Panic in a Pandemic – Would “force majeure” clause save you from a contractual dispute?

Panic in a Pandemic – Would “force majeure” clause save you from a contractual dispute?

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The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is creating unprecedented uncertainties for businesses and public life due to the prevailing travel bans, restrictions and shutdowns of public services (including the Judiciary) and business sectors, mandatory quarantines and other health measures with a view to containing the virus spread.

As the pandemic remains severe around the globe, the Hong Kong Government has denied entries to all non-Hong Kong residents who arrive at Hong Kong International Airport, including visitors in transit since the end of March until further notice. Non-Hong Kong residents coming from the Mainland, Macao and Taiwan will be denied entry to Hong Kong if they have been to any overseas countries and regions in the past 14 days. Other inbound travellers other than the exempted persons have to be subject to mandatory 14-day quarantines and/or COVID-19 viral test at the test centre at the AsiaWorld-Expo as circumstances require. Such measures aim to detect symptomatic and asymptomatic cases early on for cutting the community transmission chain which have proven certain effect on epidemic control.

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