25 March 2020 – Prohibited penalties or disconnection of utilities for small businesses as a result of failure to pay bills

Intervention Categories: Legal and policy; Regulatory change; Finance policy and financial aid; Stimulus packages and financial support
Level of Jurisdiction: National

Overview: In order to avoid bankruptcies, the French government outlawed the cessation of electricity or water to small businesses during the quarantine period.

Businesses could also request that the government cover the charges for these utilities accrued during the relevant time period. Additionally, the ordinance prohibited fines or penalties on small businesses for failure to pay rent.
Full details here: https://www.gouvernement.fr/conseil-des-ministres/2020-03-25/faire-face-a-l-epidemie-de-covid-19