Country Specific Posts
Below you can find links to posts on specific countries detailing the economic and legislative measures introduced by that country as well as COVID-19 crisis guides. For countries not listed below visit the blog.
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November 7, 2021
Poland has announced that starting March 1, 2022, doctors, teachers, and security personnel will be required to be vaccinated.
The lockdown that is currently in place is set to expire on schedule (Sunday, December 12, 2021).
December 6, 2021
Poland has announced that in the coming days, new restrictions will be announced. This will include mandatory vaccinations in some work places. Once we have more information, the blog will be updated.
New York- Starting December 27, 2021, private employers in New York City will be required to mandate vaccinations for their employees.
December 5, 2021
The United States announced that Starting Monday, December 6, 2021, all incoming travelers will be required to get a COVID-19 test within 24 hours of departure.
In addition, the mandate to wear masks on public transportation has been extended to March 18. 2022.
Washington, D.C.- The COVID Vaccination Leave Emergency Amendment Act of 2021 was signed into law. Under the act, employers must provide paid leave for employees to get their vaccination or for the recovery of the side effects of getting the vaccine. The act also covers unpaid leave for other reasons relating to COVID-19. This act also covers leave for the same reasons for the employee’s children. This act is set to expire on February 3, 2021.
Employees are entitled to up to 2 hours of paid leave for getting the vaccine or booster shots and 8 hours of paid leave that can be used in the 24 hours proceeding to be able to recover. Employees are entitled to a total of 48 hours of leave under this act within a year. To be eligible for this leave, the employee must have completed at least 15 days of employment.
Switzerland announced new restrictions that go into effect tomorrow, December 6, 2021. Individuals will need to produce a certificate of vaccination for certain places. In addition, masks in those places will be required when indoors. In addition, those who can are encouraged to work from home.
This new restriction is set to expire on January 24, 2022.
December 2, 2021
Canada has added Nigeria, Malawi, and Egypt to the list of countries where travelers originating from these places are banned from entering the country.
Travelers arriving in Ireland are required to present a negative COVID-19 test starting tomorrow, December 3, 2021. A negative antigen test must be taken with 48 hours of entering the country, or 72 hours when taking a PCR test. These rules apply to those who are fully vaccinated and those who have recovered.
Travelers who are not vaccinated are required to present a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival (no change to current rule).
Later today, Germany is expected to announce new restrictions while trying to avoid fresh lockdown restrictions. We will update the blog once the announcement is made.
The Swedish Public Health Agency is considering new restrictions starting next week. We will update as we know more.
December 1, 2021
Yesterday, Austria announced a 20 day extension of the current lockdown that is set to expire December 11, 2021. The new expiry date of the lockdown is December 31, 2021.
Residents may only leave their homes for excersice, work, and essential reasons such as food shopping.
Greece is imposing fines for those over the age of 60 who have no received their first COVID-19 vaccine. This new rule will go into effect January 16, 2022 and those who do not have their first shot will receive a 100 euro fine.
November 30, 2021
Starting today, November 30, 2021, it is mandatory to wear face masks on public transportation and in stores.
A new travel ban went into effect yesterday, November 29, 2021. Travelers from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Eswatini, Malawi, and Mozambique are barred from entering the US with exception to those who are citizens or legal residents. As of now, there is no expiry date on this order.
November 29, 2021
Over the weekend, Canada announced that travelers who have been in South Africa, Eswatini, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Namibia for the last 14 days will be banned from entry. This restriction is set to expire on January 31, 2022.
Australia has banned entry to anyone who has been in Southern Africa and non-Australian citizens.
Yesterday, Israel suspended all incoming flights.
Starting today, all incoming flights are suspended for 2 weeks.
Travelers from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Lesotho, and Eswatini are banned from entering the country.
New curfew restrictions were announced over the weekend. Restaurants, bars, and non-essential shops, and entertainment establishments must close by 5 pm to 5 am.
November 23, 2021
Germany announced new measures:
2G restrictions- Applies to unvaccinated individuals in regions where hospitalization rates in a given area have reached a certain threshold (3 hospitalizations for every 100,000 people within a region). This new restriction allows only those who are vaccinated access to leisure activities.
2G+ restrictions- When there are 6 hospitalizations for every 100,000 people, residents will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test, and when there are more than 9 hospitalizations for every 100,000 people, more restrictions will be introduced.
3G restrictions- Applies to vaccinated, recovered, or tested individuals. This rule requires individuals to present either proof of vaccination, proof of recovery, or a negative COVID-19 test for entry into the workplace or public transportation.
Florida- New legislature has passed in Florida referred to as “Keep Florida Free.” Private employers are prohibited from requiring employees to be vaccinated when they are not given the ability to opt out.
Private employers who choose to impose a COVID-19 vaccine mandate must also provide exemptions for:
- Medical reasons
- Religious reasons
- COVID-19 immunity- the employee can prove that they are immune to COVID-19
- Regular testing – if the employee agrees to undergo regular COVID-19 testing
- When the employee agrees to use personal protective equipment written policy
Austria has entered a 10-day lockdown that went into effect today, November 23, 2021. Non-essential stores and cultural events will be closed. Schools will remain open for those who need; however, parents are encouraged to keep their children home.
In addition, starting February 1, 2021, mandatory vaccinations will be enforced.
November 18, 2021
The state of Saxony imposed a 2g rule that will only allow for those who can prove they have been vaccinated or have recovered from Covid entry into non-essential shops and facilities. It appears that other states will also begin to tighten restrictions as Covid cases are on the rise throughout the country.
November 16, 2021
France and parts of Italy (Basilicata, Lombardy, Piedmont) have been added to Spain’s high-risk list. Travelers from these areas have stricter rules when entering Spain and must be fully vaccinated. Travelers who have recovered from COVID-19 can present a certificate of recovery. Those who have neither must present a negative test.
Other countries that are currently on this list include Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czechia, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Sweden.
Other regions In Italy that are already on this list are Calabria, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Marche, Province of Bolzano, Abruzzo, Campania, Emilia-Romagna, Lazio, Liguria, Trento, Apulia, Sicily, Tuscany, Umbria, and Veneto.
France has updated their entry requirements and travelers who are not vaccinated from the following countries will face stricter rules:
- the Czech Republic
- the Netherlands
Unvaccinated travelers from the above-mentioned countries must present a negative PCR test.
Tennessee- Last week, the governor of Tennessee signed a bill that barred private companies from requiring proof of vaccination.
November 14, 2021
Starting yesterday, November 13, 2021, the Netherlands imposed a 3-week partial lockdown as positive COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Europe.
- Restaurants and essential shops will be closed from 8 pm
- Non-essential shops will be closed from 6 pm
- Home gatherings are limited to 4 people
- Conferences are permissible when the attendees are seated
Last week, the United States announced that all federal contractor employees must be fully vaccinated by January 18, 2022, with the last dose to be administered no later than January 4, 2022.
November 11, 2021
The US announced a temporary measure to prevent the spread of the virus in the workplace. Employers with more than 100 employees must adopt a mandatory vaccination policy in writing. Employers can choose between requiring employees to either be fully vaccinated or undergo regular testing. If an employer chooses the latter, mask-wearing would be required. Other requirements that must be taken into consideration:
- Gathering and keeping records of employee’s vaccinations
- Paid time off (up to 4 hours) for each vaccination an employee undergoes
- Paid sick leave in the event of vaccine side effects
- Weekly COVID-19 tests for employees who are unvaccinated
- Enforcing swift protocol when an employee tests positive for COVID-19
From yesterday, November 10, 2021, Morocco ended the night curfew that has been in place since March of last year.
November 10, 2021
In an effort to ease the labor shortage in Thailand, the government has dedicated half a million vaccines for foreign workers.
In addition, starting in December 2021, Thailand will begin to allow workers from Myanmar, Cambodia, and Laos to enter the country.
November 8, 2021
Starting today, November 8, 2021, all restrictions for fully vaccinated foreigners entering the US have been lifted.
New York- The Department of Labor has updated its website to include up to 4 hours of paid leave for each immunization shot against COVID-19 as well as for booster shots.
November 4, 2021
Germany has added Argentina, Colombia, Namibia, and Peru to the list of countries whose travelers are entering in for non-essential reasons. Travelers from these countries will still need to provide proof of vaccination from one of the vaccines that is recognized by Germany.
Other countries that are on this list are Australia, Bahrain, Chile, Hong Kong, Jordan, Canada, Qatar, Kuwait, Macau, New Zealand, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Taiwan, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, and China.
Starting November 8, 2021, US residents will be able to enter Canada so long as they are fully vaccinated. Those under the age of 5 will need to present a negative COVID-19 test.
In addition, Canadians who wish to travel outside of the country will be required to be fully vaccinated.
Argentina will begin to grant entry to non-essential travel. Travelers will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test prior to arriving to the country, and a second test 5 to 7 days after arrival.
November 2, 2021
Japan announced the easing of some travel restrictions starting next week:
- Travelers who are vaccinated arriving for the purpose of business must quarantine for 3 days upon arrival instead of 10 days
- Japan will allow 5,000 individuals instead of 3,500
This comes after the easing of restrictions of mass gatherings and restrictions on dining establishments.
Sihanoukville, Kph Rong, and Joh Kong will reopen to travelers by the end of the month. Those entering the country will need to quarantine for 5 days.
October 31, 2021
Starting tomorrow, November 1, 2021, the UK will remove all countries from the travel ban that was implemented due to the pandemic. These countries that will be removed Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela and are the last of the seven to be on the list. Going forward, this list will be reviewed every 3 weeks. New restrictions will be imposed if the government sees fit.
October 28, 2021
Starting November 1, 2021, Thailand will reopen travel to vaccinated individuals.
Heilongjiang Province- Manufacturing and business operations have been halted. People are banned from entering the province unless for essential reasons. In addition, flights and other public transportation services have been suspended.
Starting November 1, 2021, Israel will begin to allow vaccinated tourists into the country. Travelers will be required to present a negative test before boarding a flight, and once in the country. will need to quarantine until a second negative test is received.
October 26, 2021
The US has announced new travel and immigration guidelines that will begin to classify individual travelers by the level of risk imposed. Starting November 8, 2021:
- With few exceptions, foreign adults traveling to the US must be fully vaccinated.
- All travelers must be tested for COVID-19 before boarding a plane
- Vaccinated individuals will need to present a negative test within 3 days before traveling
- Unvaccinated individuals will need to present a negative test within 1 day before traveling
- Those between the ages of 2-18 will need to present a negative test 1 day before traveling but are exempt from vaccination requirements as many countries have yet to make vaccines available for this age group
- Vaccines approved by Food and Drug Administration and the World health organization will be recognized.
Exemptions for the new vaccination rules:
- Individuals who have taken part of COVID-19 clinical trials
- Individuals who have had allergic reactions to the vaccine
- From countries where vaccines have not been made available- Instead, the individual will need to obtain a government letter with reason other than tourism to be approved to travel
New Zealand has announced new requirements for vaccines for workers in cafes, bars, hair salons, and gyms. Employers will need to provide paid time off for employees to get vaccinated.
October 20, 2021
New York – The mayor of New York announced that all municipal employees must be vaccinated or will be put on unpaid leave. The deadline for municipal employees to get fully vaccinated is November 1, 2021.
Starting today, Morocco has banned flights originating from the country to the United Kingdom, Netherlands, and Germany and vice versa.
From October 30 to November 7, Russia will undergo a shutdown in the workplace.
October 19, 2021
Victoria- Under the travel permit system, Sydney was downgraded to orange which allows residents from New South Wales to enter into Victoria without the need to isolate.
