavirus and to reimburse employers for social security contributions.

-placing an obligation on employers to report a loss of work to the relevant employment agency

-allowing employers to have the monthly short-time work allowance and the social security contributions they have paid in advance reimbursed by the employment agency.

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Published in terms of: Arbeitszeitgesetz (ArbZG) [Working Time Act]

Gazette Number: GR 5702

Notice Number Nr 12

Publication Date: 14 March 2020

Effective Date: 15 March 2020

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Last Updated: Monday 16 March, 2020

 

gb UK

Guidance: Healthcare for UK nationals visiting the EU (Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Highlight:

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has published Guidance for British people travelling and living overseas following the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The guidance:

-advises against all and all but essential travel to some countries, cities and regions, in response to coronavirus measures

-sets recommended guidelines for travellers regarding travel insurance, preparations before leaving, entry restrictions in other countries, air travel and international cruises.

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Published in terms of: Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984

Publication Date: 15 March 2020

Effective Date: 15 March 2020

Source: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/uk-residents-visiting-the-eueea-and-switzerland-healthcare?utm_source=7d4a9ddc-35c6-4663-97a9-08766932d097&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate 

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unnamed-2South Africa

Disaster Management Act 57 of 2002: Declaration of a National State of Disaster and Classification of a National Disaster

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Classification of a National Disaster GG43096, GN312 of 15 March 2020

The Head of the National Disaster Management Centre has classified the COVID-19 pandemic as a national disaster.

All organs of state have been called upon to strengthen and support the existing structures, to implement contingency arrangements and ensure that measures are put in place to enable the national executive to effectively deal with the effects of this disaster.

Organs of state are required to prepare and submit reports, as required by the National Disaster Management Centre and as outlined in Section 24(4)-(8) of the Act, to the respective intergovernmental forums as listed therein.

Declaration of a National State of Disaster GG43096, GN313 of 15 March 2020 The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs has declared a national state of disaster, and, may when required, make regulations, issue directions or authorise the issue of directions, only to the extent that it is necessary for the purpose of -

-assisting and protecting the public

-providing relief to the public

-protecting property

-preventing or combatting disruption; or

-dealing with the destructive and other effects of the disaster.

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Published in terms of: Disaster Management Act 57 Of 2002

Gazette Number: GG43096

Notice Number: GN312; GN313

Publication Date: 15 March 2020

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Effective Date: 15 March 2020

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The Health Protection (Notification) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

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The Secretary of State has published the Health Protection (Notification) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (the "Amendment Regulations").

The Amendment Regulations amend the Health Protection (Notification) Regulations 2010 by adding:

-COVID-19 to the list of diseases that a registered medical practitioner must notify the relevant local authority of, if they reasonably suspect a patient to have.

-SARS-CoV 2 to the list of causative agents that the operator of a diagnostic laboratory must notify the Health Protection Agency of, if they identify.

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Published in terms of: Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984

Gazette Number: 2020 No 237

Publication Date: 5 March 2020

Effective Date: 6 March 2020

Source: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/237/contents/made 

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The Health Protection (Notification) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

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The Welsh Ministers have published the Health Protection (Notification) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (the "Amendment Regulations").

The Amendment Regulations amend the Health Protection (Notification) (Wales) Regulations 2010 (“the 2010 Regulations”). The 2010 Regulations place obligations on various persons for the purpose of preventing, protecting against, controlling or providing a public health response to the incidence or spread of infection or contamination.

The Amendment Regulations add “Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)” to the list of “Diseases and Syndromes” which medical practitioners must notify a relevant local authority on. This obligation exists if a patient that they are attending is believed to have a listed disease or syndrome.

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Published in terms of: Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984

Gazette Number: 2020 No. 232 (W. 54)

Publication Date: 5 March 2020

Effective Date: 6 March 2020

Source: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/wsi/2020/232/contents/made

Copyright: This information has been licensed from the Controller of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office and the Queen’s Printer for Scotland and contains Crown copyright information, which is reproduced with the permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Queen’s Printer for Scotland and is subject to the copyright and licence at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/licence

 

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