On 23 March 2020, the President of South Africa announced a nationwide lock-down. According to the order, individuals will not be allowed to leave their homes except under strict circumstances, such as to seek medical care, buy food and other essential supplies, or collect a social grant.
For public and private employers, OSHA has developed Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 that is advisory in nature and should be used to help identify possible work-related exposure and health risks and to determine which control measures are most appropriate to implement in the workplace.
Turkey suspended collective mosque prayers until further notice to limit the spread of the new coronavirus while ordering the closure of public spaces including cinemas.
On March 16, 2020 the Federal Council classified the situation in Switzerland as an ‘extraordinary situation’ according to the Epidemic Act and many restrictions were applied.
The Spanish Government, by means of Royal Decree 463/2020, is trying to contain and limit the spread of COVID-19.
Employers are required to undertake sanitary procedures and cleanliness measures for the workplaces including regular cleaning and sterilizing of desktops, phones, and keyboards as well as promoting and encouraging regular hand washing by employees.
On March 12, the Council of Ministers issued a Communiqué on extraordinary measures to respond to the epidemic of the new coronavirus in which the Government declared a ‘State of Alert’ until April 9.
On March 15, the Minister of Interior announced that, starting March 16, Germany will close its borders with Austria, Denmark, France, Luxembourg and Switzerland. These travel restrictions should not create any impacts for facilities.