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Uruguay covid-19 information hub

As governments respond to the pandemic by enacting emergency legislation that will affect all areas of society and doing business, we are providing a central information hub that contains the enacted legislation and other relevant official communication issued in relation to the crisis. 

We have collated this information with the help of a group of leading firms from countries across the region: Argentina’s Beccar Varela, Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno and Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen (PAGBAM); Brazil’s Demarest Advogados, Lefosse Advogados, Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados, TozziniFreire Advogados and Veirano Advogados; Central America’s Aguilar Castillo Love, Arias, BLP and Consortium Legal; Chile’s Carey, Cariola, Díez, Pérez-Cotapos and Claro & Cía; Colombia’s Brigard Urrutia and Posse Herrera Ruiz; regional law firm Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría; the Dominican Republic's Pellerano & Herrera; Ecuador’s Ferrere (Ecuador) and Pérez Bustamante & Ponce; Mexico’s Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enriquez SC, Hogan Lovells (Mexico), Galicia Abogados, Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes SC and Nader, Hayaux & Goebel; Ferrere (Paraguay); Peru’s Payet, Rey, Cauvi, Pérez Abogados and Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano Abogados; Ferrere (Uruguay); and Venezuela’s D'Empaire.

Most firms contributing to the covid-19 hub are drawn from Latin Lawyer Elite. In those countries not covered by Latin Lawyer Elite, we are working with top firms recommended in the Latin Lawyer 250.

We believe that by coming together to provide this service we can help provide businesses around the region with crucial facts and legislative developments to help them through this challenging, rapidly-evolving period.

We have tried to assemble the most pertinent official developments issued in relation to covid-19. Although we cannot guarantee this list is exhaustive, our editorial team will be adding to this resource regularly, as and when we are made aware of the latest updates.

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6 April

Decree 211/2020 - exhortation to the National Telecommunications Authority (ANTEL) to suspend the termination of service contracts with clients due to non-payment until 13 April 2020, only applicable to residential services and services to small enterprises. Related documentation available here.

Decree 212/2020 - exhortation to the National Electricity Authority (UTE) to suspend the termination of service contracts with clients due to non-payment until 13 April 2020, only applicable to residential and general services’ consumers. Related documentation available here

4 April

Government fixes minimum, maximum and average prices of essential goods such as food and sanitary products. Related documentation available here.

3 April

Law 19,872 - exemption of 40% of social security contributions for employees and employers. Related documentation available here.

Law 19,873 - creation of a registry of healthcare workers and a special regime to include them as beneficiaries of insurance granted by the State Insurance Bank (BSE) in case they get infected by covid-19 during the sanitary emergency. Related documentation available here.

Official communication by the Ministry of Labor and Social Security - extension of time for the special redundancy payment regime until 31 May 2020. Related documentation available here.

2 April

Law 19,869 - implementation and development of telemedicine. Related documentation available here.

Resolution 23/2020 - suspension of procedural terms and court activity within the judicial branch until April 30 2020. Related documentation available here.

Official Communication by Ministry of Public Health of Uruguay - suspension of classes for an undetermined term; extension of special redundancy payment regime until 31 May 2020. Related documentation available here.

Official communication by the Ministry of Labor and Social Security - suspension of meetings by the salary counsels (organs that update the salaries of workers in different activity sectors) scheduled for April 2020. Related documentation available here.

1 April

Ministry of Public Health - establishes comprehensive health programmes, the procedure RT-PCR diagnosis of SARS CoV2. Related documentation available here.

Resolution D-86-2020 - Central Bank of Uruguay reduces banking reserves for financial institutions until 30 June 2020. Related documentation available here.

Official Communication by Ministry of Social Development - assignment of resources to finance a programme to increase the budget of subsidies in the form of “food stamps” for people in a critical social context during the sanitary emergency. Related documentation available here.

Official communication by the Ministries of the Interior and National Defense – patrols in national roads to discourage individuals travelling for tourism during Easter Holidays. Related documentation available here.

Official communication by the University of the Republic - suspension of classes at the university until further notice, implementation of online classes and online evaluation tests for the semester. Related documentation available here.

31 March

Decree 112/2020 - temporal closure of touristic centers during Easter Holidays. Related documentation available here.

