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England: Government Introduces Law to Allow More Flexible Proxy Voting in Local Elections Due to COVID-19

(Mar. 18, 2021) In England on February 23, 2021, the Representation of the People (Proxy Vote Applications) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2021 were laid before Parliament. If enacted, the regulations will enable individuals who are self-quarantining or “shielding” due to COVID-19 to vote in local elections, scheduled for May 6, 2021, via a last minute proxy vote […]

Brazil: Chamber of Deputies Approves Bill to Imprison Anyone Cutting into Vaccination Priority Line

(Feb. 16, 2021) On February 11, 2021, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved Bill of Law 25/2021, which amends the Criminal Code to criminalize violations of immunization plans, the embezzlement of vaccines and medicinal or therapeutic goods, and any kind of corruption of an immunization plan. The purpose of the bill is to curb the […]

Argentina: Senate Passes Bill Legalizing Abortion

(Jan. 7, 2021) On December 30, 2020, Argentina’s Senate passed a bill legalizing abortion until the 14th week of pregnancy. The vote, which took place after a 12-hour debate, saw 38 senators supporting the bill, 29 opposing it, and one abstaining. The new law establishes the conditions under which a woman may voluntarily terminate a […]

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 […]

England: New “Rule of Six” Introduced to Slow Spread of COVID-19

(Sept. 23, 2020) The United Kingdom (U.K.) has recently seen a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases across the country, with an R number as of September 18, 2020, between 1.1 and 1.4, meaning every 10 people infected will infect 11 to 14 additional people. This growth led to the government announcing on September […]

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 […]

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) […]

Brazil: Mayor of Rio de Janeiro Makes Use of Face Masks Mandatory

(Apr. 30, 2020) On April 18, 2020, the mayor of the City of Rio de Janeiro enacted Decree No. 47,375, which makes it mandatory for persons to wear nonprofessional face masks in the city, especially when using public or private means of transportation and performing work activities in shared environments in both the public and […]

Mexico: Importation of Electronic Cigarettes Banned

(Mar. 19, 2020) On February 19, 2020, Mexico’s president issued an executive order (EO) banning the importation of electronic cigarettes, which have been brought into Mexico from abroad in large quantities. The preamble of the EO explains that it was issued in accordance with article 131 of the Mexican Constitution, which provides that the president […]

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 […]