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Posted on June 1, 2020

- Isolation and quarantine rules, with updates as of 29 May (in Georgian)
- Ministry of Health recommendations on how to operate various businesses to prevent spread of Covid-19 as of 29 May (in Georgian)

Posted on May 24, 2020

Coronavirus in Georgia, 18 - 24 May. State of emergency ends - what restrictions remain in place?

As the state of emergency and curfew are brought to an end, Georgia has brought the number of daily cases down to around five. Residents are still asked to maintain strict hygiene practices to keep the virus at bay.

Posted on May 17, 2020

Coronavirus in Georgia, 11 – 17 May. Tourism industry revs engines, gov’t announces agricultural assistance plan

Georgia has effectively suppressed the infection curve, with health officials beginning to make statements to the effect that the health crisis has nearly been overcome in the country, despite two blips of double-digit infections over the past week. Now, the state is turning its full attention to supporting business sectors in need, and has announced a plan to support the agricultural sector and prepare the country to receive tourists.

Posted on May 10, 2020

Coronavirus in Georgia, 4 – 10 May. Reopening the economy, gov’t unveils tourism support plan

The Georgian economy is reopening at a pace faster than had been previously anticipated by the government’s plan. This is largely thanks to the fact the epidemiological situation in the country remains under control, and the rate of daily infection has slowed to an average of six or so cases per day in the past week.

The government has also unveiled a plan to reopen Georgia’s doors to tourists come July, including support for local tourism businesses.

Updated on May 4, 2020

Government updates decree on state of emergency rules, powers to contain coronavirus - (in Georgian and English)

This latest decree outlines the new regulations that have come into force since the declaration of the state of emergency, including restrictions on transport, the educational process, activities related to culture and sport, public gatherings, freedom of movement, economic activity and other acts.

Posted on May 3, 2020

Coronavirus in Georgia – 27 April - 3 May

Georgian health officials say the coronavirus is under control and that the country will likely not see a sharp spike in infection. However, against the backdrop of this optimism and the gradual plan to reopen the economy, head of the National Centre for Disease Control Amiran Gamkrelidze has asked the public not to get carried away and imagine this means an end to social distancing and other hygiene measures to contain the virus. More

Posted on April 27, 2020

How international finance is helping Georgia weather the storm of COVID-19

More than $3 billion has been pledged by foreign governments, international financial institutions and development agencies to help Georgia mitigate the effects of the coronavirus crisis and move forward with an economic recovery plan. Here’s a look at just how USAID, the EU, IFIs and other players are contributing to the effort.

Posted on April 26, 2020

Coronavirus in Georgia – 20-26 April newsletter, updates

Georgia brought the infection curve back down this past week after a spike in cases the week prior. Health officials, however, remain cautious, and warn the population against hoping for a quick fix to the problem.

The government meanwhile has unveiled its anti-crisis economic recovery program, which will seek to reopen the Georgian economy within three months’ time at two week intervals. Read on for a summary of this past week’s main news.

Posted on April 24, 2020

Georgian gov’t reveals plan to gradually open economy, announces 3.5 bln GEL in support programs

Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia has presented the government’s plan to implement a series of measures that aim to support both business and the population through the coronavirus crisis. He also introduced a six-step plan that will gradually reopen the Georgian economy over a period of three months. Read more about the plan here.

Posted on April 19, 2020

Coronavirus in Georgia: 13-19 April newsletter, updates

AmCham Georgia’s second coronavirus update newsletter takes a look at more stringent regulations put into place in preparation for the Easter holiday and in reaction to an increased rate of infections in the country. The week of 13-19 April also saw large international financial institutions pledging upwards of $3 billion to help Georgia weather the storm, and additional support from the US.

Innovative approaches to handling the coronavirus crisis have resulted in a new app, which will allow users to see whether they have come in contact with infected individuals, and an uptick in the number of communication channels to convey information about the situation in the country.

Posted on April 12, 2020

Coronavirus in Georgia: 6-12 April newsletter, updates

AmCham Georgia has begun publishing a weekly newsletter which will review the main events of the week as pertains to the coronavirus epidemic in Georgia, with a special focus on business-related updates and measures being taken by the government to handle the crisis. The newsletter will be published every Sunday, and cover the preceding week through Monday.

In our first newsletter, we look at how the number of daily infections in Georgia has remained low, as the country expects to enter into a period of peak infection towards the end of the month. The government has slightly expanded the list of permissible economic activities (an updated version of which can be found below or here).

In the meantime, testing criteria have been expanded to cast a wider net and include more at-risk individuals, and the country’s hospitals seem set to face the challenge of increased admissions.

