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Sweden: Government Temporarily Amends Sick Leave Rules During Coronavirus Outbreak

(Mar. 20, 2020) On March 11, 2020, the Swedish government announced that, in an effort to encourage Swedes with light symptoms of respiratory disease to stay home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, it was amending the annual state budget to allow for the temporary suspension of the first sick day deduction (karensavdrag). Later, […]

Belgium Adopts Confinement Measures to Prevent Spread of Coronavirus

(Mar. 19, 2020) On March 18, 2020, the Belgian minister of Security and the Interior issued an executive order imposing mandatory confinement measures in an effort to stem the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Residents are required to stay home and are allowed to leave only for one of the following reasons: To go to […]

Norway: Government Prohibits Staying in Vacation Properties Outside of Home Municipality over Coronavirus Spread

(Mar. 19, 2020) On March 15, 2020, the Norwegian government adopted a new regulation with measures aimed at containing the spread of the coronavirus. One of its provisions, which prohibits Norwegians from temporarily residing outside their home municipality—that is, the region where they have registered their permanent residence—took effect on March 19, 2020. (Forskrift om […]

United States: President Signs Families First Coronavirus Response Act into Law, Making Available Emergency Supplemental Appropriations

(Mar. 19, 2020) On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed into law H.R. 6201, also known as the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Some of the act’s key provisions include free coronavirus testing, paid sick leave for qualifying individuals, and expanded food assistance and unemployment benefits. Under the act, some businesses are required to provide […]

Israel: Emergency Regulations Authorize Digital Surveillance of Coronavirus Patients and Persons Subjected to Home Isolation

(Mar. 18, 2020) On March 15 and 17, 2020, Israel’s transitional government headed by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu approved two separate emergency regulations that allow, among other things, the use of digital surveillance by the General Security Service (GSS) and provide expanded search authority to the Israel Police to combat the spread of the coronavirus. […]

France: Government Imposes Confinement Measures to Stem Spread of Coronavirus

(Mar. 18, 2020) On Monday, March 16, 2020, President Emmanuel Macron addressed the French nation in a televised speech to announce new measures to curtail the spread of the coronavirus epidemic. The most drastic measure, which was put into effect by a decree of the same date, is mandatory home confinement. Beginning at noon on […]

Austria: Government Tightens Rules to Contain Spread of Coronavirus

(Mar. 17, 2020) On March 13, 14, 15, and 16, 2020, respectively, the Austrian government adopted the COVID-19 Act and several regulations that tighten restrictions already put in place to prevent or contain the spread of the novel coronavirus in Austria and to make money available to deal with the economic fallout from the pandemic. […]

Switzerland: Government Adopts More Stringent Measures to Contain Spread of Coronavirus

(Mar. 16, 2020) On March 13, 2020, the Swiss Federal Council­—the Swiss government—­adopted a second regulation that aims to prevent or contain the spread of COVID-19 in Switzerland, reduce or prevent the risk of transmission, protect especially vulnerable people, and safeguard the capacities of Switzerland to cope with the epidemic. Of particular concern is ensuring […]

Austria: Government Issues Several Regulations to Contain Spread of Coronavirus

(Mar. 12, 2020) On February 28 and March 6, 9, and 10, 2020, respectively, the Austrian government adopted several regulations and a decree that aim to prevent or contain the spread of the novel coronavirus in Austria. The measures include authorizations to require individuals traveling to Austria to undergo screening for the coronavirus and provide […]

Israel: Police and Ministry of Health Will Jointly Supervise Mandatory Quarantine for Designated Persons; Interactive Countrywide Coronavirus Exposure Map Posted

(Mar. 12, 2020) Israel’s Ministry of Health (MOH) has posted an interactive map of areas in Israel and the West Bank indicating places exposed to the coronavirus by patients in the 14 days before their diagnosis with the disease. The map enables Israeli residents to check the exposed places by address. The MOH website also […]