Since April 2020, we have collaborated with our foreign law firm partners to provide a chart of economic, labor and employment, health and safety, and export and import measures taken by governments around the world in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We will not provide regular updates to this chart (until further notice) but please feel free to contact us or the firms listed on the chart directly with any questions.
This update includes new information through the first week of August 2020 for Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Philippines, Poland, Russia, South Korea, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States. The updates are in bold on the chart for ease of reference.
In the Americas and Europe, July’s changes involve the easing of stricter health and safety measures including curfews, stay-at-home orders and domestic travel restrictions. In Europe, it appears that restrictions on public gatherings are being lifted. However, mandates to wear face masks in public indoor spaces and on public transportation have continued. In the United States, states and counties continue to differ on business closures and reopenings as well as face mask requirements. In Asia, governments continue to lift lockdown measures and to implement technology-based health measures such as temperature checks and contact tracing applications.
Most governments have used a phased approach to reopening businesses previously closed due to the pandemic and continue to maintain new export controls and import facilitation measures involving COVID-19-related health and medical goods. In recent months, the EU and United States have narrowed their export control measures to more accurately reflect domestic need.
Please see our Trump and Trade Update of April 7 for a discussion of this initiative.