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France COVID-19 Regulation Updates

Written by Vicky Daley
on April 15, 2020

Important update: From 1st December 2020, Libryo stopped updating this blog and it is no longer live. Check out Libryo’s solution which helps you keep track of the latest updates specific to your operations, from COVID-19 regulation to EHS law. Learn more here.

Libryo was using its regulatory tracking technology to keep this live blog of new law relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic. Any new updates provided highlights of the legislation, key publication information and dates as well as links to the sources.


 

Live updates of COVID-19 regulations for

France

France

Click here to see COVID-19 updates for other countries.

 

Last Updated: Thursday 15 October 2020
Décret n° 2020-1188 du 29 septembre 2020 relatif à l'activité partielle et au dispositif spécifique d'activité partielle en cas de réduction d'activité durable [Decree n ° 2020-1188 of September 29, 2020 relating to partial activity and the specific partial activity mechanism in the event of a lasting reduction in activity]

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The Minister of Labor, Employment and Integration has issued a Decree to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic that specifies and adapts certain terms relating to partial activity and the specific partial activity mechanism. 

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Gazette Number: 2020-1188

Notice Number: 38

Publication Date: 30 September 2020

Source:https://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/jorf/id/JORFTEXT000042376382

Copyright: © 2020 Government of France. All rights reserved


 Last Updated: Thursday 11 June 2020
Décret n° 2020-663 du 31 mai 2020 prescrivant les mesures générales nécessaires pour faire face à l'épidémie de covid-19 dans le cadre de l'état d'urgence sanitaire [[Decree No. 2020-663 of May 31, 2020 prescribing the general measures necessary to deal with the epidemic of covid-19 in the context of the health emergency]]

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The Prime Minister has published a decree prescribing measures to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Departments and communities are classified as being in green or orange zones, depending on the health situation in those areas. 

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Gazette Number: 133

Publication Date: 1 June 2020

Effective Date: 1 June 2020

Source: https://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/eli/decret/2020/5/31/SSAZ2013547D/jo/texte

Copyright: © 2020 Government of France. All rights reserved


Last Updated: Monday 18 May 2020
Ordonnance n° 2020-560 du 13 mai 2020 fixant les délais applicables à diverses procédures pendant la période d'urgence sanitaire [Ordinance No. 2020-560 of May 13, 2020 setting the time limits applicable to various procedures during the health emergency period]

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The President of France has published an Ordinance which amends Ordinance n ° 2020-306 of March 25, 2020 relating to the extension of expired deadlines during the health emergency period and the adaptation of procedures during this same period.

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Gazette Number: 2020-560

Publication Date: 14 May 2020

Source: https://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/affichTexte.do;jsessionid=4C10262D90FA9DD2AAE503CD1108F599.tplgfr21s_2?cidTexte=JORFTEXT000041876355&dateTexte=&oldAction=rechJO&categorieLien=id&idJO=JORFCONT000041875892

Copyright: © 2020 Government of France. All rights reserved


 
Décret n° 2020-552 du 12 mai 2020 modifiant le décret n° 2020-371 du 30 mars 2020 relatif au fonds de solidarité à destination des entreprises particulièrement touchées par les conséquences économiques, financières et sociales de la propagation de l'épidémie de covid-19 et des mesures prises pour limiter cette propagation [Decree n ° 2020-552 of May 12, 2020 amending decree n ° 2020-371 of March 30, 2020 relating to the solidarity fund for companies particularly affected by the economic, financial and social consequences of the spread of the covid epidemic -19 and measures taken to limit this spread]

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The Prime Minister has published a decree which amends decree no. 2020-371 of 30 March 2020 relating to the solidarity fund for companies particularly affected by the economic, financial and social consequences of the spread of the covid-19 epidemic and measures taken to limit this spread.

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Gazette Number: 2020-552

Publication Date: 12 May 2020

Effective Date: 13 May 2020

Source: https://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/affichTexte.do;jsessionid=A2D1AD881A48B742F3919B0918B90EAA.tplgfr21s_2?cidTexte=JORFTEXT000041869976&dateTexte=&oldAction=rechJO&categorieLien=id&idJO=JORFCONT000041869653

Copyright: © 2020 Government of France. All rights reserved


Last Updated: Tuesday 27 April 2020
Décret n° 2020-459 du 21 avril 2020 modifiant le décret n° 2020-73 du 31 janvier 2020 portant adoption de conditions adaptées pour le bénéfice des prestations en espèces pour les personnes exposées au coronavirus [Decree n° 2020-459 of April 21, 2020 amending decree n ° 2020-73 of January 31, 2020 adopting suitable conditions for the benefit of cash benefits for people exposed to the coronavirus]

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The Prime Minister has published a decree that provides for the issuance of non-conforming work stoppages accessible to parents of disabled children who are unable to telecommute within the framework of a containment measure decided in order to manage the epidemic of COVID-19. 

