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Brazil: New Law Makes Use of Masks Mandatory in Some Locations

(July 10, 2020) On July 2, 2020, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro signed into law certain provisions of a law passed by the National Congress concerning the use of individual protection masks and other safety measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country, while vetoing several other related provisions. Law No. 14,019 provides for […]

China: Citizens Must Obtain Green Health Code to Board Flights Returning to China

(July 9, 2020) On April 7, 2020, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) and the General Administration of Customs jointly issued an announcement requiring Chinese citizens returning home from 26 countries to obtain a green health code before boarding flights. The rule aims to reduce the cross-border spread of COVID-19, according to the announcement. […]

Brazil: New Law Creates Emergency Employment and Income Maintenance Program

(July 8, 2020) On July 6, 2020, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro signed a new law passed by Brazil’s National Congress aimed at reducing the economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the country. The law was published on July 6, 2020, and took effect immediately. Law No. 14,020 creates the Emergency Employment and […]

Brazil: Foreigners Not Allowed to Enter Brazil for 30 Days

(July 8, 2020) On June 30, 2020, Brazil’s ministers of staff; justice and public security; infrastructure; and health jointly issued Administrative Act No. 340, which provides for the exceptional and temporary restriction on the entry of foreigners of any nationality into the country. The measure was adopted in an effort to curb the spread of […]

Egypt: Cabinet Eases COVID-19 Restrictions

(July 7, 2020) On June 23, 2020, Egyptian Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli announced that, beginning on June 27, 2020, the cabinet would lift restrictions that were previously imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19. As of July 6, 2020, there had been 76,222 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Egypt, with 3,422 deaths. According the minister […]

Brazil: Municipal Elections Postponed Because of COVID-19

(July 7, 2020) On July 2, 2020, the Brazilian Congress promulgated Constitutional Amendment No. 107, which determines that the first round of the municipal elections scheduled for October 2020 will take place on November 15, 2020, and the second round, where applicable, will be held on November 29, 2020. In the event that the sanitary […]

Mexico: Ban on Importing Electronic Cigarettes Receives World Health Organization Award

(June 29, 2020) On May 22, 2020, the Pan American Health Organization (the Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO)) announced that the Mexican government had won an award in recognition of the ban on the importation of electronic cigarettes that it enacted in February 2020. The World No-Tobacco Day (WNTD) […]

Taiwan: Government Lifts Mask Export Ban and Loosens COVID-19 Restrictions

(June 26, 2020) On May 29, 2020, Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) announced that the ban on exporting masks made in Taiwan would be lifted effective June 1, 2020. The restriction that Taiwanese residents could send no more than 30 masks every two months to their overseas relatives was also lifted at the same […]

Pakistan: “Smart Lockdown” Imposed across Cities of Pakistan as Covid-19 Cases Grow Rapidly

(June 25, 2020) On June 13, 2020, the prime minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, announced in a televised address to the nation that a “smart lockdown” strategy would be imposed on certain hot spots across the country “as people’s indifference to the pandemic was jeopardising the lives of old and chronically ill people.” He emphasized […]

Spain: Government Employees Authorized to Telework up to Four Days a Week

(June 25, 2020) An agreement was reached between the government employees’ unions and the Ministry of Territorial Policy and Public Administration (MTPPA) allowing government employees in Spain to telework four days a week and go to their offices only one day a week. The agreement entered into force on June 21, 2020, and will last until an […]