Government Measures Worldwide in Response to COVID-19

COVID-19 Update

Date: April 13, 2020

As countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, business operations must adapt to changing rules and new restrictions. We are teaming with a group of international law firms to provide and regularly update a chart compiling key measures implemented by countries around the world.

Our chart addresses:

  • Economic measures, including loan facilities, tax deferrals, stimulus offerings and similar actions.
  • Labor and employment and employee benefit measures.
  • Health and safety measures, including travel restrictions, business and other closures, and essential business categories.
  • Export and import developments, including new restrictions on the export of personal protective equipment (PPE) and medicine and reductions on import duties.

The summary is not intended as legal advice but as a practical resource for companies adapting to the global pandemic.

The chart includes information on the following countries: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, the Eurasian Economic Union, the European Union, France, Germany, Guatemala, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Thailand, the United Kingdom, the United States, Vietnam and Turkey.

This project is possible because of our teaming firms, including:

McCullough Robertson (Australia); NautaDutilh (Belgium and the Netherlands); De Vivo, Whitaker e Castro Advogados (Brazil); Fasken (Canada); Carey (Chile); JunHe LLP (China); Arias Law (Panama, Guatemala and Costa Rica); ALRUD Law Firm (Russia); Burges Salmon LLP (UK); CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats (France); P+P Pöllath + Partners (Germany); Herzog, Fox & Neeman (Israel); Tokyo International Law Office (Japan); Santamarina + Steta (Mexico); SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (Philippines); PETERKA & PARTNERS (Poland); ENSafrica (South Africa); Gómez-Acebo & Pombo (Spain); Tilleke & Gibbins (Thailand and Vietnam); Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur (Turkey); and JSA Advocates & Solicitors (India).


For more information, please contact:

David M. Schwartz
Partner, International Trade

Francesca M.S. Guerrero
Partner, International Trade

Samir D. Varma
Partner, International Trade

Joyce Rodriguez
Associate, International Trade

Scott E. Diamond*
Senior Legislative & Regulatory Policy Advisor, International Trade
*Not licensed to practice law.

Additional Resources

Thompson Hine’s multidisciplinary COVID-19 Task Force is monitoring the latest developments and guidance from public health officials and assessing the potential impacts on our clients and their businesses. The COVID-19 Task Force page on our website provides a centralized location for recent publications, webinars, articles and resources that you may find helpful.

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