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Norway: New Regulation Adopted Reducing Right to In-Person Court Hearings, Increasing Web-Based Participation

(Apr. 9, 2020) On March 28, 2020, the Norwegian government issued a new regulation that limits the right to appear in person before a court while increasing the types of proceedings in which a court can require participants to appear via video link. (Midlertidig forskrift om forenklinger og tiltak innenfor justissektoren for å avhjelpe konsekvenser […]

Italy: New Regulations Setting Further Measures to Tackle Coronavirus Pandemic Enter into Effect

(Apr. 8, 2020) On March 23, 2020, a circular entitled Urgent Measures to Contain and Manage the Epidemiologic Emergency Caused by COVID-19 Applicable Throughout the National Territory (Circular), which was issued by the Presidency of the Council of Ministers and the Extraordinary Commissioner for the Implementation of Measures to Contain and Fight the Epidemiological Emergency […]

Singapore: Government Distributes Reusable Masks to All Households

(Apr. 6, 2020) In remarks on the coronavirus situation delivered on April 3, 2020, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced that the government of Singapore would no longer discourage people who are well from wearing protective masks. Rather, according to the prime minister, the government would distribute reusable masks to all households in Singapore beginning […]

Egypt: Authorities Adopt Preventive and Relief Measures Aimed at COVID-19 Outbreak

(Apr. 3, 2020) With the number of people in Egypt infected with the coronavirus nearing 1,000 during the month of March 2020, the prime minister of Egypt, Mostafa Madbouly, held a press conference on March 24 to announce a number of preventive measures effective for a period of 15 days to curb the outbreak of […]

Austria: Government Makes Wearing Protective Masks for Grocery Shopping Mandatory to Prevent Spread of COVID-19

(Apr. 2, 2020) A decree issued on March 31, 2020, requires that people in Austria shopping in grocery and drug stores wear protective masks. The decree tightens restrictions already put in place to prevent or contain the spread of the novel coronavirus in Austria and adds additional measures. The measures must be implemented immediately or, […]

Finland: Parliament Approves Quarantine of Capital Region

(Apr. 2, 2020) On March 26, 2020, the Finnish government announced a regulation requiring all residents living in Uusimaa/Nyland (the region in which the capital, Helsinki, is located) to remain quarantined within the region’s borders. The regulation was approved the following day by the Finnish Parliament, following the recommendation by the Constitutional Law Committee. (Grundlagsutskottets […]

Israel: COVID-19 Social Distancing Requirements Tightened

(Apr. 1, 2020) A new amendment toughening existing social distancing requirements in Israel in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak went into effect on March 31, 2020. (Emergency Regulations (Novel Coronavirus – Limitations on Activity (Amendment No. 2), 5780-2020 (all citations to the regulations are to the amended regulations).) The amended regulations will be in […]

Greenland: Local Government Temporarily Prohibits Sale of Alcohol During Coronavirus Outbreak

(Mar. 30, 2020) On March 28, 2020, the Local Government of Greenland (Naalakkersuisut) announced that, effective immediately, the sale of alcohol with an alcohol content of more than 2.25% is prohibited until April 15, 2020, in the Greenlandic cities of Nuuk, Kapisillit, and Qeqertarsuatsiaat. (Selvstyrets bekendtgørelse nr. 5 af 28. marts 2020 om midlertidig forbud […]

France: Government Adopts Law Declaring and Defining a ‘State of Health Emergency’

(Mar. 30, 2020) On March 23, 2020, the French government adopted a law allowing the executive branch to declare a state of emergency for health-related crises. This law adds several provisions to the nation’s Public Health Code, allowing the executive to declare a “state of health emergency” (état d’urgence sanitaire) in all or part of […]