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Israel: Videoconferencing Pilot in Civil Trials Authorized due to COVID-19 Pandemic

(Apr. 14, 2020) On April 2, 2020, the Israel Judicial Authority announced the implementation of a pilot program using videoconferencing in civil hearings on a limited basis. The program precedes the implementation of new civil procedures regulations effective September 5, 2020, that will regulate the use of technological means to replace the physical presence of […]

Arab Gulf Countries: Preventive Measures Aimed at COVID-19 Pandemic Adopted

(Apr. 14, 2020) During the month of March 2020, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, comprising Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Oman, Qatar, and Bahrain, adopted a number of precautionary measures aimed at preventing coronavirus infections and curbing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Establishing a Coronavirus Center and Suspending Flights After […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

China: Legislative Decision Passed to Punish Trade and Consumption of Wild Animals amid COVID-19 Epidemic

(Mar. 19, 2020) On February 24, 2020, the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress (NPCSC) passed the Decision on Completely Prohibiting the Illegal Wildlife Trade, Eliminating the Bad Habit of Indiscriminately Eating Wild Animals, and Truly Ensuring the Health and Safety of the People. The decision took effect on the same day. (English translation […]

Israel: New Guidelines Limit Public Gatherings to 100 People, Increase Isolation Requirements for Any Person with Fever and Respiratory Symptoms

(Mar. 13, 2020) On the evening of March 11, 2020, Israel time, in an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus (which had risen to 97 cases by that day), Israel’s Ministry of Health issued new guidelines. The New Guidelines, March 11, 2020 state that their purpose is to reduce the potential for infection […]

Japan: Cabinet Issues Orders Relating to Infectious Disease Control Act and Quarantine Act

(Mar. 11, 2020) Japan confirmed its first coronavirus (COVID-19) case on January 15, 2020, involving a person who had traveled to Wuhan, China. Consequently, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus by persons who have been infected outside Japan, the cabinet issued orders in January and February 2020 relating to the Infectious Disease Control Act […]