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US - ALABAMA: The “Safer at Home” order begun on 30th April and will run until May 15th. Under the new order, businesses may open subject to sanitation and social-distancing guidelines, though certain higher-risk businesses and activities will remain closed. All retail stores can reopen subject to a 50 percent occupancy rate limit in addition to social-distancing and sanitation rules. Beaches will reopen but with a ban on any gatherings of 10 people or more and with the required separation of six feet.
• US - ARIZONA: On April 30th, Governor Doug Ducey announced that the state’s stay-at-home order would be extended to May 15th, with modifications. A new “Stay home, Stay healthy, Stay connected” policy will allow retailers not classified as an essential business to operate beginning May 4th through delivery service and other means that do not entail in-store sales. On May 8th, non-essential retailers can sell items to customers in-store.
• US - FLORIDA: Governor DeSantis announced certain businesses across the state can reopen on May 4th. Restaurants and retail spaces can admit customers but only at 25% capacity, and people must adhere to social distancing guidelines.
• US - INDIANA: Governor Holcomb announced that phase two of his plan to reopen the state would begin May 4th for most counties. Under phase two, limited types of retail and commercial businesses can operate at 50% capacity and mall common areas can have 25% capacity. Masks are recommended in public and when around other people. Phase two will begin later for the following counties: Marion (May 11th), Lake (May 11th) and Cass (May 18th). Churches may reopen statewide on May 8th following social distancing guidelines.
• US - KANSAS: Governor Kelly announced that phase one of her plan to reopen the state would begin May 4th. Under phase one, limited types of businesses will be allowed to reopen if social distancing and cleaning can be followed, and mass gatherings of more than 10 will be prohibited.
• US - KENTUCKY: Governor Andy Beshear announced that car dealerships, construction, and pet grooming businesses may reopen on May 11th. Horse racing will also return to Churchill Downs, but without visitors. On May 20th, retail shops and churches may reopen with social distancing guidelines in place. On May 25th, salons and barbershops may reopen, and social gatherings of up to ten people can take place.
• US - LOUISIANA: Governor John Bel Edwards extended the state’s stay-at-home order until May 15th.
• US - NEVADA: Governor Steve Sisolak extended the state’s stay-at-home order until May 15th. As from May 1st, all retail businesses have been allowed to operate under curbside commerce models, drive-in services are being permitted for places of worship so long as people remain in their vehicles and social distancing is maintained, and restrictions will be relaxed on outdoor activities.
• US - NEW JERSEY: As from May 2nd state parks and forests have been reopened and county parks and golf courses have reopened under restrictions.
• US - NEW YORK: As from May 1st the state’s schools and colleges remain closed for the remainder of the academic year and will continue distance learning. A decision on summer school will be announced at the end May.
• US - NORTH DAKOTA: As from May 1st, businesses and restaurants began reopening under detailed operating protocols varying by industry.
• US - PENNSYLVANIA: As from May 1st, Governor Wolf announced 24 counties in the northwest and north-central regions of the state could move to a reopening phase on May 8th. Guidance for businesses permitted to reopen on May 8th will be announced on May 4th.
• US - SOUTH DAKOTA: Governor Kristi Noem has encouraged schools and businesses to allow limited gatherings but cautioned people to continue to maintain social distancing. She advised businesses to open while taking precautions including temperature checks.
• US - TENNESSEE: Mayor Cooper extended Nashville’s Safer at Home Order until at least Friday, May 8th. All non-essential businesses must remain closed. Residents must also wear a mask or face covering and maintain six feet of separation from others when in public.
• US - WASHINGTON: Governor Inslee extended the state’s stay-at-home order through May 31st.
• US - WEST VIRGINIA: “Week 1” businesses in the state’s strategic reopening plan resumed operations on April 30th. If the state sees three consecutive days of positive cases below 3%, “week 2” reopening will begin May 4th.
• US - WYOMING: Barbershops, nail salons, and gyms reopened with specific restrictions on May 1st.
• Mexico: Mexico’s economic activity dropped 1.6% in the first quarter compared to the final three months of 2019, plunging the country deeper into a recession that predated the pandemic, according to a report released Thursday by INEGI, the government statistical agency. Federal government has confirmed that all municipalities with no COVID 19 cases will slowly return to normal activities on May 17th.
