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COVID-19 Regulation Updates

Written by Vicky Daley
on March 20, 2020

For the countries listed below, Libryo will be using its regulatory tracking technology to keep this live blog of new law relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic. Any new updates will provide highlights of the legislation, key publication information and dates as well as links to the sources.

Last Updated: Friday 27 March 2020

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Live updates of COVID-19 regulations from countries around the world

 

Last Updated: Friday 27 March 2020

 

EngEngland

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

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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

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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

Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Government Printing Works


 

gbUnited Kingdom

Site Operating Procedures during COVID-19

Highlight:

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


 

gbUnited Kingdom

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

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 Bill: Third Reading

Highlight:

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

© Parliamentary Copyright Parliament encourages you to use material made available by the House of Commons or the House of Lords in which copyright or database right subsists. Use of Parliamentary material is governed by the terms of the Open Parliament Licence.


 

bmBermuda

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


 

unnamed-2South Africa

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

Copyright: This work has been transmitted to you as a subscriber or by a Sabinet subscriber. All works and portions of works published on Sabinet are the copyright of Sabinet. No part of any work may be reproduced or used to create works by the recipient or user, in any form or by any means, for any commercial or non-commercial purpose whatsoever, without Sabinet's prior written permission. Any unauthorised reproduction of a work subject to copyright will constitute a copyright infringement and render the doer liable under both civil and criminal law.


Last Updated: Tuesday 24 March 2020

atAustria

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

 


 

unnamed-7Wales

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

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

 


 

bmBermuda

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

 


 

naNamibia

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

Highlight:

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


 

ky-1Cayman Islands

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

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. 

 


 

bmBermuda

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

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

 


 

bmBermuda

Bermuda: Quarantine (Travel Ban) (No. 2) 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) 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

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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

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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

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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 

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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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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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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

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bmBermuda

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

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bmBermuda

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

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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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gbUK

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

Highlight:

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

Highlight:

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

Highlight:

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

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 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

Highlight:

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

Highlight:

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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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

 

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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)

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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

Copyright: © 2019 Bundesministerium für Digitalisierung und Wirtschaftsstandort

 


 

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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

 

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Department of Employment and Labour unveils guidelines dealing with Covid-19 at workplaces

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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

 

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Statement of the EDPB Chair on the processing of personal data in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak

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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

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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

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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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Law on the temporary crisis-related improvement of the regulations for short-time workers' benefits

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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)

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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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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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Last Updated: Saturday 14 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

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