Posted on April 10, 2020

AmCham member hotels providing quarantine spaces, critical support in fight against coronavirus

Stepping up to the plate to contribute to efforts to handle the coronavirus outbreak in Georgia, a number of AmCham member hotels have offered up their premises to be used as quarantine spaces, which are largely being used to temporarily isolate Georgian citizens returning home from abroad via government-orchestrated evacuations and others who have come into contact with infected individuals. Read on to find out how.

Updated on April 10, 2020

Sectoral guidances to prevent the spread of coronavirus

These guidances for the sectors below outline employer responsibilities and under what conditions staff are allowed to appear at work and how companies are allowed to carry out their activities.
- General Guidance (in Georgian and English)
- Construction sector (in Georgian and English)
- Border protection staff (in Georgian and English)
- Hotel Personnel and Visitors (in Georgian and English)
- Service Sector (Banks, Pharmacies and Shopping Centers) (in Georgian and English)
- Transport sector (in Georgian and English)
- Mining sector (in Georgian and English)
- Production of goods (in Georgian)
- Publishing activities (in Georgian)
- Electricity, water, waste management (in Georgian)
- Education (in Georgian 1, 2, 3 and English)

April 1, 2020

AmCham member companies' responses to COVID-19

AmCham member companies have been swift to react to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 crisis in Georgia with financial donations, social initiatives to assist the vulnerable, creating quarantine spaces and other actions.
Read more, or find a complete database (updated: May 15, 2020) of what our member companies are doing.

March 30, 2020

PM Gakharia announces further state of emergency restrictions

On March 30, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia announced the government would be implementing further restrictions in an effort to contain the spread of the new coronavirus. Find here a general overview of the new state of emergency regulations.

March 25, 2020

How to financially contribute to the fight against COVID-19

For members who would like to financially support the fight against the coronavirus, there are several initiatives, both public and private, through which they can do so. Read on.

March 20, 2020

Government of Georgia Economic Plans

The Government of Georgia has released its plans on what it plans to do to support businesses during this cricis, this includes diect support to the tourism sector, delays in tax payments and more infrastructure spending. Please see the rest of the article for details here.

EY compensation and benefits survey

(posted on Jun-26-2020)

Mobile market review by Grant Thornton

(posted on Jun-24-2020)

Deloitte Legal, 17 June 2020

(posted on Jun-17-2020)

Grant Thornton Tax and Legal Alert - Overview of changes in Georgian legislation, May, 2020

(posted on Jun-12-2020)

EY Tax&Law Brief for March-April-May, 2020

(posted on Jun-11-2020)

EY Law Updates on COVID-19, Seventh Edition

(posted on Jun-11-2020)

EY Global Labor and Employment Law Multi-country guide

(posted on Jun-11-2020)

PwC Georgia's PayWell 2020 and the special offer for AmCham members

(posted on Apr-2-2020)

Duty Free Georgia charity project

(posted on Jun-4-2020)

TBC Quarterly Newsletter - Spring of 2020

(posted on Jun-4-2020)

Colliers International Georgia holds conference on Hotel Sector (Thursday, May 28th, 16:00 GET)

(posted on May-27-2020)

BLB Partner note: the law which aims to attract the foreign direct investments provides for the nationalization and confiscation of the investments (in Georgian and English)

(posted on May-27-2020)

BGI Law Brief, (General Regulatory Update) - May 2020

(posted on May-21-2020)

Grant Thornton Tax and Legal Alert - Overview of changes in Georgian legislation, April 2020, in Georgian and English

(posted on May-18-2020)

In what circumstances will criminal law liability be imposed for violating the rules of the state of emergency? by Business Legal Bureau (BLB) in Georgian and English

(posted on May-18-2020)

Deloitte Academy training- Business Evaluation/ Covid 19 impact on companies' international operations.

(posted on May-8-2020)

EY Law Updates on Covid-19

(posted on May-7-2020)

Grant Thornton: Legal Response to Covid-19 Challenges

(posted on May-1-2020)

Could the President of Georgia establish the criminal law liability for violation of Emergency regime? by BLB Partner Ms. Maya Mtsariashvili

(posted on Apr-29-2020)

Deloitte: COVID-19 Anti-crisis Economic Plan Introduced by the Government of Georgia (in Georgian and English)

(posted on Apr-27-2020)

KPMG: Tax adjustments and challenges caused by the spread of New Coronavirus (COVID-19) (in Georgian)

(posted on Apr-25-2020)

BLB Newsletter, April 13, 2020 (in Georgian and English)

(posted on Apr-15-2020)

Dentons launches 2020 edition of its 'Investing in renewable energy projects in Europe' guide

(posted on Apr-7-2020)

Nexia TA release on Government decree about restrictions against Covid 19 - see document and annex (in Georgian)

(posted on Apr-6-2020)

SavvY has launched a platform for supporting companies through Covid 19 crisis - supportbusiness.ge

(posted on Apr-3-2020)