Starting Thursday, October 21, 2021, Latvia will begin a lockdown that will include curfew from the hours of 8 pm to 5 am. The lockdown is set to expire on November 15, 2021. Most shops will be closed, and gatherings will be banned.
October 18, 2021
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) who enforce safety in the workplace have submitted the COVID-19 vaccination emergency temporary standard (ETS) to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA). Once OIRA approves the ETS, it will go into immediate effect. However, as of yet, the contents of the ETS have yet to be published, however, it is expected that it will cover vaccinations or regulations on weekly testing for some employers.
New requirements for employees in the public sector will go into effect starting November 15, 2021. Employees working in government buildings will be required to take weekly COVID tests.
Melbourne – The government expects to announce the end of the stay-at-home order in Melbourne this week.
October 12, 2021
Starting November 1, 2021, Thailand is set to open its borders to fully vaccinated individuals from countries that are considered low risk. Those entering the country will need to present a negative PCR test before the flight and one upon arrival.
October 11, 2021
In the US, it is becoming increasingly popular for an employer to require their employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or terminate employment unless exempt for disability or religious reasons. Most likely those who are terminated for refusing to get vaccinated will be ineligible to receive any unemployment benefits.
Because of this, the US Department of Labor is expected to make a ruling that would mandate either employee to be vaccinated or regular testing against the virus. When there is an official ruling, we will update the blog.
England’s travel red list was updated today. The following countries are:
- Dominican Republic
Travelers from these locations are only allowed to enter England if the traveler is a British or Irish national or has residence in the United Kingdom.
Sydney – The lockdown that has been in place for the past 3 months has officially been canceled.
October 7, 2021
Since Germany has discovered that they have vaccinated more citizens as previously thought, the government expects that no further restrictions will be imposed this winter.
Italy may announce that nightclubs will be allowed to reopen. If this happens, those who wish to enter will need to provide proof of vaccination, a negative PCR test, or proof of recovery. Face masks will still be mandatory.
Starting October 31, 2021, social distancing will no longer be required in bard and restaurants.
October 4, 2022
Auckland’s level 3 lockdown has been extended but comes with the announcement of a 3 phase strategy that will see the easing of restrictions.
Phase 1 – People can move around Auckland for recreation such as beach visits and hunting, and also will be able to meet outdoors, with no more than two households at a time and up to a maximum of 10 people. Early childhood education will return for all.
Phase 2 – Retail will reopen, but requirements for face masks and physical distancing will remain. Public facilities will open and the number of people who can meet outdoors will increase to 25.
Phase 3 – Hospitality and close contact businesses will open with a limit of 50 people.
September 30, 2021
Australia has announced that its country’s borders will soon reopen and that an internationally recognized vaccine certificate will be ready within weeks.
The lockdown in Ho Chi Minh City ends October 1 after nearly three months of restriction. The new regulations will allow for restaurants to serve takeaway and essential businesses to open, but schools and public transport will remain closed. Proof of vaccination will also be required in order to attend social activities.
September 29, 2021
The Japanese government has ended the COVID-19 state of emergency. People are still being urged to stay home unless for essential outings, and bars and restaurants will still be closing at 8 pm. Quarantine restrictions are also being eased for fully vaccinated travelers, reducing the required 14 days of self-isolating at home after arrival to 10 days.
September 26, 2021
Victoria has announced that it will ease some restrictions on Tuesday, September 28. Residents will now be able to travel up to 15km from home for exercise and shopping, outdoor recreation will be allowed, personal training with up to five people, and restaurants and cafes will have their outdoor caps lifted from 20 to 30 people.
September 25, 2021
Ireland has ended its mandatory 2-week hotel quarantine for those arriving into the country.
September 22, 2021
Germany has drafted a document in which unvaccinated workers and those returning from trips to countries designated “high risk” would lose compensation for lost pay if coronavirus measures forced them to quarantine. It is planned to go into force on October 11 at the latest.
September 20, 2021
Italy will make it mandatory for all workers in the private and public sector to have a health pass on October 15. Workers who do not show a health pass will be suspended from work without pay but won’t be fired. Workers who do not adhere to the regulations and still show up to work will face a fine of between 600 to 1,500 euros ($705-$1,175). The sanction for employers will be 400-1000 euros.
September 13, 2021
Ho Chi Minh City will extend restrictions until the end of September.
South Africa’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa, has announced plans to introduce Covid-19 “vaccine passports”, and will be providing further details in the near future. Also, limits on indoor and outdoor gatherings will be increased, while the night-time curfew will be shortened, starting at 11 pm instead of 10 pm.
September 2, 2021
The EU has removed six countries from the Covid safe travel list (white list). The countries which have been removed are the United States, Israel, Kosovo, Lebanon, Montenegro, and the Republic of North Macedonia.
The current white list now includes Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Japan, Jordan, New Zealand, Qatar, Republic of Moldova, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Ukraine, and China.
United Arab Emirates
Travelers with proof of vaccination will no longer be required to quarantine at Abu Dhabi.
Beginning September 7, restaurants and bars will have to close at 10 pm and indoor sports will have to be held without spectators.
September 1, 2021
A green pass is now required to travel on high-speed trains, planes, ferries, and inter-regional coaches. The Italian government has also stated that teachers will require green passes.
August 25, 2021
The president has extended COVID restrictions until September 7. Restaurant dine-in, personal care services and religious activities are still prohibited in the capital region, while some businesses can operate at up to 50% on-site capacity.
August 25, 2021
Japan is expected to announce additional regions where the state of emergency will be in effect.
Starting Saturday, August 28, 2021, unvaccinated individuals will no longer be allowed to enter shopping areas, restaurants, and cafes over weekends. Those who wish to gain access to these places must provide proof of vaccination, a certificate of recovery, or a negative PCR test.
Starting next month, unvaccinated individuals will no longer be able to enjoy indoor dining, bars, and clubs.
August 23, 2021
Over the weekend, Sri Lanka imposed a 10-day lockdown that is set to last until August 30, 2021. Essential businesses and services will remain open.
Ho Chi Minh City – Starting today, residents in Ho Chi Minh City will undergo a new lockdown. Residents will not be allowed to leave their homes from dusk till dawn.
Interior Health region, British Columbia – Over the weekend, new restrictions were announced in the Interior Health Region.
- Ages 12 and over- Masks are required in all indoor public places
- Limit of 50 people on outdoor gatherings
- Limit of 5 people on indoor gatherings
August 18, 2021
Starting today, proof of vaccination, certificate of recovery, or a negative PCR test is required to access public spaces.
Tokyo- The state of emergency has officially been extended to Tokyo and the surrounding region. The state of emergency is scheduled to expire on September 12, 2021.
August 17, 2021
The UK announced that those who have been fully vaccinated will no longer have to quarantine after being in contact with a Covid positive person.
In Ireland, unvaccinated children will be exempt from 2 weeks of school if they have been in contact with a Covid positive individual. However, this rule does not apply to vaccinated children.
Tokyo- In the coming days, Japan will decide if the current state of emergency will be extended through September.
August 12, 2021
New restrictions were announced where proof of vaccination or recovery must be presented at the entrance to public facilities starting August 18, 2021. This new restriction will include those from the age of 3 and up.
August 11, 2021
Sydney and the surrounding area- The current lockdown has been extended until August 28, 2021. In addition, stricter rules have been put in place which include mandatory mask-wearing outdoors and a 5-kilometer travel restriction from one’s home.
August 10, 2021
Canada announced a lift on a full ban of US citizens entering the country. Those entering will be required to be fully vaccinated and be able to provide a negative COVID-19 test within 3 days from entry.
July 26, 2021
Starting today, restaurants and cafes will be allowed to offer indoor service to those who are vaccinated or have recovered. Children are exempt.
July 18, 2021
Ho Chi Minh City- Starting Monday, July 19, 2021, all non-essential establishments will be forced to close until further notice. In addition, public transportation will not be running.
July 15, 2021
Starting Saturday, July 17, 2021, the capital city of Kigali and 8 other areas across the country will begin a 9-day lockdown that is set to end July 26, 2021. All establishments will be forced to close, excluding ones that provide essential services.
Starting midnight today local time the state of Victoria will go into a 5-day lockdown.
July 14, 2021
Victoria- Starting today, anyone above the age of 12 will be required to wear masks indoors. This includes workplaces and schools. In addition, masks must be worn outdoors in cases where it is not possible to social distance.
Wales- Wales announced an easing of restrictions today that will go into effect July 19, 2021.
- Private indoor gatherings will be limited to 6 people
- Organized events indoors will be limited to 1,000 people seated and 200 standing
- Limit on outdoor gatherings is canceled.
Starting August 7, 2021:
- All gathering limitations will be canceled.
- Indoor social distancing measures will be canceled, however, a COVID-19 risk assessment will need to be conducted.
Mask wearing will still be required in most indoor establishments including public transportation.
July 13, 2021
New South Wales announced an assistance package for workers and businesses.
Disaster relief payments will be granted to those who have lost working hours due to lockdown:
- For those who lost 8-20 hours a week: 375 AUD will be granted for each week.
- For those who lost over 20 hours a week’ 600 AUD will be granted for each week.
These payments will be made available starting week 4 of the current lockdown.
Small and medium businesses who are eligible will receive 40% of their payroll payments. To be eligible, a company would have to had turnover 30% lower than a similar 2-week period in 2019. In addition, annual turnover must be between 75,000 AUD and 50m AUD.
The total amount of the disaster relief payment will be from 1,500 AUD to 10,000 AUD.
Seoul- Yesterday, the country imposed a ban on gatherings of more than 2 people after 6pm in Seoul and the surrounding area.
July 8, 2021
Taiwan has announced a 2-week extension to the current level 3 alert. These restrictions are set to end July 26, 2021 and include limitations on gatherings of up to 5 people indoors and 10 outdoors. In addition, schools remain closed.
Thailand is considering tightening restrictions as the number of COVID-19 infections rises. Restrictions would include:
- Limitations on leaving one’s home for anything other than seeking essential services
- Closure of non-essential shops
- Closure of areas that attract large gatherings
These rules would affect those living in Bangkok and surrounding areas for a period of 14 days.
Japan is expected to announce a state of emergency for Tokyo later today.
July 7, 2021
Ho Chi Minh City- Starting Friday, July 9, 2021, Ho Chi Minh City will begin a 15 day lockdown as COVID-19 cases rise. Residents must remain in their place of residence and public transportation will be closed.
July 6, 2021
Social distancing and mask-wearing restrictions in public areas will be lifted on July 19, 2021.
July 1, 2021
Starting Saturday, July 3, 2021, emergency restrictions will take effect and are expected to be in place until July 20, 2021. All non-essential workers are mandated to work from home, all learning will be conducted online, and all shops, malls, and mosques will be forced to close.
June 30, 2021
France announced that most capacity rules that were imposed back in March 2021 will be canceled as of today.
Most regions in France will not limit the number of participants in a mass gathering, however, proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test must be provided.
Seoul- Seoul and the surrounding areas announced an extension in the current social distancing will be extended for an additional week and will expire July 8, 2021. Under the current restrictions, social gatherings are limited to 4 people.
June 29, 2021
Nigeria has announced that travelers who are no citizens or permanent residents will not be able to enter into the country if they have been in South Africa in the last 14 days due to fears of more infectious variants of the virus.
Citizens and permanent residents must quarantine for 14 days if they have returned from South Africa.
Travelers who have been in the United Kingdom for more than 2 hours are banned from entering into Hong Kong.
