EGS Biweekly Global Business Newsletter Issue 6, Monday, June 15, 2020

By William (Bill) Edwards, CEO of Edwards Global Services, Inc. (EGS)

 “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy.” Martin Luther King Jr.

 “The Chinese word for “crisis” is frequently invoked in Western motivational speaking as being composed of two Chinese characters signifying “danger” and “opportunity” respectively.”, Wikipedia


The goal of this newsletter is to provide an update on the economic and business situation around the world. We monitor 30+ countries, 25 daily international information sources and six business sectors to keep up with what is going on in this ever-changing environment. Our team on the ground covers 43 countries and provides us with updates about what is happening in their specific countries.

Many of our newsletter readers send us their input and perspectives to help us publish a balanced view about the world every other week.  Our contact information is at the bottom of this newsletter.

The Focus of This Issue

This issue focuses on what is happening in more than 30 countries that impact consumer spending, business investment and travel. The themes of this issue are the continuing reopening of businesses around the world, travel restarts and restrictions as well as government aid programs for businesses.

At the end of this newsletter are links to reports on how governments are spending US$10 trillion on pandemic projects, the future of work in Europe and what retailing will look like post-pandemic in Asia.

In Summary, Europe opens travel without isolation periods except from the United Kingdom and the USA. Business is coming back in mainland China. The United Kingdom continues to have a high number of virus cases and is very slowly reopening. Please go to the link to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), interactive Travel Regulations Map below to learn the details about travel between over 100 countries.

A Coronavirus Country Status Map for June 15, 2020

Based on our research and input from our Associates around the world for this issue of our newsletter, we created this map showing where countries are in the COVID-19 process. Since our June 8th map there have been several changes. Spain and Italy have gone from blue to green. Sweden has gone from red to blue and Peru has gone from blue back to yellow. Latin America remains the region with the fastest growing case, led by Brazil.

International Travel Updates

“The International Air Transport Association (IATA), an authoritative trade association for airlines around the world, has created an interactive Travel Regulations Map powered by Timatic solutions that allow both airlines and travelers to quickly see current COVID-19 travel restrictions for each country around the world. On the map, countries are color-coded based on their current travel restrictions (which will be continually updated by IATA) and are sorted into four categories: totally restrictive, partially restrictive, not restricted or under review.”, Travel & Leisure June 10, 2020                         

“Delta has received approval from Shanghai government to resume flights: Delta Air Lines (DAL.N) has received approval from the Shanghai government to resume flights from June 18, a company spokeswoman said on Monday, paving the way for the carrier to resume services to China after months of suspension due to COVID-19.

It is still awaiting for the decision from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) on how many flights it can resume and when it can do so, the airline said. Delta has filed an application to operate two weekly flights from Seattle to Shanghai via Seoul, it said.”, Reuters, June 15, 2020

“Virgin Atlantic to Resume Flights to the U.S. and Asia in July: The airline will once again start flying to New York City, Los Angeles, Orlando, Hong Kong and Shanghai, beginning either July 20 or 21.”, Travel And Leisure, June 5, 2020

“United plans to shutter three overseas flight attendant bases as international travel suffers. United is closing its flight attendant bases in Frankfurt, Tokyo and Hong Kong.”, CNBC, June 5, 2020

“China and Singapore’s Air-Travel Experiment: A ‘Fast Lane’ With Lots of Waiting: Rules for travel now include coronavirus tests before departure and on arrival, as well as some isolation.  Travel between China and Singapore will require coronavirus tests on each end of the trip.”, The Wall Street Journal, June 4, 2020

“Iberia Express Resumes Flights To Six Major European Cities: n July and August, Iberia Express (I2) will gradually recover greater connectivity, both nationally and internationally. Within Spain, I2 will offer 5 weekly frequencies to Santiago de Compostela and Seville. For its part, from mid-July, the airline will resume flights to European cities such as Amsterdam (with 4 weekly flights), Dublin (with 3 weekly flights), Paris and London (with 4 weekly flights from the end of August.), Berlin (with 4 weekly flights from August 1st) and Manchester (with 2 weekly flights from the end of August. In any case, this flight schedule will be adapted to existing demand and may be increased if further positive signs of recovery are seen.”, Airways Magazine, June 6, 2020.

