Commercial transportation is still fully operational
As many countries slowly gain more control over the COVID-19 outbreak, we experience that several areas are starting to open up for normal business and schools.
At LEMAN, all offices are fully operational with necessary staffing at offices and several colleagues working from home. We are open for business and can support you with your shipments.
Currently, the following precautions apply in countries where LEMAN is present with own offices:
Borders are still closed for non-commercial purposes, travels and non-Danish citizens. Any transport of goods and cargo is still running and fast-track lanes are in place for commercial transports. Air cargo is fully operational, and LEMAN has established air bridges flights from Asia. However, capacity problems may appear as all passenger flights are banned. As per 15th April, the Government has allowed schools and kindergartens to open up for the youngest students up till 5th grade. All other schools, cultural institutions, libraries, malls, restaurants and municipal facilities are closed for now, but it is expected that the Government will slowly start to open up more and more areas.
All major ports and airports are operating. However, JFK airport is facing cargo release delays and essential cargo takes priority. The US has banned the entry of all foreign nationals who have travelled to: China, Iran, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK or Ireland 14 days before their arrival. US citizens or permanent residents who have visited a high-risk area must fly into one of the 13 international airports with enhanced entry screening capabilities. On 18th March, the US Government announced that the US would close its northern border with Canada "by mutual consent" to non-essential traffic such as tourists and other visitors. On 20th March, the US and Mexico agreed to restrict non-essential travel over their shared border for 30 days, a decision that will be revisited after the period. The Government declared a national state of emergency. Local state governments imposed a series of restrictions. The situation keeps developing fast in every state, keep yourself updated on your state’s official website.
People must stay at home except for shopping for necessities, for exercise (only once a day), for any medical purpose and for going to work (if strictly necessary). Shops selling non-essential goods will also be closed and gatherings in public of more than two people who do not live together are being prohibited. Other premises including libraries, playgrounds, outdoor gyms, and places of worship are also closed. Funerals can still go ahead but weddings have been banned, as have baptisms and other ceremonies. Parks will remain open for exercise, but gatherings will be dispersed, with police being handed the power to step in and enforce the new measures.
The Government has decided to stop all public gatherings and events with more than 50 people. The aim with this legislation is to prevent situations where large numbers of people from different parts of the country come together in the same place. However, schools, public transportation, private functions, and visits to supermarkets do not fall under this legislation. Furthermore, regulations on actions to be taken by restaurants, bars, and cafés has been described, such as crowds of people in queues, at tables or along buffets or bars must be avoided. Visitors must be able to keep at a distance to each other. Commercial transports are not affected and road, air and sea transportation are still fully functional – including the LEMAN air bridge from Asia.
All borders are closed to tourists, but commercial transports are still allowed to enter. Norwegian citizens and individuals who do have a creditable purpose for entering Norway are exempted (e.g. commercial transports, people who work in Norway etc.). Schools, sport halls and public events are closed and postponed. However, as per 20th April Kindergartens and school classes up till 7th grade will re-open. Large gatherings are still banned.
Schools, universities and other educational institutions are closed. Public meetings and gatherings as well as visits to health care units are restricted. Border traffic is restricted, but is still open for commercial transport. As per 15th April, the Helsinki area has re-opened for both private and commercial transportation.
In Greenland, the same restrictions and guidelines apply as in Denmark. All commercial transportation is still fully functional to ensure the necessary supply of food, medicine and consumer goods.
Please notice: Due to the current situation, all lead times are suspended.
At LEMAN we recommend you and all employees to follow the Recommendations on how to act when recieving and shipping goods.
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