Starting Thursday, July 1, 2021, Bangladesh is imposing a 7-day lockdown where residents will only be able to leave their homes for emergencies. In addition, public transportation will be closed.
Queensland- Starting today, a 3-day lockdown has been imposed in Brisbane and neighboring areas.
United Arab Emirates
Abu Dhabi- Abu Dhabi will begin to ban unvaccinated individuals from entering into public spaces, with exception to essential services such as grocery stores and pharmacies.
June 24, 2021
Due to an uptick in infections, Israel is reimposing the indoor mask mandate starting Sunday, June 27, 2021.
Starting Saturday, June 26, 2021, outdoor mask-wearing will no longer be mandatory. In addition, it will no longer be required to work from home, and shops will be able to open up at full capacity.
June 23, 2021
Taiwan announced another extension to the current level 3 restrictions that are currently in place for an additional 2 weeks. The extension is set to end July 12, 2021 instead of June 28, 2021.
Since the cancellation of the COVID-19 restrictions, Israel has seen an uptick in positive infections stemming from individuals coming back into the country. Because of this, the country has tightened restrictions on Israelis returning from abroad. Travelers will need to sign a declaration stating that they have not been to the following countries:
- South Africa
If one is found to have falsified the declaration, they could face a 5,000 NIS (approximately 1,500 USD) fine.
In addition, if one is found to have been in contact with a COVID-19 positive person carrying the Delta variant, quarantine may be imposed.
June 22, 2021
Travelers from the UK entering Poland will be required to undergo a 7-day quarantine as a precaution due to the Delta variant. After the 7-day quarantine, the traveler will be required to take a PCR test. This will go into effect Wednesday, June 23, 2021.
June 21, 2021
Outdoor mask-wearing and current curfew are no longer in effect as of today.
As the infection rate rises in Russia, it is possible that unvaccinated workers in regions with high infection rates who refuse to get vaccinated may be forced to take unpaid leave.
June 17, 2021
Starting July 1, 2021, masks will only be required in hospitals, public transportation, and indoor shops. There will no longer be a cap on number of people in gatherings, and nightlife will be able to resume. In addition, the midnight curfew that is currently in place will be lifted.
June 16, 2021
Starting tomorrow, June 17, 2021, it will no longer be required to wear masks outdoors with the exception of places where there are large crowds (i.e. stadiums). In addition, France has announced that the nightly curfew that is currently in place will be lifted on June 20, 2021 (10 days earlier than initially planned).
Vermont- Vermont announced that the state has vaccinated 80% of all their citizens, and all COVID-19 restrictions have been canceled, including the cancellation of the state of emergency.
June 15, 2021
As of today, masks are not required indoors, officially ending the last of the country’s COVID-19 restrictions.
Ireland has announced that travelers arriving from Britain who are not vaccinated or are partially vaccinated will be required to quarantine for 10 days (as opposed to 5 for other travelers). This will be in effect until July 19, 2021.
June 13, 2021
The UK is considering delaying the expiration of the current restrictions from June 21, 2021 to July 19, 2021. Current restrictions include:
When possible, employees are encouraged to work from home
Social distancing measures on pubs and restaurants
Cinemas and other entertainment venues will remain at 50% capacity
Nightclubs will remain shut
South Korea announced that some travelers will be exempt from the mandatory 2-week quarantine. Starting July 1, 2021, citizens, foreign residents, travelers entering the country to visit relatives, and those traveling for business who have had a vaccine approved by the World Health Organization will be exempt.
June 9, 2021
Ontario – Starting Friday, June 11, 2021, Ontario will begin to loosen some of the COVID-19 restrictions.
- Non-essential shops will be able to open at 15% capacity
- Outdoor dining will be able to reopen, with a maximum of 4 people per table
- Outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people will be permitted
June 8, 2021
Starting June 21, 2021, the Czech Republic will open its borders to EU and Serbian citizens. Travelers entering the country will have to either provide proof of vaccination, proof of recovery, or a negative PCR test.
New York – The governor of New York has announced that once 70% of residents have at least 1 vaccination dose, the state will cancel all COVID-19 related restrictions.
Ireland reopened its pubs. Pubs have been closed since the start of the pandemic.
June 7, 2021
Spain has announced that all vaccinated travelers are able to enter into the country. To be eligible to enter, one must have been vaccinated for at least 14 days.
New Delhi and Mumbai began easing some of the COVID-19 restrictions.
Delhi- The metro was able to begin operating at 50% capacity.
Mumbai- Malls are allowed to open.
Taiwan has announced that the current restrictions will be extended until the end of June. Taiwan’s emergency level is currently at 3, which includes ….
Guangzhou- Residents of Guangzhou are not permitted to leave their homes without proof of absolutely needing to go out.
June 3, 2o21
Australia has announced a temporary disaster payment due to the extended lockdown. Shift workers who haven’t been able to work due to the extended lockdown in Australia may be entitled to up to 500 AUD. This payment would be available for those residing in areas where the lockdown was more than 1 week. In addition, those over the age of 17 and who have less than 10,000 AUD in savings will be eligible for this payment.
Spain has announced that by mid-August, areas where there is no herd immunity but have low infection rates would be able to reopen night life.
June 2, 2021
Starting June 6, 2021, Poland will allow gatherings of 150 people. In addition, those who are vaccinated will not be counted towards the limit. Right now, the limit stands at 50 people.
Victoria has announced that the current lockdown restrictions will be extended for another week.
June 1, 2021
Malaysia has announced a nationwide lockdown that goes into effect today. Residents are limited from venturing more than 10 kilometers from their homes. Only essential economic and service sector workers are exempt.
May 30, 2021
Starting June 7th, Scotland expects to lower their CODID-19 alert level to level 1. As of now, this is still not set in stone as there are still areas where the infection rate is still high.
Hong Kong has announced that civil servants who go get vaccinated will receive a day off for each dose taken.
May 27, 2021
Yesterday, the Swiss government announced the easing of restrictions. This will include the reopening of indoor and outdoor restaurants and the cancellation of work from home mandates.
Starting June, those who have been vaccinated will no longer need to quarantine when entering the country.
May 26, 2021
South Korea has announced that starting June 1, 2021, those who are vaccinated are exempt from the limitations of family gatherings of a maximum of 8 people. In addition, starting July 1, 2021, fully vaccinated individuals will not be subject to wear face masks while outdoors or need to follow restrictions regarding the number of gatherers in places such as restaurants and cafes.
May 25, 2021
Israel has announced that starting June, most COVID-19 restrictions will be canceled as the country has reached herd immunity.
Taiwan has announced that they are extending the current alert level 3 until June 14, 2021. This alert level requires masks to be work in public at all times. In addition, outdoor gatherings are limited to 10 people, and 5 indoor. Lastly, schools will remain remote until June 14th.
May 20, 2021
Berlin- Starting tomorrow, May 21, 2021, Berlin will be allowed to reopen bars and outdoor areas of restaurants and cafes. Patrons must provide a negative COVID-19 test or proof that they have been fully vaccinated. Up to 5 people from 2 households will be able to sit together.
Egypt has announced that the country will be extending the current COVID-19 restrictions until the end of this month. This includes the closure of shops, malls, and theatres to close at 9 pm.
May 19, 2021
Taiwan announced tightening of restrictions. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 10 people, and indoor gatherings are limited to 5. In addition, some non-essential shops will be forced to close.
Outdoor dining has reopened today at 50% capacity. Restaurants have not been allowed to serve in their establishment since October 2020. In addition, non-essential businesses have reopened.
May 18, 2021
Italy has changed the terms of the current curfew. Curfew will now begin at 11 pm (instead of 10 pm) and ends at 5 am. This curfew applies to areas classified as yellow, orange, or red. Starting June 7th, the curfew will begin at 12 am and is set to be canceled by June 21st.
Starting June 1, 2021, the regions of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Molise, and Sardinia will move to alert level ‘white’ which would allow for the cancellation of curfew in those areas.
Massachusetts – Starting May 29, 2021, all COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted in the state of Massachusetts.
Starting Wednesday, May 19, 2021, some restrictions will be lifted.
- Restaurants will be able to offer outdoor dining.
- Open-air cinemas, museums, amusement parks will be able to open.
May 13, 2021
The Maldives has banned tourists from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka starting today. However, healthcare workers who have permits are exempt.
Starting Saturday, May 15th, 2021, the current nightly curfew will be lifted.
May 12, 2021
Belgium has announced that starting June 9, 2021, current restrictions will begin to relax, and hope to have all restrictions lifted by September 1, 2021.
Starting on June 9th:
- Restaurants will be able to serve indoor diners until 10 pm and 11:30 pm for outdoor dining
- Indoor gatherings of 200 people and 400 people outdoors will be permitted
- Belgian employees will be able to work from their office once a week
May 11, 2021
Taiwan announced a tightening of restrictions today, where outdoor gatherings are limited to 500 people and indoor gatherings to 100. This new restriction is set to expire June 8, 2021.
May 10, 2021
The UK announced the alert level will be lowered to 3, which indicates that the virus is in general circulation. The level was lowered after the infection rate was less than 10,000 new infections per day and less than 25 new weekly infections per every 100,000 people.
Spain has lifted curfew for the majority of regions as of Sunday, May 9, 2021.
Gatherings are still restricted to 6 people.
Starting today, Malaysia has banned inter-region travel for the next 4 weeks. In addition, starting May 12, 2021, the country will go into lockdown that is set to expire on June 7, 2021. All social gatherings will be banned.
Starting May 19, 2021, France will reopen outdoor bars and restaurants.
May 6, 2021
The state of Kerala announced a lockdown that is set to begin May 8, 2021 and is set to expire May 16, 2021.
May 5, 2021
Sri Lanka has expanded their lockdown to the districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Ratnapura, and Vavuniya.
May 4, 2021
Starting yesterday, May 3, 2021, Israel has banned travel to India, Mexico, South Africa, Brazil, Ukraine, Ethiopia, and Turkey, with exception to special cases. Those returning from these countries will be required to isolate for 10 days, regardless of being able to present a negative PCR test or certificate of recovery.
Singapore has announced a tightening on restrictions. Starting Saturday, May 8, 2021, travelers arriving in Singapore will have to isolate for 21 days instead of 14. In addition, social gatherings will be limited to 5 people
April 28, 2021
The US announced new mask restrictions for those that are fully vaccinated that include:
- Ability to be unmasked outdoors while walking or exercising or with other members of the same household.
- Can enjoy outdoor dining without a mask with members of multiple households
Ohio- Residents of Ohio who are fully vaccinated will no longer have to quarantine if they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
As of Friday, April 30, 2021, the state of emergency that has been in place since January in Portugal will be lifted. More easing of restrictions is expected to be announced on Monday.
April 27, 2021
New guidance on mask-wearing will be announced today.
Vienna- Starting May 3, 2021, beauty salons, hairdressers, and retail stores will be able to reopen.
A travel ban has been imposed on travelers arriving from Brazil, India, and South Africa.
Hong Kong announced that starting April 29, 2021, bars and nightclubs will be reopened for those who are vaccinated.
April 25, 2021
Federal- The mask-wearing mandate on public transportation is set to end May 11, 2021, and officials will be deciding on whether or not to extend this mandate further.
Rhode Island- Rhode Island has announced measures that are aimed at reopening.
From May 7th, 2021:
- Mask wearing will no longer be required outdoors
- All businesses will be able to reopen at 80% capacity, so long that social distancing measures can be honored.
- Social gatherings will be limited to 25 people indoors and 75 people outdoors
Starting May 28, 2021:
- All businesses will be able to operate at full capacity, mask wearing and social distancing will still be enforced
- Social gatherings will have no capacity limit, however, events with more than 2,500 people will need permission from the state department.
