Biuromax is present in 42 countries around the globe. This is why we feel that the situation in each of these countries concerns us as well. This is a report on the economic and social situation in several European countries. It was created based on information received from our co-workers:

POLAND

We return to normality, slowly but with optimism: shopping malls, hotels, kindergartens and nurseries have been opened to a limited extent, we are soon opening primary schools and partly restaurants; Many employees return to their offices, the traffic on the city streets increases every day. Of course, as recommended by the authorities, we wear masks, gloves and keep social distance.

CZECH REPUBLIC

The situation in the country is quickly returning to normal. Employees are working remotely (from home) to a large extent. There are plans to return to the office soon. In our industry, we are observing a decline in demand up to even 50% (printing is limited). Despite that, optimism is visible. One can travel freely – both around the country and abroad. Further shops and services are being opened – restaurants and the biggest shopping centres will be open from May 25th. Universities and senior grades of secondary schools will also be opened. In mid-May they will be joined by primary schools. The obligation to wear masks is maintained. The number of infected persons is very low – less than 8 thousand. There are also very few coronavirus victims – a little more than 250.

GEORGIA

From April 27 began the first stage of exiting the restrictions caused by coronavirus. From May 5, it is possible to move between cities, but the capital cities of Tbilisi and Rustavi remain closed, ID cards and medical checks are in force at the entrance to the other cities 

You can move by car, but public transport including the metro does not work. Trains, buses, planes - suspended. Interesting fact Turkish Airlines has published that Georgia will be one of the first countries to which their planes will fly. And TA plan to resume flights from mid-June; 

Online stores (wholesale and retail) and courier companies started working. Public administration and offices remain closed. It is expected that restrictions will be completely lifted only on July 6 in 6 stages, each stage will be implemented every 2 weeks.

The state of emergency in the country until May 22. Face masks are only valid in public places, curfew from 21:00 to 06:00. Elderly people (over 70 years old) not allowed to leave the house, except for a doctor, pharmacy, shop. 615 people were infected, 9 died

MOLDOVA

A state of emergency has been declared from March until May 15th. 90% of companies are closed. Starting from April 27th, civil servants resumed work. A relaxation of the existing restrictions is expected at the end of May beginning of June.

BELARUS

Formally, there is no quarantine in the country. The companies that are able to do so operate remotely. Shops and schools are open. The society fears the epidemic, employees go on leaves. The true scale of the disease is being concealed, because there are no instruments to fight the virus. Official number of registered deaths in the country caused by COVID-19 is 107. 

BALTIC COUNTRIES

Preliminarily the quarantine is to remain in force until May 15th. At the same day Baltic states are about to open their internal borders for free movement of their citizens. Most companies work remotely or in on-duty mode. An optimistic sentiment prevails among the clients – they expect to resume normal working mode soon. Latvia is in the best shape, with the least reported infections and only 18 dead. (as at 07/05/2020) When it comes to economic governance, Baltic countries usually follow the example of Scandinavian countries, so they do not introduce far-reaching restrictions.

As of today, 4062 people in Baltic countries have fallen ill:

Lithuania - infected 1,433 people, 164,000 examined, 49 people died; Lithuanian citizens can travel abroad from May 4;

Latvia - infected 909 people, examined 71 thousand, 18 people died;

Estonia - infected 1720 people, examined 60 thousand, 56 people died;

From May 11th, Polish citizens can enter Lithuania without a 2-week quarantine, but only for work, study or business purposes. From May 15th, they lift restrictions on citizens of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia for travel between Baltic countries, but if the citizens of these countries return from travel from third countries, they will be quarantined;

UKRAINE

The restrictions were temporarily prolonged until May 22ndth. Many employees do not work and are on unpaid leave. Those who do work, partially run the state facilities. As health care is underfunded, it is not coping with the high number of infected persons (many Ukrainian medics left for Italy to help out in hospitals there).

SPAIN

The state of emergency is in force until May 24.th Most our clients work from home – many of them on a half-time basis or within ERTE (government support in the form of 70% of the employees’ salary). In these cases, only the company owner is present in the office. Orders in the printer industry have dropped by ca. 70-80%. In the social sphere, the restrictions are being slowly lifted. Form April 27th, children under the age of 14 are allowed to go for a short walk (1 hour a day, between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.) with a guardian, close to their place of residence (up to 1 km from home). From May 18th Madrid stops the distribution of fast food for minors (agree with Telepizza, Rodilla y Viena Capellanes) in the coronavirus crisis. The Andalusian Government proposed next May 25 as the date for the reopening of the beaches, the Costa del Sol, flagship of tourism in the community. The management has presented a report detailing its recipe for the sector to emerge from the crisis generated due to the coronavirus pandemic.

