COVID-19 update – gradually reopening

LEMAN’s supply chain operations are fully operational

30. April

As the COVID-19 curve is slowly beginning to flatten out world-wide, several countries are gradually reopening society and restarting businesses, e.g. the Chinese factories, the German car industry etc. – also, easing of restrictions have been announced in Italy, Spain, Austria, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Poland, Bulgaria, some states in the U.S. as well as in several other countries.

At LEMAN, all offices are fully operational. We are following the recommendations from the governments. Only a minimum number of employees are working on-site, and we are still keeping our customers’ supply chains moving to ensure a steady flow of goods, including vital necessities as food and medical supplies, to all corners of the world.

Currently, the following precautions apply in countries, where LEMAN is present with own offices:


Borders are still closed for non-commercial purposes, travels and non-Danish citizens. Any transport of goods and cargo is still running, and fast-track lanes are in place for commercial transports. Air cargo is fully operational, and LEMAN has established air bridges flights from Asia. However, capacity problems may appear, as all passenger flights are banned. As per 15th April, the Government has allowed schools and kindergartens to open up for the youngest students up till 5th grade. All other schools, cultural institutions, libraries, malls, restaurants and municipal facilities are closed for now, but it is expected that the Government will slowly start to open up more and more areas.


President of the United States confirmed on Wednesday 29th April the federal government’s coronavirus social distancing guidelines will be “fading out” when they expire Thursday 30th April, counting on states taking charge as they pivot to reopening. All major ports and airports are operating. However, JFK airport is facing cargo release delays and essential cargo takes priority. The US has banned the entry of all foreign nationals who have travelled to: China, Iran, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK or Ireland 14 days before their arrival.

US citizens or permanent residents, who have visited a high-risk area, must fly into one of the 13 international airports with enhanced entry screening capabilities. On 18th March, the US Government announced that the US would close its northern border with Canada "by mutual consent" to non-essential traffic such as tourists and other visitors. On 20th March, the US and Mexico agreed to restrict non-essential travel over their shared border. The Government declared a national state of emergency. Local state governments have imposed a series of restrictions. However, some states have announced that they will reopen society and businesses. The situation keeps developing fast in every state, keep yourself updated on your state’s official website.


People must stay at home except for shopping for necessities, for exercise (only once a day), for any medical purpose and for going to work (if strictly necessary). Shops selling non-essential goods will also be closed and gatherings in public of more than two people who do not live together are being prohibited. However, minor stores are gradually reopening - also those that are selling "non-essential goods". Other premises including libraries, playgrounds, outdoor gyms, and places of worship are also closed. Funerals can still go ahead but weddings have been banned, as have baptisms and other ceremonies. Parks will remain open for exercise, but gatherings will be dispersed, with police being handed the power to step in and enforce the new measures.


The Government has decided to stop all public gatherings and events with more than 50 people. The aim with this legislation is to prevent situations where large numbers of people from different parts of the country come together in the same place. However, schools, public transportation, private functions, and visits to supermarkets do not fall under this legislation. In shopping centers, restaurants, bars and cafés, crowds of people in queue, along buffets or at tables must be avoided, and visitors must be able to keep distance to each other. Commercial transports are not affected and road, air and sea transportation are still fully functional – including the LEMAN air bridge from Asia.


All borders are closed to tourists, but commercial transports are still allowed to enter. Norwegian citizens and individuals who do have a creditable purpose for entering Norway are exempted (e.g. commercial transports, people who work in Norway etc.). Individuals entering Norway may be subject to 14 days of quarantine. Schools, sport halls and public events are closed and postponed. However, as per 20th April Kindergartens and school classes up till 7th grade re-opened. Gatherings exceeding 6 or more persons are still banned.


Schools, universities and other educational institutions are closed. Public meetings and gatherings as well as visits to health care units are restricted. Bars and restaurants are closed for most services. Border traffic is restricted but is still open for commercial transport. As per 15th April, the Helsinki area has re-opened for both private and commercial transportation.


For now, Greenland has no registered COVID-19 cases. A ban on commercial flights and ferry services within Greenland was lifted on 25th April. However, it is recommended by the Greenlandic government to limit all internal travel. Otherwise, In Greenland, the same restrictions and guidelines apply as in Denmark. All commercial transportation is still fully functional to ensure the necessary supply of food, medicine and consumer goods. A ban on trans-atlantic commercial passenger flights and ferry services to and from Greenland, imposed on 20th March, was recently extended from 30th April to 31st May. 

We are ready to help you with your shipments – contact your local LEMAN representative to hear more about our alternative transportation solutions and to get your goods on the move.