United Arab Emirates
The UAE has banned all incoming passenger flights from India.
April 22, 2021
New York- A bill that would amend the New York Health and Essential Rights Act (NY HERO Act) that has been introduced by legislation would mandate new health and safety measures against COVID-19 in the workplace. The amendments include fines for employers who fail to enforce workplace standards to protect employees from the coronavirus. In addition, the legislation includes standards on testing, social distancing, face mask-wearing, and other personal protective equipment. Workers would be able to report employers who do not follow protocol without fear of retaliation. The bill has yet to be signed into law by the governor of New York.
Germany has announced the introduction of nationwide rules for areas in the country with high COVID-19 positive cases. Amendments to the Infections Protection Act. If passed, it would give the government the ability to impose stricter measures against the virus.
If there are over 100 positive cases for every 100,000 residents over a -day period, the federal government would be able to impose local shutdowns and curfews will be imposed. Up to now, this has been agreed upon between states, however, it has been the responsibility of local governments to implement these measures.
Curfews would be imposed from the hours of 10 pm and 5 am, with exception to medical emergencies or waking or jogging until 12 am if one is alone. In addition, essential shops would be forced to close at 10 pm. Lastly, employers would need to allow their employers to work from home, unless they are unable to, and therefore, would need to undergo a PCR test once a week.
April 21, 2021
France has announced that starting May 3, 2021, domestic travel restrictions will be lifted. Currently, residents are not allowed to go further than 10 km from their place of residence.
In addition, primary and kindergartens will open up April 26th.
Tokyo- A state of emergency in Tokyo is expected to be announced.
April 20, 2021
Non-essential shops including beauty salons and hair dressers began to open yesterday, April 19, 2021. Slovakia has been under lockdown for the past 4 months.
Travelers from the European Union, United States, Israel, United Arab Emirates, and Serbia will be able to enter Greece without the need to quarantine.
April 14, 2021
Denmark has announced that starting April 21, 2021, Denmark will begin to gradually open its borders. In addition, from May 1, 2021, European Union citizens and those from the Schengen area that are fully vaccinated will be able to enter without needing to present a negative PCR test.
April 13, 2021
The Germany Federal government passed amendments to the German Infection Protection Act that would give the government the ability to enforce standardized rules to places or regions where the infection rate is high. These changes still need to be approved by the German Parliament, but is expected to pass.
Starting next week, it will not be required to wear masks outdoors. However, masks will still be required in public gatherings.
April 12, 2021
Non-essential stores opened today, April 12, 2021.
Remote learning has been in place since November 7, 2020 however, today, schools were able to resume in-class learning.
April 7, 2021
The Maltese government announced an easing of restrictions that will begin this month. Starting Monday, April 12, 2021, schools will resume in-class learning.
Starting April 26, 2021, restaurants and non-essential shops will most likely be able to reopen and starting June 1, 2021, Malta will be reopened for tourism.
Poland has announced an extension on the current restrictions until April 18, 2021. Restrictions includes the closure of non-essential shops and restaurants. In addition, kindergartens will remained closed.
Osaka- It is expected that Osaka will declare a state of emergency in the next few days.
April 6, 2021
Delhi- A night curfew was announced today that will go into immediate effect for the territory of Delhi. Curfew will be imposed from the hours of 10 pm to 5 am. Only personnel deemed essential will be able to leave their homes during these hours. This new measure is set to expire April 30, 2021.
Osaka, Hyogo, and Miyagi are implementing stricter rules as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in those areas. Bars and restaurants will be forced to close by 8 pm.
Businesses that will be forced to stay closed for the month of April will be eligible to receive between 1,000-4,000 EUR in financial aid from the government.
- 0-5 employees will receive 1,000 EUR
- 6-20 employees will receive 2,000 EUR
- 21-50 employees will receive 4,000 EUR
The funds for this aid are expected to be distributed in May.
April 5, 2021
California- Starting April 15, 2021, California will begin to allow indoor gatherings. Indoor gatherings will be limited to 100 for counties that are still labeled as red, 150 for counties labeled as orange, and 200 people for counties labeled as yellow.
March 31, 2021
Austria announced that starting today, lockdown in Vienna, Burgenland and southern parts of Austria will go into effect until April 10, 2021. With exception to grocery stores and pharmacies, all stores will be closed. In Vienna, additional restrictions will be enforced, including a curfew where people will only be allowed to leave their homes for grocery shopping, walking their pets, and exercise.
Brisbane- Lockdown was lifted Wednesday, March 31 at noon local time.
On March 31, 2021, France announced that starting Tuesday, April 6th, schools will go to remote learning, and starting April 12, 2021, there will be a 2-week break and will resume April 26, 2021. In addition, after April 5, 2021, domestic travel will be banned. Lastly, starting Saturday, April 3, 2021, residents will not be allowed to travel more than 10 kilometers from their homes, and those who can must work from home.
March 30, 2021
Turkey announced that during the month of Ramadan, weekend lockdowns will be imposed. In addition to this, a 9 pm-5 pm curfew is still in effect, and restaurants are only allowed to offer delivery or takeout.
Germany announced that until May 12, 2021, those entering Germany will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of flying.
March 29, 2021
Starting April 1, 2021, Slovenia will be forced into a lockdown as the number of infections has increased. This lockdown is expected to expire on April 12, 2021.
Starting today, the UK announced a few easing of restrictions:
- Groups of 6 people from 2 households will be able to meet outdoors
- Outdoor sports facilities are able to open
The next round of easing of restrictions is set to April 12, 2021. It is expected that restaurants and pubs will be able to serve customers outside and non-essential shops will be able to open.
Starting April 1, 2021, swimming pools and beaches will be able to open. In addition, religious gatherings will be limited to 30%, whereas previously, were not allowed. Lastly, theme parks and cinemas will be able to operate at 75% capacity from the current 50% capacity.
March 25, 2021
Starting Sunday, March 28, 2021, Oman will impose a curfew from 8 pm to 5 am. The curfew is set to last until April 8, 2021.
Poland announced new restrictions:
- Hairdressers and salons will be forced to close.
- Nurseries will be closed.
March 24, 2021
Ban on termination was extended to June 30, 2021.
New restrictions in Uraguay were announced and are set to expire on April 12, 2021.
- Closure of public offices, with exception to essential services
- Schools will move to remote learning
- Restaurants and bars will be forced to close at midnight
- Gyms, shows, and other social events will be forced to close
Starting Saturday, March 27, 2021, schools will be closed. However, nursery schools will remain open. This new restriction is set to expire on April 19, 2021.
In addition, hairdressers and other non-essential shops will be forced to close until April 24, 2021.
March 18, 2021
The Ukrainian government has announced that starting March 20, 2021, the city of Kyiv will go into a 3-week lockdown.
- Entertainment establishments will be forced to close.
- Restaurants will be able to offer takeaway.
- Schools will move to remote learning.
Starting March 22, 2021, new restrictions will be imposed for 10 days. Restaurants, malls, and schools will be forced to close.
Tokyo – Japan announced that starting Sunday, March 21, 2021, the state of emergency in Tokyo and the surrounding area will be lifted.
March 17, 2021
Starting Saturday, March 20, 2021, Poland will go into a nationwide lockdown. All entertainment establishments will be forced to close, and schools will go back to online learning.
March 16, 2021
For the next 15 days, Seoul employers will have to undergo a PCR test if they employ a foreign worker. In addition, the foreign worker/s will also be required to get tested.
Manila- Starting Wednesday, March 17th, 2021, those under the age of 18 will no be permitted to leave their homes for a period of 2 weeks.
Oslo- Yesterday, Oslo imposed new restrictions where only 2 people would be allowed to visit a person’s home. In addition, secondary schools were closed down with exception to children of essential workers.
March 15, 2021
The Italian government has announced a new lockdown that is set to last until after Easter. Starting today, schools, shops, and restaurants will be closed in most of the country, including Milan and Rome. Residents will only be able to leave their homes for essential reasons such as food shopping or seeking medical attention. In addition, residents will be able to leave their home in order to go to work.
Between April 3rd-5th, a total shutdown of the country will be imposed.
France has a national curfew between the hours of 6 pm- 6 am.
A partial lockdown will be imposed over the next 2 weekends in Nice and the surrounding area.
March 11, 2021
After a surge in infections, Malta has gone back into lockdown.
- All schools will go back to online learning until April 11, 2021
- All non-essential shops will be forced to close
- Public social gatherings will be limited to 4 people
- With the exception of funerals and weddings, churches will not be allowed to receive people
March 10, 2021
New Mexico – New Mexico House of Representatives has passed legislation that would allow an essential worker who contracts COVID-19 to receive worker’s compensation if the employer fails to comply with safe practices and public health orders. However, an employer would be able to refute a claim if they are able to produce evidence that the employee ignored health orders. If this bill is approved by the senate and the governor of New Mexico, this bill would go into law effective immediately and expire on January 31, 2023.
Utah- Starting April 10, 2021, Utah will lift the mask mandate. However, masks will still be required in schools and large gatherings.
Texas- Texas has lifted their mask mandate.
Starting today, Mauritius has gone into lockdown and is set to last for 2 weeks. Essential services will continue to run, however, there will be limited access to grocery stores, pharmacies, and gas stations.
Gatherings of 2 or more people have been banned.
March 9, 2021
New York- Legislature was passed to amend the New York Labor Law which would allow employees paid leave for the purpose of getting a COVID-19 vaccine. If this bill is signed by Governor Cuomo, it will go into law effective immediately. This bill grants employees up to 4 hours of paid time off per dose and the rate of pay would be the same as the regular rate. In addition, employers would be prohibited from retaliating or discriminating against an employee that wishes to take this leave.
March 8, 2021
The US Government passed a $1.9 trillion stimulus bill over the weekend. This legislation includes:
- $1,400 in direct payments to most Americans
- An additional $300 per week in unemployment aid benefits until September 2021
March 4, 2021
Rio de Janeiro has announced that it will impose a nightly curfew from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. The new restrictions will last until March 11.
Hungary is shifting from a partial lockdown (which was expected to end March 15) and moving to a full lockdown that will last from March 8 to March 22. The lockdown will force all shops except food stores and pharmacies to close, and shift to remote learning in primary schools.
March 3, 2021
Japan’s state of emergency that was due to end March 7, has been extended for two more weeks.
The extension targets Tokyo and the surrounding prefectures: Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo, Aichi, Gifu, and Fukuoka. Tochigi Prefecture, which had been the target so far, was excluded because the number of newly infected people is improving.
March 2, 2021
Germany plans to extend its coronavirus lockdown until 28 March but some restrictions will be eased starting from 8 March. Lockdown discussions are due to take place tomorrow.
February 25, 2021
On March 8, Finland will enter a 3-week lockdown. The lockdown will close bars and restaurants and order school students that are 13 or older to shift to remote learning as well as restrictions of gatherings of more than six people, but will not include a curfew.
Hungary has decided to extend its partial lockdown until March 15.
Israel will enforce a nightly curfew from Thursday 25 to Sunday morning. Israelis will be barred from traveling more than a kilometer from home between 8:30 p.m. and 5 a.m. and only essential businesses may open during those hours.
February 24, 2021
Athens planned on lifting its lockdown on March 1, but the steep rise in infections has forced them to continue the current lockdown.
February 22, 2021
The Italian government has extended the ban on all non-essential travel between its 20 regions until March 27.
The ministry of interior announced that Saudi Arabia will extend its travel restrictions until May 17.
