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Israel: Ministry of Health to Issue “Green Passports” to Those Who Vaccinate against or Have Recovered from Coronavirus

(Jan. 11, 2021) On January 4, 2021, the Ministry of Health (MOH) presented to the Constitution, Law and Justice Committee of the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) for its consideration a new app that would allow persons who have been vaccinated against or have recovered from the coronavirus to enter certain places and engage in certain activities. […]

Israel: Government’s Extended Authorization for Coronavirus-Related Surveillance Approved

(Nov. 4, 2020) On October 12, 2020, the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee (KFADC) of the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) approved for the fifth time, by a majority vote, the government’s declaration authorizing the Israeli Security Agency (ISA) “to carry out aid operations in the effort against the coronavirus” (tracing assistance) in the period from October […]

Russian Federation: Government Agrees with Lowering Threshold for Personal Data Protection during Coronavirus Pandemic

(Oct. 26, 2020) On October 13, 2020, the Russian Federal Ministry of Digital Development, Communications, and Mass Media confirmed the legality of a decree issued by the mayor of Moscow, Sergey Sobyanin, requiring that, beginning October 5, 2020, all employers in the city of Moscow transfer to telework at least one-third of all employees, as […]

Israel: Temporary Restriction on the Right to Protest during Coronavirus Lockdown Adopted

(Oct. 9, 2020) On September 30, 2020, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) plenum, by a vote of 46-38, passed legislation authorizing the government to declare, during a national lockdown, a “special state of emergency due to the coronavirus” and impose travel restrictions and other restrictions on the movement of persons as well as on public gatherings. […]

England: Government Issues New Restrictions Due to Coronavirus Predictions

(Oct. 1, 2020) Just 12 days after issuing the new “Rule of Six” restrictions, the government made an announcement on September 22, 2020, that England was at a “perilous turning point” and further measures were necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19. The new requirements increase the number of places where face masks must be […]

Uzbekistan: Codes Amended to Increase Criminal and Administrative Responsibility amid Coronavirus Pandemic

(Sept. 17, 2020) On March 26, 2020, the president of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, signed a law amending the country’s criminal code, criminal procedure code, and code of administrative responsibility. The law entered into force upon publication. (Law No. 3RU-613 of the Republic of Uzbekistan on Amendments and Additions to the Criminal and […]

Israel: Law Granting Government Special Authorities to Combat Novel Coronavirus Adopted

(July 29, 2020) On July 23, 2020, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Special Authorities to Combat the Novel Coronavirus (Temporary Provision) Law, 5780-2020. The law will remain in effect until June 30, 2021. (Special Authorities Law § 50.) Declaration of State of Emergency due to the Novel Coronavirus The law authorizes the government to declare […]

France: Last Phase of Gradual End to Coronavirus Shutdown Commences

(June 24, 2020) On June 15, 2020, the French government published a decree by which the country entered the third and final stage of déconfinement, the phased end to the strict measures that were imposed to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. This new decree amends a previous decree from May 31, 2020, which […]

France: Parliamentary Commission Begins Investigating Government Response to Coronavirus

(June 22, 2020) On June 2, 2020, a special commission of the National Assembly, one of two chambers of the French Parliament, began investigating the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The creation of this special commission was decided on March 17, 2020, and organized on March 24. The commission was meant to operate in […]

England: Coronavirus Regulations Restricting Overnight Stays Away from Home Amended

(June 16, 2020) As part of its efforts to slowly reduce restrictions implemented to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, on June 1, 2020, the secretary of state of England introduced the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2020 to amend the Health Protection (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020, which contain a number of […]