• Brazil: Possible quarantine extension in Sao Paulo with more restriction due to the increasing cases, was decreed the first lockdown in Brasil ( Maranhão State – including specifically 04 cities – for ten days).
• Peru: An increase in COVID cases of 9% but so far, no lockdown announcement has been made. Government-approved 25% amount for collection on the retirement fund.
• Hong Kong: The Government will roll out a scheme soon to exempt business people with manufacturing activities on the Mainland from the compulsory quarantine, provided they have a genuine need to make cross-boundary trips in the interest of Hong Kong's economic development. Furthermore, Hong Kong has adopted a phased approach in assisting the return of the first batch of about 300 residents stranded in Pakistan on 30 April.
• Korea: The Korean Government has decided to extend its social distancing campaign which was introduced 22 March until 6 May and stressed the importance of this measure to further contain COVID19 at stable pace. KCDC also pointed out that even though the number of new confirmed cases has been small recently , loosened social distancing could result in an increase of contacts, which in turn lead to rapid surge of confirmed cases. Nightlife and entertainment venues are recommended to refrain from operating as much as possible. All schools have been now implementing virtual online class to maintain social distancing and continue efforts to prevent further infection as much as possible since April and official announcement specifying the date of a school opening for students bringing back to the class will be made early May.
• Japan: Japan Central Government will decide the extension of the nationwide State of Emergency on 4 May. Government advises to stay home and reduce people contacts including commutes. The Government has been finalizing the relief measures to support business and people livelihoods for sustainability including cash handout to citizen amid the Pandemic. Apart from outlets for necessities, majority of retailers remain closed upon the State of Emergency.
• New Zealand: New Zealand moved back down to level 3 (from level 4) lockdown on April 27. Alert level 3 will be held for two weeks and then Cabinet will assess whether to move down another level.
• Australia: The Australian Border Force (ABF) has released Australian Customs Notice No. 2020/20 which provides a Free rate of customs duty for the period of 1 February 2020 to 31 July 2020 for hygiene or medical products imported to treat, diagnose or prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
• India: India has extended the nationwide lockdown for a further two weeks. It was set to end May 3 but now it has been extended to May 17. The extension will however see some relaxations which will be regulated based on the spread of the virus in the districts, identified as red (hotspot), green and orange zones.
• Hungary: The Corona peak expected by 30 April . There will now be a gradual reopening. In the first phase, stores smaller than 400 square metres that are currently closed could reopen early in May to be followed gradually by cafés and restaurants, while commercial accommodations may be allowed to reopen. Larger general stores selling household goods, units of chains typically found in malls, and major furniture or sports retail units could be allowed to fully reopen by the end of May, depending on how Hungary's healthcare situation develops after the pandemic peaks. Major events including fairs and festivals will not be held before the end of the summer months.
In addition, the current time window of 9-12 a.m. reserved for citizens above 65 to do their shopping will be reduced to two hours and will end earlier. Masks are mandatory in Budapest on public transport andshops.
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China: Wuhan government has started to work with online platforms to offer a total of 2.3 billion yuan in coupons from April 19 to July 31 to stimulate its consumer market, with 500 million yuan from the municipal government. Effective from 20 APR, Beijing will allow commuters from the neighbouring regions of Hebei province and Tianjin to apply for the health status of "no sign of abnormality" in its health mini-program to facilitate their commute.
• US - FLORIDA: Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties all have issued orders asking residents and visitors to cover their faces when they're shopping in supermarkets or other businesses. People working in those businesses also are required to wear masks, although Broward's order specifically exempts anyone who has trouble breathing and children younger than 2. Osceola County officials are also now requiring their residents to wear masks in public.
• US - HAWAII: On April 20, Governer David Ige ordered customers and employees at essential businesses to wear cloth face coverings. These measures are in addition to orders requiring six feet of distance and limiting the number of customers allowed in an establishment.
• US - INDIANA: On April 20, Governor Holcomb extended the statewide stay-at-home order to May 1. Holcomb has received input from the business sector on plans to reopen some businesses safely in the next few weeks. Supply chain operations have been deemed an essential business and will remain open.
• US - MASSACHUSETTS: On April 16, The City of Northampton's Public Health Director, Merridith O'Leary, issued orders establishing that all consumers and employees must wear face coverings at all times when social distancing cannot be maintained, at any businesses providing essential services.