February 21, 2021
Israel further eased restrictions on Sunday, February 21, reopening shopping malls, markets, museums, and libraries. Also, Israelis who can show proof that they have been vaccinated, or have recovered from the Coronavirus, will be allowed to access gyms, sporting events, cultural events, and hotels.
February 18, 2021
The travel bubble suspension has been extended until at least Sunday, February 21.
On February 18 Auckland’s 3-day lockdown ended, moving Auckland to a Covid-19 Alert Level 2 and the rest of New Zealand to Alert Level 1. The alert levels will be reviewed on Monday, February 22.
February 16, 2021
The nighttime curfews that have been in effect nightly from 9 pm – 4:30 pm since January 23 are to be lifted immediately.
Israel will further ease restrictions on Sunday, February 21, reopening shopping malls, markets, museums, and libraries. Also, Israelis who can show proof that they have been vaccinated, or have recovered from the Coronavirus, will be allowed to access gyms, sporting events, cultural events, and hotels.
The travel ban that came into force on January 1 has been extended until April 18. Only essential workers are permitted to enter if they have received special permission from Greenland’s government.
February 15, 2021
The travel bubble set up between New Zealand and Australia has been suspended due to new Coronavirus cases in Auckland. Travelers who had returned to Australia in the past 72 hours will also need to enter 14 days of supervised hotel quarantine.
February 14, 2021
Auckland has gone into a 3-day lockdown due to the reemergence of Coronavirus cases. The lockdown will be set at level 3 restrictions, requiring everyone to stay home except for essential shopping and essential work.
The rest of the country was raised to level 2 restrictions, with all gatherings limited to 100 people, including at restaurants and cafes.
February 10, 2021
Hong Kong will ease its Coronavirus restrictions on February 18, re-opening sports and entertainment facilities and extending dining hours.
Germany has drafted plans to extend its Coronavirus restrictions until March 14.
February 9, 2021
The Spanish government has extended its border closure with Portugal until March 1, thus extending its restrictions on non-essential travel with exceptions for cross-border workers, health workers, and truck drivers.
February 7, 2021
Israel has eased its third nationwide lockdown, lifting the 1,000-meter travel restriction, and reopening businesses that do not cater to the public, restaurant takeout services, businesses with individual interactions, nature reserves, national parks, heritage sites, and Israel Antiquities Authority sites.
Airports and schools remain shut.
February 4, 2021
Denmark is working on offering business travelers a digital coronavirus passport to vaccinated citizens in order to help companies “get back on track”. The passport will be used for travel purposes but may eventually be used to help reopen public life in Denmark.
February 3, 2021
Over the next two weeks, Hong Kong will be enforcing “ambush-style lockdowns”. Police are temporarily sealing residential blocks for 12 to 48 hours, ordering residents to quarantine and undergo mandatory Coronavirus testing.
Japan has extended its state of emergency until March 7.
The extension targets 10 prefectures: Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo, Aichi, Gifu, and Fukuoka. Tochigi Prefecture, which had been the target so far, was excluded because the number of newly infected people is improving.
February 2, 2021
Austria has announced that it will ease lockdown restrictions on February 8, reopening shops, schools, and museums.
Japan coronavirus task force will meet on Tuesday with plans to extend the current lockdown in Tokyo, Osaka, and eight other prefectures. The lockdown orders companies to facilitate work from home where possible and for restaurants to close by 8 p.m.
February 1, 2021
Israel has extended its nationwide lockdown until Friday, February 5, and extended its airport closure until Sunday, February 7.
The cabinet will meet again on Wednesday to discuss if another extension is required.
Western Australia has imposed a three-day lockdown (until 6 p.m. on Friday) for Perth metropolitan area, the Peel region, and the South West region.
The lockdown will close all schools and non-essential businesses and only allow people to leave their homes for essential purposes.
January 28, 2021
Norway will be closing its borders on Friday, January 29 for two weeks.
Exceptions will only be made to:
- Foreigners residing in Norway
- People who work in socially critical positions.
- Goods and passenger transport
- Health personnel from Sweden and Finland who work for institutions with health and care in Norway.
- Parents who have arranged contact with children in Norway
- People who have very special reasons to enter Norway
India has announced that it will ease restrictions on February 1, reopening pools, cinemas, and outdoor gatherings of any size outside of designated “containment zones”. Although the government will ease restrictions, it will still allow states to dictate restrictions on a micro-level.
January 27, 2021
The monthly Social Security contributions for employees has been reduced to 0.5% in February and March. The reduced rate of 3.0% for employers will remain for the months of February and March.
The government has eased restrictions in Moscow allowing for bars, restaurants, and nightclubs to reopen.
Peru announced a total lockdown in its Capital and 9 other regions due to the hospitals being overwhelmed. The lockdown instructs employees to work from home, for all non-essential work closed, the suspension of interregional land and air travel, and the extension of a ban on flights coming from Europe to flights from Brazil.
The lockdown is set to last until at least 14 February.
January 26, 2021
The US will impose a travel ban on Saturday, January 30 for people who have passed through Soth Africa. The travel ban will also extend to Brazil, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and 26 other countries in the European Schengen. US citizens will be exempt but will still be subject to any required COVID-19 testing or mandated quarantine protocols.
Israel has halted all commercial flights until January 31, barring entry to both new immigrants and its own citizens. Exceptions will be made for cargo planes, emergency aircraft, and “firefighting flights”.
Israel is also under a current lockdown that will be effective until 31 January 2021.
January 25, 2021
Ukraine has ended its lockdown which began January 8 this year. Schools, gyms, and restaurants will now be open.
January 24, 2021
The Ministry of Finance once again postponed the collection of withholding taxes (personal and corporate) in response to COVID-19. The new collection date will be June 30, 2021.
The Kowloon peninsula area of Hong Kong is in a complete lockdown due to an outbreak of COVID-19 in the area. Some 10,00 residents must stay home and about 70 buildings are now closed. The lockdown will only be lifted once a majority of the residents are tested and results have been determined.
January 21, 2021
Beijing- Residents of Daxing are restricted from leaving the district without presenting a negative PCR test that has been taken within the last 72 hours. In addition, starting Sunday, January 24, schools in Beijing will return to remote learning.
Moscow- Starting Friday, January 22, 2021, some COVID-19 restrictions in Moscow will be relaxed. While state-run colleges will continue with remote learning, colleges will be able to reopen. In addition, cultural and entertainment establishments will be able allowed 50% capacity.
Bars and restaurants will still need to close early and employers will need to limit capacity to 30% of their workforce.
January 20, 2021
Israel has announced that the current lockdown restrictions have been extended to January 31, 2021.
Germany has extended their current lockdown until February 14, 2021, due to concern over the new COVID-19 variant. Restrictions include:
- The closure of non-essential shops and restaurants
- Schools will remain closed.
- Strict medical mask enforcement in public spaces including public transportation. Previously, non-medical masks such as those made of fabric were permitted.
- Encouragement to allow employees to work from home
January 19, 2021
Australia has extended the JobKeeper payment to March 28, 2021. If the employer experiences turnover from January 4th, 2021 to March 2, 2021, the employer will need to fill out a form to determine their eligibility.
Starting January 4, 2021, employers are required to pay their employees the amount they are entitled to from the JobKeeper scheme (either 1,000 AUD or 650 AUD)
Okinawa was added to the growing list of regions that have declared a state of emergency in Japan. Measures include restaurants and bars closing by 8 pm and encouraging residents to refrain from non-essential outings.
The German government has proposed to extend the current lockdown restrictions until February 15, 2021. Mandatory mask-wearing in public spaces has also been proposed, as well as improving assistance for companies that have been affected by the lockdown restrictions.
Norway has announced the easing of restrictions. Residents will now be permitted to allow up to 5 guests in their homes. However, bars and restaurants are still banned from serving alcohol.
Starting today, night curfews in Bogota will go into effect for 2 weeks and are currently set to expire on January 28, 2021. Residents will be required to stay in their homes from 8 pm to 4 am.
January 17, 2021
Israel will possibly extend the current lockdown as the infection rate is still high. The current lockdown is set to expire on January 21, 2021.
Italy is discussing the possibility of extending the possible ban on employment terminations until June 30, 2021. Currently, the ban is set to expire on March 31, 2021.
January 14, 2021
Starting Monday, January 18, 2021, in-class learning will resume. Apart from this change, the current lockdown restrictions have been extended until January 21, 2021. The current restrictions include the closure of bars and restaurants and mask-wearing in public places.
The current COVID-19 restrictions in Colombia that were set to expire on January 16, 2021, have been extended until February 28, 2021. Restrictions include limited ability to travel and give mayors the ability to impose their own restrictions on mobility as needed.
Switzerland has announced new restrictions. Employers must allow their employees to work from home when possible, however, if there is more than 1 person in the workplace, masks must be worn. In addition, gatherings are limited to 5 people.
January 13, 2021
Starting January 26, 2021, all travelers flying to the US must be able to present a negative PCR test within 72 hours of departure.
California- The stay at home order for Sacramento and surrounding areas have been lifted. This mandate was initially imposed on December 10, 2020, and included a ban on the opening of malls, beauty salons, and other recreational and non-essential establishments.
The San Francisco Bay Area, Central Valley, and Southern California are still under strict stay-at-home orders.
In addition to Tokyo and the surrounding area, Japan has announced a state of emergency in Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo, Kansai, Aichi and Gifu.
January 12, 2021
Malaysia has declared a state of emergency and is currently set to last until August 1, 2021.
China has imposed a lockdown on the city of Langfang starting today. Residents will be under strict home quarantine measures for 7 days and subject to a PCR test.
South Africa has announced that the current restrictions will be extended the current COVID-19 restrictions that were set to expire on Thursday, January 15th, 2021 as there has been an increase in infection rate due to the new variant. This extension is set to last until February 15, 2021. Restrictions include:
- Restrictions on movement from 9 pm to 5 am local time, with exception to things like seeking medical attention. Those in violation are subject to a fine and/or imprisonment.
- Closure of leisure establishments (i.e cinemas, gyms, museums, restaurants, etc.) by 8 pm
- Closure of land borders
- A maximum of 70% capacity on public transportation
- Ban on the sale of alcohol
- When possible, employees must work from home.
January 11, 2021
Beijing- Starting today, January 11, 2021, a strict lockdown was imposed on Beijing and the surrounding area. Residents are banned from leaving their residents until they have been tested for COVID-19.
Starting Wednesday, January 13, 2021, Malaysia will impose a partial lockdown in Penang, Selangor, Melaka, Johor, Sabah, Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, and Labuan. The restrictions include a ban on travel between these districts and movement will be limited to 10 kilometers from one’s place of residence.
This lockdown is currently set to expire on January 26, 2021.
January 10, 2021
Cyprus has announced a 3-week lockdown due to the rise in COVID-19 cases starting at 5 am local time today. Shops, malls, restaurants, and beauty salons were forced to shut. Residents are only permitted to leave their homes twice a day and must send a text to authorities before leaving their place of residence. One may leave to exercise, buying groceries, or visiting a doctor or pharmacy. In addition, schools will move to remote learning.
January 7, 2021
Israel imposed an extension if its current lockdown and new restrictions for an additional two weeks starting today, January 7, 2021. In addition to the current regulations, these have been added:
- Employees are barred from entering the workplace, with the exception of places that have been deemed essential. Employers may allow employees to enter the workplace only when the employee is essential to the maintenance or functioning of the workplace.
- Gatherings of up to 5 people in a closed area and 10 in an open space will be permitted
- 20 people for weddings, funerals, and circumcisions
- Those who have purchased a plane ticket after the restrictions take effect will not be able to fly, however, there are a few exceptions.