PORTUGAL

The state of emergency(after 45 days of quarantine) was lifted 3rd of May. It doesn’t mean end of control and some restrictions remain in place. On May 18 opening of stores, restaurants, cultural spaces with limited number of visitors is planned. Probably on May 18 schools will be partially opened. Most employees still work remotely. Some companies have suspended their activities. The Portuguese market is experiencing steep declines when it comes to sales and technical service of printers and laser copiers. On the other hand, our experts are noting a significant increase in demand for printer inks.

BOSNIA AND SERBIA

A curfew (from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m.) is in force in both countries. Persons over the age of 65 (in rural areas the limit is 70) are not allowed to walk the streets – as well as youth under the age of 18. Public transportation is suspended.

CROATIA

Further industries and companies are opening up. 

Internal movement continued from May 17. Apart from the consequences of the coronavirus epidemic, central Croatia is still suffering from the effects of the earthquake that hit this country a month ago. Aftershocks still continue.

SLOVENIA

Further industries and companies are opening up.

UNITED KINGDOM

The restrictions in force in the UK remain unchanged and there is no set date of lifting them. 25% of companies are at risk of bankruptcy. According to statistical data, the spectre of a greatest crisis since 1920s is looming over the country. In our industry, the servicemen visit our key clients only in very urgent cases. The inhabitants are only allowed to leave their homes one time per day, to do shopping.

ROMANIA

An emergency state has been declared in the country until May 15th. Until that time, only persons who have filled out a form containing information on their occupation are allowed to leave home. People are only permitted to go out for urgent everyday shopping, to buy medicine and perform agricultural work. Most companies are closed or their employees perform some of their duties remotely. Meetings and group events have been suspended for some months. After May 15th, the obligation to wear masks shall remain in force until the end of 2020.

FRANCE

The restrictions in the country are to remain in force until May 11th. Companies with no direct or indirect ties to the food and health industries were asked to close their businesses. Employees are not working – they are on so-called partial unemployment, during which they receive 80% of their remuneration.

ITALY

From 4 May the new rules for the reopening of production activities and for travel will come into force. Displacements are for now only possible within regional borders and between towns in the same region. Travel is possible after filling a new special form/declaration. Gradual restart of production activities; factory, offices and shops will have to observe strict hygiene rules. The obligation of the masks remains in force.

BULGARIA

Measures changed since over a week now, parks and open space is open and people are encouraged to take walks and remain active. On Monday, the rules about carrying masks were loosen and people are allowed to be without masks and gloves in open space, the requirements now apply only for closed spaces, public transport and shops. Urgent situation remains until 13th May. Changes are due to be voted in parliament officially 8th of May.

From today, the restrictions regarding leaving the city borders only with special declaration proving the trip is work related and all check-up points are cancelled. Travelling within the country is now allowed. Restaurants open the terraces and open space for clients. Schools will come back in September, exception are main exams which will take place in June.

GREECE AND CYPRUS

On April 28, the Greek government announced a gradual easing of restrictions. From May 4, the necessity to send sms with the reason for leaving the house has been abolished, restrictions on movement are also to be partly lifted.

In the period from 4 to 18 May you will be able to move within the provinces. About 10% of companies will resume their activities. Hair and beauty salons, small shops, bookstores, and art stores will be opened. electronic and sports and garden centers, as well as administration offices. A gradual resumption of passenger flights is planned after May 15.

In public transport, hospitals, hairdressers and other closed public facilities, the obligation to wear face masks is introduced. Outdoor physical activity and resting on free beaches will be allowed, paid beaches will remain closed.

Opening of other stores is planned from May 11, except for shopping centers, which are scheduled to open on June 1. On May 11, lessons in secondary and higher education will resume.

On May 17, liturgies in churches will be resumed, on May 18 archaeological objects, zoos and botanical gardens will be opened, and on June 1 cafes, restaurants (only those with tables outside, up to 4 people at the table) and hotels all year round will open.

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