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COVID-19 Protection

The fast-spreading coronavirus is raising many questions and concerns. Our international COVID-19 Task Force is at your disposal, should you need advice in any legal issues you are facing.

Below is a collection of info and advice to help make decisions in a quickly changing situation.

Baltics & Belarus

How to protect your business during the coronavirus outbreak? – Please see here a detailed list of actions prepared by our specialists.

Please see a checklist of actions we are doing to help our staff stay safe and what we recommend for our clients and others.

What to do with taxes to survive the crisis? Read here an overview for all Baltic states.

Read Aku Sorainen’s advice on management in a time of crisis here.

Upcoming webinars on COVID-19 related topics

– COVID-19 webinar in Estonian 09.04

– COVID-19 & contracts webinar in Lithuanian 07.04 – register here



The Government of Estonia has declared the emergency situation on 12th March due to the worldwide pandemic of Coronavirus COVID-19 and the threat of mass infections. Unless decreed otherwise by the government, the emergency situation remains in force until 1 May 2020.

Government measured to support companies affected by the COVID-19 outbreak

Emergency-related restrictions established by the state

Tax update

Materials of our webinars (in Estonian) can be found here.


What should be considered when you need to decrease salaries due to the crisis (in Estonian) – article by Karin Madisson and Häli Sokk

What to do if an employee is suspected to have the coronavirus? (in Estonian) – article by Karin Madisson and Nele Suurmets

Force majeure

Coronavirus as force majeure (in Estonian) – a detailed analysis by our specialists


Restrictions may give a cause for a reduction in rent (in Estonian) – article by Piret Jesse

Government relations

The law gives no basis for quarantine (in Estonian) – article by Allar Jõks and Piret Schasmin

A lack of preparedness cannot be compensated for by a state of emergency (in Estonian) – article by Allar Jõks and Kadri Härginen 

What happens if a state of emergency is declared? (in Estonian) – article by Karin Madisson and Piret Schasmin

Tax issues

What you can do with taxes to survive the crisis? (in English) – article by Kaido Künnapas and Tanel Molok

Public procurements

Contracts should be signed quickly with the public contractor to help the company survive (in Estonian) – article by Kadri Härginen

When force majeure intervenes with public procurement (in Estonian) – article by Kadri Härginen


Worst scenario for businesses – reorganisation and bankruptcy (in Estonian) – article by Mari Karja


A nationwide quarantine has been announced in Lithuania, effective Monday, 16 March until Monday, 13 April 2020. It is possible that the quarantine may be extended for a longer period. Most important quarantine-related information for business is available here (in Lithuanian).


Support to employers and employees during the quarantine period in Lithuania (in English) – Agnietė Venckienė, Juliana Pavilovska

Advice for employers: organising work during the coronavirus quarantine in Lithuania (in English) – Agnietė Venckienė, Juliana Pavilovska

Force majeure

When coronavirus becomes force majeure for business (in Lithuanian) – Kazimieras Karpickis


Notaries to continue their activities (in Lithuanian) – Evaldas Dūdonis

Impact of COVID-19 measures on financing transactions (in English) –  Augustas Klezys, Lina Ragainytė

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on EU-funded projects (in Lithuanian) – Aurimas Banys, Laurynas Lukošiūnas

Dispute Resolution

Legal liability for non-compliance with quarantine rules (in Lithuanian) – Kazimieras Karpickis

State aid options

State aid for business: when is European Commission approval needed? (in Lithuanian) – Daivis Švirinas

Tax issues

Tax information for businesses affected by COVID-19 (in Lithuanian) – Gerda Skirbutienė, Saulė Dagilytė

Covid-19 Lithuanian tax news (in English) – Gerda Skirbutienė


Confronting the coronavirus – answers to most worrying insurance questions (in Lithuanian) – Tomas Kontautas

COVID-19 and insurance: Q&A (in English) – Tomas Kontautas, Indrė Pelėdaitė, Simona Vaicekauskaitė

Travel restrictions

Quarantine impact on the tourism sector (in Lithuanian) – Vaiva Mašidlauskienė


COVID-19: implications for financial institutions (in English) – Augustas KlezysLaura MatukaitytėLiutauras Vasiliauskas


How to protect your business during the coronavirus outbreak? – Please see here a detailed list of actions in relation to corporate, employment and contractual issues that may occur.

Latvia implements new procedure for refunding overpaid VAT, read here (in English).

Updated information on government support available in Latvia to companies suffering from the COVID-19 outbreak.  Read more here (in English).

Covid-related tax news’ top here (in English).

On 20 March 2020 the Latvian parliament passed a special law on support measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more here (in English).

Latvian tax update (in English).


Coronavirus as force majeure – An overview for Belarusian companies. Our experts explain here (in Russian).

Employment and corporate issue during coronavirus outbreak. Our recommendations to employers in Belarus (In Russian).

Frequently asked questions about performance of contracts (In Russian).

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