- Schools will be closed, with the exception of special education programs
Japan has officially announced a state of emergency in Tokyo and neighboring Saitama, Chiba, and Kanagawa. The state of emergency will begin Friday, January 8, 2021, and is set to end on February 7, 2021. Restaurants and bars will be forced to close by 8 pm. In addition, non-essential outings are discouraged, and more employees will be asked to work from home.
California- California is asking residents to not travel more than 120 miles for non-essential travel. In addition, visitors from out of state are being discouraged from entering California for non-essential travel.
January 6, 2021
Germany has announced that non-essential travel will be limited to a 15-kilometer radius. This new restriction will apply to areas where more than 200 new cases have been found for every 10,000 people over a seven day period.
In addition, the current restrictions that are in place are set to expire on January 10, 2021, however, today there will be renewed discussions on possible extending the restrictions.
The government announced that those returning from non-essential travel (i.e holiday travel) to Canada will no longer be eligible for the 500 CAD a week sickness benefit under the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) intended to assist in covering for the need to quarantine upon arrival to Canada. The intention of the CRSB are for
January 5, 2021
England, Scotland, and Wales have imposed a new lockdown due to the rising infection rate of the new COVID-19 variant. The lockdown includes limiting the leaving of one’s home for things other than essentials, such as grocery shopping, seeking medical attention, or exercise. In addition, primary and secondary schools will be forced to close to students except for children whose parents are essential workers. The lockdown is set to expire on February 15th in England, and at the end of January for Scotland.
Current restrictions are set to expire Thursday, January 7, 2021, however, has decided to keep current restriction in place but will relax restrictions over the weekdays. Italy will return to their previous 3-tier system so that different regions will have different restrictions depending on necessity.
The reopening of high schools at 50% capacity will be postponed until Monday, January 11, 2021.
January 4, 2021
The government has requested that those in the Tokyo and metropolitan areas from venturing outside of one’s home for non-essential outings.
Japan is considering announcing a state of emergency in some regions of the country. The state of emergency would apply to Tokyo, Chiba, Saitama, and Kanagawa.
In addition, changes are being discussed in allowing local governments to begin to enforce COVID-19 restrictions more harshly.
Schools in Hong Kong are suspending in-class learning until February 15, 2021.
Currently, restaurants must close by 6 pm and salons and gyms are closed. These restrictions have been renewed to remain in place for an additional 2 weeks.
South Korea has restricted all gatherings across the country to 4 people as the infection rate continues to rise.
January 3, 2021
Wyoming – Starting January 9, 2021, bars and restaurants in Wyoming will be able to resume operating. In addition, gyms will be able to increase capacity from the current 10% to 25%.
Starting January 15, 2021, New Zealand will require travelers from the United States and the United Kingdom to present a negative COVID-19 test before entering the country. As of current, travelers from these countries are required to present a negative test within 24 hours of entering the country.
December 29, 2020
Indonesia has announced that starting January 1, 2021, all foreign nationals will be banned from entering the country for 2 weeks.
All travelers must be able to present a negative COVID-19 test at least 72 hours before entering the country.
December 27, 2020
South Korea has announced that the current social distancing measures will be extended to January 3, 2021. After the 3rd, the government will reassess the situation to see if more measures will need to be implemented.
At 5 pm today, Israel will enter into a 2-week lockdown.
- One cannot go further than 1 kilometer from their place of residence. Some exceptions include going to a permitted workplace, seeking medical treatment, or individual exercise. Those found in violation face a 500 NIS fine.
- Ban on entering another’s place of residence
- Closure of all non-essential shops
- Kindergarten-4th grade and 11-12th grade will continue in-class learning, while grades 5-10 will be moved to remote learning.
- Workplaces with 10 or more employees must restrict capacity to 50% or a total of 10 employees, whichever is higher.
Restrictions are set to expire on January 9, 2021.
The US is now requiring all travelers from the United Kingdom to test negative for COVID-19 before departing from the UK.
December 24, 2020
Israel announced a 2-week lockdown that will begin 5 pm Sunday, December 27th, and is set to last for 2 weeks.
Lockdown rules have yet to be approved, however, the following are proposed:
- Restaurants will be allowed to offer delivery services
- Movement will be restricted to 1 kilometer from one’s home
- Public transportation will be limited to 50% capacity
- Gatherings will be limited to 10 people indoors and 20 people outdoors
- In-class learning will be allowed for Kindergarten-4th 11th and 12th-grade students will have in-class learning from 8 am to 1 pm
- Individual sports
- Individuals will be restricted from entering other’s homes, with exception of immediate family members
- Workplaces that do not accept customers will be limited to 50% capacity
- Shops and cultural establishments will be closed
The UK has issued a travel ban starting December 24, 2020, at 9 am local time for anyone who has been in South Africa for the past 10 days due to a possible new strain of COVID-19. The exceptions are British and Irish nationals as well as visa holders.
New York – New York began a mandatory quarantine for all travelers arriving from the United Kingdom. Those who are in breach of the quarantine will face a fine of $1,000 USD per day.
Starting Sunday, December 27, 2020, the Czech Republic will impose a stricter curfew that will begin at 9 pm. All non-essential shops will be forced to close. Bars and restaurants are to remain closed.
The state of Karnataka imposed a curfew banning non-essential travel from the hours of 10 pm to 6 pm and is set to last until January 2, 2021.
December 23, 2020
South Korea has announced that they will be suspending all flights from the United Kingdom until the end of the year.
Tennessee- The Governor of Tennessee has extended the state of emergency order until February 27, 2021.
December 22, 2020
Starting at 10 pm Wednesday, December 24, 2020, Israel will close its borders to non-Israeli passport holders. In addition, all Israelis returning from abroad will go into a mandated quarantine in a designated hotel. Returning citizens must either quarantine for 14 days or 10 days with 2 negative COVIS-19 tests.
Guatemala has barred all travelers who have visited the United Kingdom within the past 14 days due to the new COVID-19 strain.
Bangkok- Starting yesterday, December 21, 2020, all schools in Bangkok were shuttered and are set to reopen on January 4, 2021. In addition, those who work in Bangkok and commute from Samut Sakhon must work from home.
Trinidad and Tobago
Travelers coming from the UK will be required to enter into a mandatory 14-day quarantine in a designated facility.
The US Congress has passed a COVID-19 relief package that will grant $600 USD per adult, with an additional payment for those unemployed due to the virus.
December 16, 2020
Starting today, December 16, 2020, London’s COVID-19 restriction level is raised to tier 3. Restaurants, bars, and theaters will be forced to close. Bars and restaurants will be able to offer take out services.
December 15, 2020
The Netherlands announced a national lockdown that started December 14, 2020 and is set to last until January 19, 2021.
December 14, 2020
Starting Wednesday, December 23, 2020, Germany will impose a lockdown where all non-essential shops and schools will close. In addition, social gatherings will be limited to 5 people from two different households. The lockdown is set to end on January 10, 2021.
The UK is planning on reviewing all of their COVID-19 measures that have been put in place as the infection rate rises.
Starting Tuesday, December 15, 2020, rules on quarantine will change in Israel.
Those suspected of being infected will have to take a test at the beginning of the isolation period followed by another one 9 days later.
In addition, the mandatory 14-day quarantine will be shortened to 10 days.
Japan has announced that they will be holding a COVID-19 task force meeting in order to discuss new possible measures.
South Korea will begin discussing the possibility of increasing its COVID- 19 measures to level 3 which would restrict social gatherings to 10 people or less.
December 9, 2020
Denmark has announced the closure of restaurants, bars, and cultural establishments. These restrictions go into effect today and are set to last until the end of the year.
Manitoba- Manitoba has extended the COVID-19 Restrictions until January however, will loosen some restrictions that would allow families to gather for the holidays.
Drive-in services will be allowed, so long that members of the same household are in the same vehicle and do not leave them.
Israel had previously announced a nightly curfew, however, this has been put on hold for now as the legality of a night curfew has been put to question.
Starting today, Wednesday, December 9, 2020, malls and open markets, and museums will be allowed to open.
December 8, 2020
Hong Kong has announced new restrictions in an attempt to battle COVID-19.
Restaurants will only be able to offer to take out between the hours of 6 pm and 5 am. In-house dining will be restricted to 50% capacity.
Sports facilities will be closed until December 23, 2020.
These new rules go into effect Thursday, December 10, 2020.
December 7, 2020
The French government has announced that the current lockdown (since October 30th) may be lifted on December 15, 2020, pending a lower infection rate of less than 5,000 per day.
New York- Pre-School and Kindergarten- 5th grade will resume in-class learning today. Special needs students of all ages will return to in-class learning on Thursday, December 10, 2020.
British Colombia – Lockdown has expired today.
December 6, 2020
Victoria- Victoria has announced some easing of restrictions that will begin to roll out.
Starting Monday, December 7, 2020, homes in Victoria will be able to have up to 30 visitors per day, and gatherings of up to 100 people will be able to take place outdoors.
Starting January 11, 2021, private sector companies will be able to allow 50% capacity in the workplace. Right now, the capacity stands at 25%.
Public sector employees will continue to work from home. However, this will change on January 11, 2021, where 25% capacity will be allowed in the workplace. On February 8, 2021, this will change to 50% capacity.
Mask wearing in public spaces is still required.
December 3, 2020
Germany announced that restrictions will be extended from December 20, 2020, to January 10, 2021.
Bars and restaurants are to remain closed and rules on social gatherings of 5 people from 2 households remain unchanged. However, rules are expected to be relaxed during Christmas.
December 1, 2020
Starting today, the Dutch government has made masks in public spaces mandatory for those over the age of 13. Those without masks are subject to a fine of 95 euros.
November 30, 2020
Starting today, quarantine measures will be suspended and curfews that have been imposed with towns on the Colombian and Brazilian borders will be lifted.
California– Los Angeles starts a 3-week stay at home order today. The order asks residents to stay at home and wear face masks in public spaces.
November 25, 2020
Starting Thursday, November 26, 2020, Karaoke bars, restaurants, bathhouses, clubs, and other entertainment establishments will be forced to close.
November 24, 2020
British Columbia- British Columbia announced that the lockdown will be extended to December 7, 2020. This includes mandatory masks in pubic indoor spaces as well as limiting social gatherings to the members of one’s household.
November 23, 2020
Starting Thursday, November 26, 2020, Pakistan will close all schools until January 11, 2021. From Thursday to December 24, 2020, home learning will be imposed.
Seoul- Seoul has announced an “emergency period” where more restrictions will be imposed. The new restrictions will go into effect on November 24, 2020.
- Public transportation will run at 20% capacity after 10 pm
- Gatherings are limited to 10 people
- Masks are required for indoor activities
- Schools can operate at 33% capacity
- Restaurants can offer delivery only after 9 pm
California- Starting on November 25, 2020, at 10 pm, restaurants, wineries, breweries, and bars in Los Angeles will be forced to close as COVID-19 cases rise. However, take out, drive-through and deliveries will still be possible.
November 22, 2020
Toronto- Toronto will impose a 28- day lockdown starting Monday, November 23, 2020.
- Indoor gatherings will be limited to members of the same household, outdoor gatherings will be limited to 10 people.
- Retail stores will be able to offer pickup and delivery only, residents will not be able to shop in-store.
- Pharmacies and grocery stores will be able to operate at 50% capacity
The curfew for bars and restaurants will be extended from 10 pm to 11 pm. In addition, more restrictions are expected to be announced Monday, November 23, 2020.
Victoria- Starting tonight, restrictions in Victoria will begin to ease.