• US - MISSISSIPPI: On April 17, Governor Tate Reeves extended his state-wide stay-at-home order until April 27. This order still requires the closure of non-essential businesses. Supply chain companies are designated an essential business.
• US - PENNSYLVANIA: On April 20, Governor Tom Wolf extended the state's stay-at-home order to May 8. On May 8, Pennsylvania will allow limited construction projects to resume. Transportation and warehousing services may still remain open. As of April 19, essential businesses must provide masks for their employees and require them to wear the masks, according to the order from Pennsylvania's Department of Health. Customers at these businesses must wear masks while on the premises or be denied entry.
• US - WISCONSIN: On April 16, Governor Tony Evers extended the state-wide stay-at-home order to May 26. All non-essential businesses will be required to remain closed.
• Canada: Canada & US border have agreed to extend the border closure by another 30 days to until 20-May-2020. Both countries recognize the critical necessity to preserve the supply chains between the countries. Hence have reiterated that supply chains will not be impacted by government measures.
• Mexico: USA and Mexico announced restrictions at the border for non-essential transit will be extended for 30 more days up to May 30th, legal trade is still allowed with no restriction. Jalisco State Governor announced mandatory quarantine as from today, and only essential activities will be allowed for the next 15 days as an effort to contain COVID 19. Health Ministry announced that over one thousand municipalities in Mexico (out of 2464 less than 50 will return to normal activities in two weeks since no case have been reported so far.
• Peru: May will be the month when the President expects a slow reactivation of the economy. Many sectors will be activated with direct impact on necessary products and services.
• Colombia: The Government extend the national quarantine until May 11th, however with the purpose of activating the economy it will take the following measures planning an intelligent preventive isolation from April 27th: 3 sectors will be able to work with restrictions: Agricultural ▪ Construction ▪ Manufacturing: E-commerce is allowed; however, however this may change in case of need.
• Spain: The daily confirmed cases are in a stabilization phase. Since last week, non-essential services that were stopped by the royal decree have been able to return to work and limited walks for children under 12 are planned from 27 April.
• Poland: The general movement ban has been lowered from this week. Entrance to parks and forests has been reopened, and people over the age of 13 can go out alone (up to now only adults can do it). The limit on the number of people who can be at the same time in shops and churches is also increased.
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Hong Kong is to extend its compulsory quarantine orders to more countries on 14 March. The local authority will include those, citizens and non-citizens, who have travelled to anywhere in Italy as well as France, Germany, Spain and Japan. Travellers from South Korea, northern Italy and Iran are affected by current quarantine orders. The affected travellers will be isolated in designated quarantine centres and not at home.
Japan announced to close all schools until later in March due to the coronavirus. As a consequence, many companies are preparing to have their employees partly working at home during this period.
Japan has begun suspending major public gatherings to counter the spread of Covid-19 as the number of new cases rises quickly and makes the country one of the biggest sites of infection outside China. U.S. raises travel alert to Japan as new coronavirus spreads via unknown infection routes. So far this has no impact on GEODIS’ operations.
Italy confirmed a sharp increase of infections over the weekend, the highest number in Europe. As a consequence the government imposed quarantines on different cities in Northern Italy, close to Milano and Venice. A few of our employees are affected as they cannot leave the established “red zones” to get to work. Nevertheless, so far there is no impact on GEODIS’ operations.
South Korea raised the national threat level to the highest category, due to the increased number of infections. Public and school holidays have been extended into the first week of March, schools remain closed in several areas and companies have closed or slowed-down operations. Six countries have banned the entry of foreigners who have visited South Korea in the last 14 days. 15 countries have now imposed travel restrictions on South Korea. GEODIS is taking stringent measures to respond to the recent outbreak in South Korea. GEODIS' staff are preparing to work from home yet remain connected remotely to provide updates on their safety status and continuous service as far as possible. Iran’s authorities reacted to the increased local infection numbers by closing several public services including some schools and universities. For the moment, the latest outbreak in Iran does not further affect other countries in the region, however there is an increased risk of possible impacts on supply chain activities in the Middle East region.
Hubei province (Wuhan) has announced that except for enterprises related to national interest or people's livelihood, other enterprises (such as GEODIS) should not open up before 10 March. First working day is 11 March.