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Legislation to mitigate the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic

Due to the spread of the novel SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 pandemic), the German federal states have taken a number of measures in recent weeks that have led to extreme re- strictions on both private and economic life in Germany and were unimaginable just a few weeks ago. Numerous facilities have been closed, events have been banned and the activities of manufacturing companies have been restricted or suspended. As a re- sponse, the Germany, on March 27, 2020 passed legislation aimed at mitigating the po- tentially disastrous effects of the corona-crisis, which brings significant changes inter alia in the areas of corporate law, insolvency law, tenancy law, general contract law and employment law.

Please find attached a PDF with the key elements of such legislation and put their significance into perspective.

The authors of this article are members of the Corona-Task-Force at Rittershaus and are available to provide detailed legal advice on any of the topics discussed above as well as any other legal issue in connection with the corona crisis.