- A maximum of 50 people will be allowed at public gatherings
- 150 people will be allowed inside entertainment establishments, such as movie theatres and museums.
- Up to 150 people will be allowed for indoor weddings, funerals, and religious ceremonies.
November 19, 2020
New York- The mayor of New York City announced that starting today, Thursday, November 19, 2020, public schools will be closed due to the rise in infection rate.
Tokyo- Tokyo raised the COVID-19 alert level to the highest level (4). Level 4 alert includes stricter social distancing and mask-wearing, and more limitations on public gatherings.
November 18, 2020
As of November 17, 2020, Austria begins to enforce a stricter lockdown.
- Residents can only leave their homes if they are going to work, shopping for basic necessities, or for seeking medical treatment.
- Grocery stores, pharmacies, and banks will be able to stay open.
- Bars and restaurants will be forced to close
- Schools will move to remote learning.
South Australia– Starting Thursday, November 19, a six-day lockdown will begin for residents in South Australia.
- Residents will have to stay at home
- Masks will be mandatory in public
- Stores, restaurants, and pubs will be closed and will not be allowed to offer take out.
- Travel within the region will be restricted.
After the initial 6 days, an additional 8 days will follow with lessened restrictions.
Montana– A statewide mask mandate was announced. Restaurants and bars can operate at a 50% capacity but must close by 10 pm. In addition, 6 people will be limited per table. Public gatherings will be limited to 25 people.
Ohio- Starting Thursday, November 19, 2020, Ohio will begin to enforce a curfew between the hours of 10 pm and 5 am. This curfew is set to last for 3 weeks.
Illinois- Illinois announced that children will be able to go back to school. Starting January 11, 2021, students from Pre-kindergarten will be able to go back to school. From February 1, 2021, grades Kindergarten- 9th grade will be able to go back to the classroom.
Pennsylvania- Starting Friday, November 20, 2020, Pennsylvania will begin to require out of state travelers to have a negative COVID-19 test before entering the state. This rule will not apply to out of state residents who travel to Pennsylvania for work or medical treatment.
November 17, 2020
Starting Thursday, November 19, 2020, Seoul and surrounding areas must abide to stricter social distancing rules.
Restaurants will be required to install dividers between tables
Bars and wedding venues will be limited to one person per 4 square meters
Israel has announced that children in grades 5-6 will return to in class learning on November 24, and grades 11-12 will return on December 1, 2020.
November 16, 2020
November 16, 2020
The German government will discuss adding new restrictions today. More information to follow once the restrictions are announced.
On Wednesday, November 18, 2020,new restrictions will go in to effect:
- Social gatherings will be limited to 6 people
- Bars and restaurants will only be able to offer delivery or take out.
- Grocery and retail stores will be limited to 75% capacity
- Gyms will be closed
New restrictions starting Monday, November 16, 2020:
Indoor social gatherings will no longer be allowed unless all attendees have been in quarantine for 14 days prior to the gathering or have quarantined for 7 days and have a negative COVID-19 test.
- Outdoor social gatherings will be limited to 5 people
- Restaurants may offer outdoor seating or take out
- Grocery and retail establishments will be limited to 25% capacity.
- Indoor gyms or entertainment establishments will be prohibited.
November 11, 2020
California- Sacramento, Stanislaus and San Diego moved to impose harsher restrictions as COVID-19 cases rise. New restrictions include the closure of non-essential businesses.
Wisconsin– The governor of Wisconsin signed an executive order asking residents to stay home. In addition, he announced that legislation will be introduced to help financially relieve those who have been affected.
November 10, 2020
Victoria announces that parents of 4-year olds will receive free Kindergarten in 2021. The government is planning on spending 169 million AUD in an effort to help parents get back to work.
November 9, 2020
The governor of Utah has declared a state of emergency. In addition, a mask mandate was issued where all Utahns must wear face masks in public, at work, or within 6 feet of others.
British Columbia – In Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraiser Health regions, new restrictions were announced and will be enforced for the next 2 weeks:
- Social engagements with individuals outside of one’s immediate household are to be avoided
- Businesses like gyms or physical fitness establishments must close
- Religious gatherings are limited to 50 people
November 5, 2020
Starting Friday, November 6, 2020, regions Calabria, Lombardy, Piedmont and Valle d’Aosta in Italy will be marked as red zones under the country’s new “traffic light” system. Puglia and Sicily will be marked as orange and the rest of the country yellow. This system will be in place until December 3, 2020.
The traffic light system works as follows:
- Those in zones marked as yellow will be ordered to stay at home from the hours or 10 pm to 5 am.
- Public transportation will work at 50% of the maximum capacity
- Cultural centers such as museums will be closed
- School children over the age of 6 must wear a mask
- Bars and restaurants must close by 6 pm but will be able to offer takeaway and delivery services
- Those living in orange zones will not be able to leave the region, with the exception to work or seeking medical attention.
- Bars and restaurants will be able to offer take out or delivery only.
- People residing in red zones will not be able to leave their place of residence at all
- All shops will be closed, except for those deemed as essential.
The Prime Minister of Greece is expected to announce lockdown measures today as the number of COVID-19 cases has increased.
Kenya has extended its curfew to last until January 3, 2020. Kenyans must remain home from the hours of 10 pm to 4 am.
Restaurants and bars will be forced to close at 9 pm.
November 4, 2020
Starting tomorrow, November 5, 2020, a curfew from 10 pm to 5 am will be imposed. Restaurants will be able to remain open until 6 pm, however, after 6 pm, restaurants will only be allowed to offer take out or delivery. In addition, public transportation will be capped at 50% capacity. Based on region and severity of infections, other restrictions may be imposed.
As of midnight tonight, the UK will go into lockdown.
November 3, 2020
Hungary is considering a second lockdown. A decision is expected to be made within the next few days.
November 1, 2020
From Thursday, November 5, the UK will be going into a 4-week lockdown. Restaurants, pubs, bars, gyms, and all non-essential shops will be closed.
In addition, the wage guarantee that would pay 80% of employees’ wages will be extended until the end of November.
Starting Sunday, November 1, 2020, Belgium will go into a 6-week lockdown and is scheduled to end December 13, 2020. All non-essential establishments will be closed, however, delivery and store pick-up will be possible. Hairdressers, beauticians, and any profession that would require close contact with another individual will also be closed.
From Saturday, October 31, 2020, Monaco began to impose a curfew from the hours of 8 pm to 6 am. The curfew is set to be in place for 1 month.
October 29, 2020
Germany is imposing a 4-week partial lockdown where bars, restaurants, and entertainment facilities such as cinemas and theaters will be closed. Schools and retail shops will remain open. This will go in to effect Monday, November 2, 2020.
Starting Friday, October 30, 2020, France will also begin a second lockdown. One may only leave their home for medical treatment or essential work. All non-essential establishments will be closed, however, factories and schools will remain open.
October 28, 2020
The Czech government has announced that children will not be returning to the classroom on November 2, as expected. In addition, the government has requested that Parliament extend the state of emergency until December 3, 2020.
October 27, 2020
As of Wednesday, October 28, 2020, Russia will begin enforcing a new mask mandate. One will be required to wear a mask in public areas, on public transportation, in parking lots, and on elevators.
In addition, restaurants and bars will be able to be open from the hours of 6 am and 11 pm.
October 26, 2020
Victoria- Starting Wednesday, October 28, 2020, Victoria will begin to ease the lockdown restrictions.
- People will be able to travel 25 kilometers from their place of residence
- Restaurants, bars, and retail stores will be able to open
- Indoor gatherings will be restricted to 20 people, while outdoor gatherings will be restricted to 50
As of yesterday, Spain has declared a “state of emergency.” With exception of the Canary Islands, from Sunday, a curfew will be enforced nationwide where people must be home from the hours of 11 pm to 6 am.
In addition, travel will be restricted and gatherings will be limited to 6 people.
On Saturday, October 24, 2020, new restrictions were implemented. Residents will not be able to leave their homes unless they have a negative COVID-19 test except for the hours between 1 am and 5 am.
Exceptions to this rule are:
- To go get a COVID-19 test
- Food shopping
- Seeking medical care
- Seeking care for a pet or waking a pet within 100 meters of one’s place of residence
- Attending a funeral
- Going to the post office
In addition, all in-class schools will shudder until November 27, 2020, except for nurseries, kindergartens, and up to 4th grade.
October 22, 2020
As of midnight on Saturday, October 24, 2020, a curfew on the region of Lazio will be implemented. the curfew will be from the hours of midnight to 5 am for 30 days and all movement will be restricted, excluding work or health reasons.
Ireland has moved to level 5 that is set to be in effect for the next 6 weeks.
- Except for emergency personnel, everyone is requested to work from home e
- Social gatherings are prohibited, even in one’s home or garden
- Exercise in a park near one’s home is permitted
- Schools and childcare services will remain open
- Bars and restaurants will only be permitted to offer takeout.
Virginia- The new order signed by the governor mandates masks indoors. Violators of this mandate risk a fine of $500 USD.
The governor is expected to sign more orders relating to the COVID-19 response in the coming days.
October 21, 2020
Illinois- Starting Friday, October 23, bars and restaurants in DuPage, Kane, Will, and Kankakee counties will be prohibited from offering indoor service.
In addition, some counties will be prohibited from gatherings of more than 25 people starting Thursday, October 22, 2020.
October 19, 2020
Yesterday, the government of Switzerland announced new restrictions that go into effect today, October 19, 2020:
- Gatherings of more than 15 people in public places are prohibited
- Masks must be worn in all public indoor places. This is an extension of a rule that was put in place earlier this year, where those over 12 years of age must wear a mask on public transportation.
- For private gatherings of 15 people, food may only be consumed while being seated and masks must be worn when standing up. In addition, the contact details of the attendees must be recorded.
- Restaurants, bars, and clubs may only serve food and beverage to seated guests
October 15, 2020
Starting Saturday, October 17, 2020, a curfew in Paris, Aix-en-Provence, Marseille, Grenoble, Montpellier, Toulouse, Saint Etienne, Lille and Lyon will be enforced. The curfew will begin from 9 pm and last till 6 am until further notice. Those found breaking curfew will be subject to a 135 Euro fine.
As of Wednesday, October 14, 2020, Portugal has announced “a state of calamity” and more restrictions are expected to be announced.
October 13, 2020
Starting Wednesday, October 14, new restrictions in the Czech Republic will be enforced.
- Masks in public places will now be mandatory
- Gatherings will be limited to 6 people
- Bars and restaurants will be forced to close
- Office hours for public places will be limited to 5 hours a day, two days a week
The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom announced that assistance will be expanded for businesses that were affected by COVID-19, granting 2/4 of wages (capped at 3,000 GBP) per month.
In places where the alert level is ‘very high’ which from tomorrow will include Liverpool will face extra restrictions, such as the closure of pubs, bars, and gyms. These measures will be re-evaluated in 4 weeks.
October 12, 2020
South Korea has loosened social distancing measures to Level 1:
- There are no limits on indoor or outdoor gatherings, however, bars and clubs will be obliged to only allow 1 person for every 4 square meters
- Facemasks are required. As of November 13, 2020, a fine of 100,000 KRW will be issued to those in violation of this rule.
- Schools will operate at 2/3 capacity, however, may be adjusted by region based on the infection rate.
- Places of worship will be allowed to run at 30% capacity
Restrictions for Seoul will still have higher restrictions as the infection rate is higher.
Israel’s lockdown has been extended to October 18, 2020. In addition, the Health Ministry has unveiled a 4-month plan that will slowly ease the lockdown restrictions. The plan proposes target dates of when more restrictions will be lifted, however, may be adjusted based on the number of positive tests. The first stage will begin October 18, 2020, but is contingent on the number of new cases to be less than 2,000.