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Gazette Number: n° 2020-459

Publication Date: 21 April 2020

Source: https://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/affichTexte.do;jsessionid=CB4A1EC40633684D61E7C6A5DD3F59DC.tplgfr23s_3?cidTexte=JORFTEXT000041814492&dateTexte=&oldAction=rechJO&categorieLien=id&idJO=JORFCONT000041814391

Copyright: © 2020 Government of France. All rights reserved


 
Décret n° 2020-453 du 21 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° 2020-453 dated 21 April 2020 derogating from the principle of suspension of time limits during the health emergency period linked to the epidemic of covid-19]

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The Prime Minister has published a Decree declaring a renewal of the course of time limits for carrying out prescriptions for non-collective sanitation installations or collective sanitation systems which did not expire before 12 March 2020.

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Gazette Number: n° 2020-453

Publication Date: 21 April 2020

Effective Date: 21 April 2020

Source: https://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/affichTexte.do;jsessionid=CB4A1EC40633684D61E7C6A5DD3F59DC.tplgfr23s_3?cidTexte=JORFTEXT000041812533&dateTexte=&oldAction=rechJO&categorieLien=id&idJO=JORFCONT000041812519

Copyright: © 2020 Government of France. All rights reserved


 
Ordonnance n° 2020-460 du 22 avril 2020 portant diverses mesures prises pour faire face à l'épidémie de covid-19 [Ordinance No. 2020-460 of April 22, 2020 on various measures taken to deal with the covid-19 epidemic]

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The President of Republic of France has published the Ordinance which provides for an employer to either:

-place only part of employees of the company including those belonging to the same professional category in a position of partial activity, or

-apply to these employees a different allocation of hours worked and not worked, when this individualization is necessary to maintain activity.

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Notice Number: JORF n ° 0099

Publication Date: 22 April 2020

Effective Date: 22 April 2020

Source: https://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/affichTexte.do;jsessionid=CB4A1EC40633684D61E7C6A5DD3F59DC.tplgfr23s_3?cidTexte=JORFTEXT000041814597&dateTexte=&oldAction=rechJO&categorieLien=id&idJO=JORFCONT000041814391

Copyright: © 2020 Government of France. All rights reserved


Last Updated: Tuesday 27 April 2020
Décret n° 2020-435 du 16 avril 2020 portant mesures d'urgence en matière d'activité partielle [Decree n ° 2020-435 of April 16, 2020 on emergency measures in matters of partial activity]

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The Prime Minister of France has published the Decree which specifies the methods for calculating the compensation and the partial activity allowance for employees whose working hours are counted in days.

The decree sets out the rules for converting days or half days of work into hours and for those employees that are not subject to legal or contractual provisions relating to working hours.

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Notice Number: JORF n ° 0094

Publication Date: 17 April 2020

Effective Date: 17 April 2020

Source: https://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/affichTexte.do;jsessionid=20DD44C72D59E6A88E3AE5D57686D677.tplgfr27s_3?cidTexte=JORFTEXT000041804453&dateTexte=&oldAction=rechJO&categorieLien=id&idJO=JORFCONT000041804056

Copyright: © 2020 Government of France. All rights reserved


 
Ordonnance n° 2020-428 du 15 avril 2020 portant diverses dispositions sociales pour faire face à l'épidémie de covid-19 [Ordinance No. 2020-428 of April 15, 2020 on various social provisions to deal with the epidemic of covid-19]

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The President of the Republic of France has published the Ordinance which details the hourly partial activity allowance paid by certain employers to it's employees.

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Notice Number: JORF n ° 0093

Publication Date: 16 April 2020

Effective Date: 16 April 2020

Source: https://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/affichTexte.do;jsessionid=20DD44C72D59E6A88E3AE5D57686D677.tplgfr27s_3?cidTexte=JORFTEXT000041800927&dateTexte=&oldAction=rechJO&categorieLien=id&idJO=JORFCONT000041800862

Copyright: © 2020 Government of France. All rights reserved


Last Updated: Tuesday 7 April 2020
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)

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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


 

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)

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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


 
Last Updated: Monday 6 April 2020
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

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


 
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

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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


 
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

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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


 
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


 
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

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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


 
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

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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


 
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 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


 
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

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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


 

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