27 March

Uruguay’s national aviation agency (DINACIA) restricts air traffic from high risk countries for 30 days. Related documentation available here.

26 March

National Army requested to manufacture 20,000 face masks. Related documentation available here.

Decree 108/2020 – Ministry of Labor and Social Security establishes provisions regarding the labor agreement signed within the construction industry. Related documentation available here.

23 March

Decree 93/020 – suspends all flights from Brazil. Related documentation available here.

Government deploys police force to discourage social gatherings. Related documentation available here.

Exemption of essential goods such as hand sanitisers, swabs, oxygen and soap from import taxes and tariffs. Related documentation available here.

Restrictions to notarial services before the Supreme Court of Justice, such as wills and legalisation services. Related documentation available here.

22 March

Operación “Todos en Casa”, Corredor Humanitario calls for the repatriation of Uruguayan nationals.

21 March

First Covid-19 healthcare centres created – a Spanish hospital in Montevideo becomes a treatment centre for covid-19 patients. Related documentation available here.

A WhatsApp hotline is established to report symptoms and answer queries relating to covid-19. Related documentation available here.

20 March

Payment of municipal taxes, including for small real estate properties and street markets, extended until June, July and August. Related documentation available here.

Resolution 55/020 allows employers to take additional annual leave in 2021 – related documentation available here

Coronavirus UY Hotline mobile application established as an information resource about the disease. Related documentation available here.

Homeless shelters opened for vulnerable citizens and increased budget for food stamp provisions. Related documentation available here.

19 March

Covid-19 expert committee established by Ministry of Public Health. Related documentation available here.

Resolution 54/020 – requires companies to enforce sanitary and protective measures against covid-19. Related documentation available here.

Extension of tax payments from February and March to May for workers with salaries less than 1 million Uruguay pesos (US$30,000). Related documentation available here.

Government to subsidise 40% of small businesses’ social security contributions for March and April and postpone the remaining payments until June. Related documentation available here.

Bank of the Republic of Uruguay permitted to grant flexible credit facilities to small and medium-sized businesses for up to US$50 million. Related documentation available here.

Central Bank of Uruguay authorises extension of deadline for repayments of certain loans. Available documentation here.

National Agency for Development (ANDE) increases guarantee fund budget to guarantee loans under US$2.5 million. Related documentation available here.

19 and 16 March

Resolutions 12/2020 and 16/2020 suspend all civil proceedings as ordered by the Supreme Court of Justice, aside from urgent cases such as domestic violence hearings, among others. Courts closed until 3 April. Related documentation available here.

18 March

Resolution 143/020 permits companies to enforce temporary redundancy measures and outlines government introduced subsidies. Related documentation available here.

Visitors from high risk areas or suspected covid-19 patients prohibited from visiting elderly care homes. Related documentation available here.

17 March

Resolution S/N orders closure of all shopping centre stores except for pharmacies and supermarkets. Related documentation available here.

16 March

Decree 94/020 suspends all flights from Europe and Argentina. Related documentation available here.

Workers with suspected covid-19 granted sick leave. Related documentation available here.

Workers operating under Free Trade Zone regulations to work from home. Related documentation available here.

Nationwide closure of schools suspends all classes and related educational centres across the country. Related documentation available here.

Protocol of conduct for family assistance centres announces continuation of hot meals for underprivileged children in spite of school closures. Related documentation available here.

Consumer Protection Agency publishes list of prices for personal care products to discourage overpricing. Related documentation available here.

Prevention measures for prisons impose stricter visitation controls to help prevent the spread of covid-19. Related documentation available here.

Resolution 8/2020 suspends all proceedings at Administrative Litigation Tribunal (TCA) until 2 April. Related documentation available here.

15 March

Limits documents to be submitted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to online services, excluding urgent matters only. Related documentation available here.

Closure of Universidad de la República and suspension of all classes until 12 April. Related documentation available here.

14 March

Restriction of submissions to the General Directorate of Registries to only documents expiring within 24 hours. Related documentation available here.

13 March

Decree 93/020 suspends all public gatherings and international flights from high-risk areas; imposes quarantine of all covid-19 positive persons and those showing symptoms. Related documentation available here.