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Friday 3 July 2020

Council of Government Adopts Bill Enacting Specific Measures for State of Health Emergency and Procedures for Its Declaration

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Council of Government Adopts Bill Enacting Specific Measures for State of Health Emergency and Procedures for Its Declaration

The Government Council, convened Thursday under the chairmanship of the Head of Government, Saâd Dine El Otmani, adopted Bill 42.40 amending Legislative Decree No. 2.20. 292 enacting measures specific to a state of health emergency and the procedures for declaring it.

Introduced by the Minister of Interior, this bill is part of the measures taken by the government to deal with the threat of the Covid-19 pandemic, and of the executive decision to alleviate sanitary quarantine restrictions, in accordance with the provisions of decree No. 2.20.406 of June 9, 2020, and to re-launch the activities of courts, public administrations and markets, said Minister of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher education and Scientific Research, government spokesperson, Saaid Amzazi, in a statement read at a press conference after the council.

The government spokesperson explained that it was found that maintaining the current version of section 6 of the above-mentioned legislative decree would negatively affect the re-launch of various public and economic activities.

In this context, the Minister went on, the provisions of this article have been revised and now stipulate that "the government may decide, during the period of the state of health emergency, to suspend the validity of each of the deadlines provided for in the legislative texts and regulations in force, if it shows that maintaining its validity precludes the exercise of the rights of the persons concerned or their obligations during this period because of the measures taken by the competent public authorities to reduce the propagation of the epidemic", adding that the cases of suspension of the validity of the above-mentioned deadlines will be determined by an organic text.

MAP 02 July 2020