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Morocco: Government Decides to Ease Restrictions Aimed at Curbing Spread of COVID-19

(June 24, 2020) On June 9, 2020, the prime minister of Morocco, Saadeddine El Otmani, announced that the country would start easing restrictions that had been put in place to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The prime minister stated that he would lift all restrictions completely by July 10, 2020. Morocco has been […]

Qatar: Installing COVID-19 Tracing App on Mobile Phones and Wearing Face Masks among Recent Mandatory Anti-pandemic Measures Instituted by Authorities

(June 11, 2020) Between May 13 and May 18, 2020, the government of Qatar announced the imposition of a number of mandatory measures aimed at reducing the country’s “stubbornly high” COVID-19 infection rate that, as of June 9, 2020, had left 71,879 people out of a population of roughly 2.8 million infected, with 62 deaths. […]

Jordan: Government Takes Steps Aimed at Curbing COVID-19 Outbreak

(Apr. 28, 2020) On April 22, 2020, the Jordanian government announced that it was easing lockdown restrictions previously put in place due to the COVID-19 outbreak in the southern provinces of Karak, Maan, and Tafilah. As a result, car repair, electricity, furniture, book, stationery, and printing shops in those provinces are allowed to resume work. […]

Mexico: Mexico City and Many Mexican States Make Wearing Masks Mandatory on Public Transit

(Apr. 17, 2020) Mexico City’s rapid transit metro, the Collective Transportation System (Sistema de Transporte Colectivo, STC) reported in a press release on April 15, 2020, that to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the wearing of masks will be mandatory to travel by metro as of April 17, 2020.  The free distribution of one million […]

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 […]

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 […]

Colombia: Congress Passes Laws Aimed at Improving Air Quality

(July 31, 2019) On July 18, 2019, the Colombian Congress passed a law aimed at reducing the emission of air pollutants—80% of which, according to the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, are produced by national transport, especially diesel vehicles. (Mejorar la calidad del aire, compromiso del Gobierno Duque en el Día Mundial del Medio […]

Brazil: City of São Paulo Enacts Decree Regulating Use of Electric Scooters

(May 23, 2019) After a series of accidents involving electric scooters (patinete elétrica), the mayor of the city of São Paulo on May 13, 2019, enacted Decree No. 58,750. This Decree provides for the provisional regulation of sharing services and use of both electric and nonelectric self-propelled personal mobility equipment, scooters, cycles, and similar equipment […]

Canada: Quebec Court Ruling Prolongs Stay of Uncovered-Face Provision

(July 27, 2018) On June 28, 2018, the Superior Court of Quebec ruled to stay the operation of section 10 of An Act to Foster Adherence to State Religious Neutrality and, in Particular, to Provide a Framework for Requests for Accommodations on Religious Grounds in Certain Bodies. The stay allows veiled Muslim women in the […]