October 8, 2020
Delhi – In an attempt to curb the economic blow due to COVID-19, restrictions on restaurant operations have been lifted. Restaurants will be able to operate 24 hours a day.
New restrictions are expected to be announced next week as the UK has been experiencing a continued spike in infections.
Washington, D.C., United States
The mayor of Washington D.C has extended the emergency health order to December 31, 2020.
October 7, 2020
New York, United States
Hotspot areas where there is a rise in COVID-19 cases will see a tightening of restrictions which include the closing of schools and businesses with the exception of take out food services. In addition, gatherings will be limited to 25% of total occupancy for houses of worship or capped at 10 people.
Wisconsin, United States
The governor of Wisconson issued an order that limits occupancy of a room to 25%.
The Israeli government has extended the emergency lockdown to October 13, 2020. Measures include the limit of gatherings to 20 people and the inability to travel more than 1 kilometer with the exception of for getting food, medical reasons, or going to work.
October 5, 2020
As of 10 pm October 2, 2020, Madrid has gone into lockdown and will be required to stay at home, except for going to work, going to classes, or legal proceedings. In addition, restaurants and bars will be allowed 50% capacity but must close by 11 pm and indoor and outdoor gatherings will be limited to 6 people.
Starting today, October 5, 2020, Moscow will begin to enforce companies to allow at least 30% of their workforce to work remotely. In addition, those over the age of 65 will need to isolate. Lastly, more restrictions are expected to be announced as the infection rate has increased.
As the infection rate has risen in the UK, the Prime Minister has announced that they will need to consider tighter restrictions if the rate continues to rise.
September 29, 2020
Israel has announced that the government does not see the possibility of the current lockdown to last as initially planned and will have no choice but to extend it. On Wednesday, September 30, the coronavirus cabinet will convene to discuss, among other things, a gradual lifting of the current restrictions from the current lockdown.
Victoria – In Victoria, lockdown rules will begin to be lifted. This will include the return to school for primary schools and harsher rules on mask-wearing, changes in workplace rules will be relaxed to allow some to go back to work, and more non-urgent medical care will be able to take place face to face. In addition, the Prime Minister has announced that they will no longer follow dates to mark important benchmarks, but rather on COVID-19 target case numbers. In addition, the curfew in Melbourne will be lifted at 5 am on Monday.
The governor of California has recently signed 3 new bills:
- AB 1867 – This bill grants all employees who have been exposed or have tested positive with COVID-19 paid sick leave for the remainder of 2020. This bill also aims to cover those who are not covered by the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act. To be eligible:
- Employee must be required to leave their home for work
- The employee must have been subject to federal or state quarantine or self-isolation due to COVID-19 or must have been advised by a healthcare professional to quarantine or self-isolate
- The employer has prohibited the employee to work due to concerns relating to the transmission of COVID-19
Full-time employees are entitled to 80 hours (2 weeks) of paid sick leave. Sick pay is paid at the rate of either the employee’s regular pay rate or the minimum wage, however, is capped at 511 USD per day (5,110 USD total). This supplemental sick leave is in addition to any paid regular sick leave.
In addition, this new bill would allow for the California Labor Commission to investigate violations and fine employers who do not give sufficient paid sick leave.
- B. 1159- The new bill refers to worker’s compensation due to illness or death that result from COVID-19. This would also cover an employee who tests positive for COVID-19 in the event of a workplace outbreak. This new bill would make it easier for employees to claim worker’s compensation and put the burden of proof on the employer.
- B. 685- This bill requires employers to notify employees who have been exposed to COVID-19 in the workplace within 1 business day. In addition, the employer has 48 hours to notify public health officials when the number of infected is considered an outbreak. This law will also gives authority to California Division of Occupational Safety and Health to shut down a workplace if it is believed that there is risk.
September 22, 2020
The Israeli government has announced an aid package plan worth 10.5 billion NIS to assist with businesses that have seen a 25% loss of revenue due to COVID-19. This aid will assist with grants to help small businesses retain their employees, assist with business expenses. Once more information is published regarding how this plan will be executed, we will update this post.
September 21, 2020
The New Zealand government has moved to Level Alert 1 for most of the country except for Auckland. On September 23rd, Auckland will move to Level Alert 2, which allows for social gatherings of up to 100 people.
September 16, 2020
Starting this month, the social security contributions in Thailand will be reduced to help ease employer and employee hardships due to COVID-19. The reduction in the contributions will last for 3 months, and both the employer and employee social security contributions will be 2%.
September 15, 2020
Since Monday, Austria has begun to tighten restrictions as they have seen a surge in infections. Face masks must be worn in all public indoor areas. In addition, events or gatherings with more than 50 people in a closed space is not allowed.
September 14, 2020
As of September 18, 2020, Israel will impose a 3- week nationwide lockdown where one will not be able to venture further than 500 meters from one’s place of residence, unless for the purpose of medical services and essential things such as food and medicine.
The government has announced an extension of the JobKeeper Payment and will take effect on September 28, 2020.
In order to receive this benefit from September 28th to March 28th, 2021, businesses and non-profits will be required to undergo a re-evaluation for eligibility for this benefit and will need to show that they have had a decline in turnover for the 2020 Q3.
The JobKeeper payment rates are as follows:
From September 28, 2020- January 3, 2021- The payment rate every two weeks will be 1,200 AUD for employees whose previous 4 pay periods worked an average of more than 20 hours per week and 750 AUD for employees who worked less than an average of 20 hours per week.
From January 4, 2021- March 28, 2021- The payment rate every two weeks will be 1,000 AUD every two weeks for employees whose previous 4 pay periods worked an average of more than 20 hours per week and 650 AUD for employees who worked less than 20 hours per week on average.
September 13, 2020
As of Monday, September 14th, there will be a ban on meetings of more than 6 people. This rule, known as “the rule of six” applies to both indoor and outdoor settings. For those who break this rule, a fine of 100 GBP will be issued and will double each time for repeat offenders up to 3,200 GBP. Households with more than 6 people are exempt from this rule.
In Ontario, the government has announced that the Infections Disease Emergency Leave Regulation (IDEL) measures will be extended to January 2, 2021. Any non-unionized employee who has a temporary reduction of work hours between March 1, 2020, to January 2, 2021, will be on job-protected IDEL leave.
September 2, 2020
As the temporary Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) is expiring, 3 new benefits are being introduced on September 27th and will available for 1 year to use:
- The Canada Recovery Benefit- This benefit provides up to 400 CAD per week for up to 26 weeks for those who are not eligible for unemployment insurance (self-employed and gig workers). To be eligible:
- Must be at least 15 years old with a valid Social Insurance Number
- Stopped working due to COVID-19 and are looking for work or have experienced a reduction in income due to the pandemic
- Were employed or self-employed in 2019 and 2020 and income was at least 5,000 CAD
To receive this benefit, a person must apply every 2 weeks to show that they continue to meet the eligibility requirements. In addition, those receiving their benefit will need to repay some of the benefit back through income tax returns if the annual net income is over 38,000 CAD.
- Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit- This benefit will provide 500 CAD a week for up to 2 weeks. This benefit will be available to those who are ill or must isolate due to COVID-19. This benefit is for:
- Residents who are at least 15 years old and hold a valid Social Insurance Number
- Employees who have earned at least 5,000 CAD in 2019 or in 2020
Employees will not be required to provide a medical certificate to receive this benefit but cannot receive other medical benefits at the same time and would have to have missed at least 60% of their scheduled work. In addition, the employee will have to apply for this benefit once a week to ensure eligibility. Lastly, this benefit is also taxable.
- Canada Recovery Care Benefit- This benefit will be available for 1 year and will allow eligible recipients 500 CAD for up to 26 weeks. The goal of this benefit is to assist employees who are unable to work due to school closures and the need to provide care for a child. To be eligible:
- Must be a Canadian resident and must be at least 15 years old with a valid Social Insurance Number
- Must be employed or self-employed
- Earned at least 5,000 CAD in 2019 or 2020
- Have had a reduction in work time by 60% due to caring for a child under the age of 12 or caring for a family member with a disability due to the closure of a school the child being high risk in contracting COVID-19, or their usual caregiver is unavailable due to COVID-19.
Employees will need to apply after the period in which they must take off and two members in the same household cannot be the recipient of the benefit at the same time.
August 27, 2020
Brazil’s salary reduction program (Emergency Employment and Income Preservation Benefit) has been extended for another two months to guarantee it lasts until 2021.
The program allows for companies to suspend contracts or negotiate salary and wage reductions by up to 70% for a period of up to 6 months. During this time, the Federal government assists by supplementing workers’ income up to the limit for unemployment insurance (R $ 1,813).
August 17, 2020
As Auckland has seen a rise in COVID-19 cases, the alert level has risen to 3, which means that employees are encouraged to work from home. Travel inside of Auckland has been restricted.
In addition, the government just announced that the September 17th national elections would be postponed by 4 weeks to October 19, 2020.
On August 14th, the government announced restrictions on movement and social gatherings in parts of northern England. In addition, there is a ban on indoor gatherings or gatherings of mixed households, even if there is an open backyard that is still in place.
August 10, 2020
On August 8, 2020, the President of the United States signed an executive order to defer certain payroll taxes (Social Security and Medicare) from September 1, 2020, to December 31, 2020.
Any worker whose wages are less than 4,000 USD in any bi-weekly pay period would be eligible to defer their employee contributions without penalty.
We will keep this post updated when more information is published.
August 3, 2020
As of August 2, 2020, Melbourne has entered into a state of disaster, and stricter restrictions will be imposed:
- From 8 PM- 5 AM, those living in Melbourne will be under curfew, with exception of medical workers and caregivers.
- Exercise will be limited to 1 hour a day and must be within 5 kilometers of one’s home. Group exercise will be limited to 2 people.
- Shopping is limited to 1 person per day, per household, and also must be done within 5 kilometers of one’s home.
- From Wednesday, August 3, weddings cannot take place.
- University studies must be done remotely. School-age children will be permitted to go to school on Mondays and learn remotely on Wednesdays. There are exceptions for vulnerable students
These changes are set to expire Sunday, September 13, 2020.
July 29, 2020
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
From the 1st of July, employers can begin to reinstate their furloughed employees and apply for a grant that would pay for a portion of the employee’s wages for hours not worked. The employees can return to work with no limitation to time and shifts arrangements and will still be able to receive Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) for the hours not worked. Only employers who were previously awarded grants for furloughed employees are eligible. The furloughs had to be between March 1 and June 30, 2020.
For June, and July, employers are able to receive a grant of 80% of employee wages from the government, capped at 2,500 GBP. In addition, national insurance and pension contributions will be paid by the government. This amount will be determined by the percentage of hours the employee is placed on furlough.
For August, the government will pay 80% of the employee’s wages (capped at 2,500 GBP) for the hours that the employee is furloughed, and the employer will be responsible for paying the national insurance and pension contributions.
For September, the government will pay up to 70% of wages, capped at 2,187.50 GBP for hours that the employee is on furlough, and the employer will pay the employee for hours worked. Employers will also be responsible for paying national insurance and pension contributions so that the total wages received during furlough equals 80% (capped at 2,500 GBP)
For October, the government will cover 60% of wages, capped at 1,875 GBP for the hours the employee is on furlough. It will be the employer’s responsibility to pay national insurance and pension contributions so that the employee received 80% of their wages (capped at 2,500 GBP)
This scheme is set to end October 31, 2020.