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COVID-19 : MAURITIUS BUSINESS RESPONSE 

NEWS & UPDATES

FOR YOU

5 things to consider to be in a better position to keep your job

These are worrying times. As employees, we are now faced with fear for our health and that of our family, staying at home with all that this entails and the added fear of losing our jobs.

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FOR YOUR BUSINESS

A 4-step approach to HR for businesses during the pandemic

Depending on which business you are in, these times may either bring you unexpected opportunities or the prediction of a disastrous future. In either case your labour workforce remains your biggest strength or weakness.

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MAURITIUS REVENUE AUTHORITY

02/05/2020

COVID-19 SOLIDARITY FUND FRAMEWORK

Basis for applicants to submit request for support.

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18/04/2020

EXTENSION OF GOVERNMENT WAGE AND SELF EMPLOYED ASSISTANCE SCHEMES

Schemes extended to cover period 1st April 2020 to 30th April 2020.

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14/04/2020

ISSUANCE OF CERTIFICATES OF ORIGIN

For exports under movement certificate EUR1, SADC, IOC, Pakistan/Turkey …

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03/04/2020

COVID-19 SOLIDARITY FUND

Contributions to the solidarity fund will be deducted from taxable income.

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31/03/2020

MEASURES FOR INFORMAL SECTOR 

A financial support representing 50% of the Minimum Wage will be provided to self-employed persons. 

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24/03/2020

WAGE ASSISTANCE SCHEME

Government Wage Assistance Scheme (Further Clarifications.

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24/03/2020

VAT ON MASKS AND HAND SANITIZERS

Amendments to the Integrated Tariff with respect to the applicable rates of VAT to masks and hand sanitizer.

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20/03/2020

COMMUNIQUE FROM MAURITIUS REVENUE AUTHORITY

Measures taken by MRA due to lockdown in Mauritius. 

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CONSUMER PROTECTION

09/04/2020

COMMUNIQUE FROM COMPETITION COMMISSION

Arrangements with regards to the handling of matters pertaining certain types of restrictive business practices.

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31/03/2020

INSURERS’ ASSOCIATION OF MAURITIUS

Motor insurance that will expire during confinement period will be automatically renewed.

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GOVERNMENT OF MAURITIUS

30/04/2020

EXTENSION OF CURFEW 

Curfew period extended to 1 June 2020.

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08/04/2020

COMMUNIQUE FROM PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE

Efforts to boost trade in Mauritius in Response to COVID-19. 

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27/03/2020

STOCK EXCHANGE OF MAURITIUS 

The Financial Services Commission issued a Communique regarding the interruption of all securities transactions at the SEM. 

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20/03/2020

EXTENSION OF DEADLINE 

Deadline to submit budget proposals extended to Friday the 10th of April 2020.

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20/03/2020

CERT-MU SECURITY ALERT 

Communiqué from the Computer Emergency Response Team in relation to legal sanctions for posting fake news. 

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19/03/2020

THE QUARANTINE REGULATIONS 2020

The Quarantine (Quarantinable Diseases) Regulations 2020 came into operation on 19 March 2020.

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SUPREME COURT

03/04/2020

ALL CASES FIXED POSTPONED

All cases fixed during curfew period will be postponed. New dates will be communicated to parties on a later date.

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26/03/2020

ALL COURTS ARE CLOSED DURING ENTIRE CONFINEMENT

Press release from the Office of the Chief Justice.

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21/03/2020

COMMERCIAL DIVISION OF THE SUPREME COURT

A skeleton staff is present on a daily basis and the e-filing system is accessible as usual.

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BANK OF MAURITIUS

15/04/2020

MORATOIRES SUR LES EMPRUNTS

Programme de soutien COVID-19 : Clarifications concernant les moratoires.

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25/03/2020

CHANGE IN OPENING HOURS OF BANKS

Strategic bank branches will be open from 10:00 to 13:00 Monday to Friday. 

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23/03/2020

SUPPORT TO HOUSEHOLDS 

Moratorium on household loans and waiving of interest payable. 

SPECIAL FOREIGN CURRENCY LINE OF CREDIT

USD 300 million line of credit for operators having foreign currency earnings. 

SWAP ARRANGEMENT FOR IMPORT ORIENTED BUSINESSES

USD 100 million to commercial banks to support import oriented businesses.

 SHARED ATM SERVICES

Fees on shared ATM services waived during confinement.

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OTHERS

03/04/2020

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

Communique issued by Speaker of National Assembly to postpone sitting scheduled for the 3rd April 2020.

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03/04/2020

MINISTRY OF EDUCATION

Arrangements to ensure learning from home during COVID-19 confinement.

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03/04/2020

ROAD TAX AND FITNESS 

Motor Vehicle Licences (Road Tax) and Fitness Certificates expiring in March 2020 subject to automatic three-month extension.

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02/04/2020

CARGO HANDLING CORPORATION

CHCL still providing core services including receipt and delivery of containers.

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