National E-commerce Association: bevh
The German E-Commerce and Distance Selling Trade Association (bevh) assessed the impact of the current corona pandemic on e-commerce businesses. Please find below their press release and the survey results (in English):
Bevh also created a dedicated webpage on their website on the Coronavirus pandemic that is updated regularly.
National E-commerce Association: Händlerbund
The German E-Commerce Association, Händlerbund, published a study on the impact of Coronavirus crisis on online merchants.
News from Händlerbund:
More information for businesses from the German government:
- On 16 March, German Chancellor Merkel delivered a speech in which she announced drastic containment measures. All bars, restaurants and stores in Germany will close. Only supermarkets, pharmacies, banks, post offices and other important shops will stay open. Restaurants can only open between 06:00 and 18:00. Germany is taking economic measures such as deferral of tax payments, reduced working hours and liquidity injections to compensate for the economic hit these measures will deliver;
- 04 June: Germany agreed on an additional €130 billion rescue package, which includes temporary cuts to VAT, a financial allowance for families and plans to boost subsidies for electric cars.
- 04 June: Germany will no longer advise against most non-essential travel within Europe form 15 June. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said the country will lift global travel warning for EU and Schengen zone members as well as the UK. Travel restrictions will remain in place for European countries under lockdown or with entry restrictions in place.
- 27 May: Germany decided to extend social distancing rules until 29 June. Regions can allow up to ten people, or members of two households, to meet in public.
- 26 May: Germany reportedly wants to partially lift the worldwide travel warning. The country would permit travel to 31 European countries. The draft could be adopted tomorrow by the German cabinet.
- 19 May: Germany and the leaders of the Visegrad countries (Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Czech Republic) agreed that it is in their interests to gradually dismantle border crossing restrictions and controls as soon as the health situation allows it.
- 15 May: German Finance Minister, Olaf Scholz, stated that another economic stimulus package is planned in June, to help boost the economy. This announcement is in stark contrast with the €98.6 billion in taxes Germany expects to collect less in 2020, compared to 2019.
- 13 May: Germany will ease border restrictions, but checks remain until mid-June. German Interior Ministers Horst Seehofer said the clear objective is to achieve free travel in Europe as of mid-June.
- 12 May: A court in Germany’s Lower Saxony has ruled that the regional government cannot force everybody returning to the state from abroad to go into quarantine for two weeks.
- 6 May: Germany will reopen all shops and start to gradually welcome student back to school, according to die Welt.
- 5 May: The German high court warned the European Central Bank (ECB) that bond buying could be illegal. The Constitutional Court ruled today the ECB has three months to justify the 2015 public sector purchase program (PSPP). The court said that the ruling does not affect the ECB’s Pandemic Emergency Purchasing Program of €750 billion.
- 8 April: Germany relaxed the country’s working hours rules, allowing for 12-hour work days in certain sectors. The country is also considering lowering the minimum rest period between working days;