“Britons could be holidaying in Turkey by July 15 as officials hint deal for an ‘air bridge’ to spare tourists 14-day quarantine is close. An air bridge allows for quarantine-free travel between two countries to resume. If agreed, it means Britons could enjoy a holiday in Turkey within just six weeks. More than 2.5million Brits flocked to Turkey last year to enjoy their holidays.”, The Daily, June 6, 2020

“On May 27, South Africa tourism minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane said at a briefing that the country’s reopening date for international tourists would likely be early 2021. “Based on the COVID-19 epidemic expected trajectory, the first phase of the recovery for the sector will be driven by domestic tourism, followed by regional tourism and international tourism next year,’ Kubayi-Ngubane said, multiple international media outlets, including The Telegraph and the Evening Standard, reported.


“Australia is just opening up with restaurants able to have 50 patrons as long as social distancing of 4SqM per person. This has limited the numbers far below 50 in many smaller restaurants.  Gym’s are opening with the same person/space restrictions but Australia is in recession.  The government JobKeeper program is supporting almost 60% of the workforce here with a payment to businesses of $1500 per fortnight and this will continue to September 2020.  Many here are concerned that when this is withdrawn we will be at an economic cliff. Franchising is recovering and our franchise lead generation has increased from March to May by over 60% and we will grant several new franchises in June. High unemployment is driving some of this demand as well as the realisation that being an employee is no longer secure.”, Rod Young, Chairman, DC Strategy, Sydney


“The most active economic sectors in Brazil are agriculture, drugstores and supermarkets. The most hardly hurt are traditional education and entertainment. Retail is expected to restart operation in most states these next few days. President Jair Bolsonaro is a strong defender of the reinstatement of economic activities. Against all evidence, he minimizes the effect of the corona growth, defending the use of chloroquine. Because of states autonomy, the situation is not uniform over all regions.’”, Ursula Aleixo, Managing Director, Fastdezine Team, Bello Horizonte

“Brazil’s Sao Paulo, the country’s largest city and the first to report a coronavirus case, has authorized car dealers, law firms and accounting companies to resume activities as of Friday, the mayor’s office said, after approving health protocols they had developed. According to the protocols, car dealers will have to control customer traffic to avoid gatherings, adopt a rotating system for employees, and respect the use of face masks and hand sanitizer.”, Reuters, June 5, 2020


“Ontario to reopen restaurants, hair salons outside of virus hot spots. The reopenings will begin as of midnight on Friday in 24 of the 34 health regions in Canada’s most populous province and the country’s economic engine, as it moves into the second phase of slowly reopening its economy. The province will also increase the maximum of social groups to 10 people from five in permitted health regions, which include Ottawa, Canada’s capital city.”, Reuters, June 8, 2020

Mainland China

“China’s auto sales surged 14.5% in May, a second straight month of growth as the global industry’s biggest market gradually recovers from the coronavirus pandemic. The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers said Thursday that sales of passenger cars jumped 7% from a year earlier to 1.67 million, an improvement over April’s 2.6% contraction.”, Reuters, June 11, 2020

“On the comeback trail? Chinese consumers emerge from Covid-19”, The Economist Intelligence Unit, June 2020

Recent development in the franchising sector in China: “The Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China (“MOFCOM”) released its most recent biweekly bulletin of franchise registration on June 3, 2020 ( According to the data revealed in the bulletin, as of June 3, 2020, the total number of franchisors that have completed the MOFCOM franchise registration is 5,730. Beijing is still the top destination with 1,008 franchise registrations, leaving Shanghai with 608 franchise registrations as the second place, and Guangdong province with 470 franchise registrations as the third place. And the number of franchise registrations by foreign franchisors (excluding Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) is only 119, which is surprisingly smaller than the number of the domestic mainland registrations. Among all the industries, the number of the franchise registrations in the restaurant and catering industry is 2,260, accounting for almost 40% of all the registrations, leaving the retail trade with 1,699 registrations as the second place.”, Xu (Leo) Xin, Jones & Co., Toronto, Ontario. Canada

“Investors eye business opportunities as China focuses on convenience store development: Although a permanent fixture in mega cities like Shanghai, convenience stores are scarcely seen in smaller cities. “China’s convenience stores are at their fledgling stage of development,” Ouyang Jianyu, an analyst with Chuancai Securities, said. ‘They are mainly established in big cities, local brands are yet to be exploited and the scale of value-added services is relatively small.’ There are only 130,000 chain convenience stores in China, which is far from enough to satisfy people’s needs, Minister of Commerce Zhong Shan said at a press conference on May 18.”, Beijing Review, June 8, 2020. Compliments of Paul Jones, Barrister, Solicitor & Trade-mark Agent, Jones & Co., Toronto

“Chinese businesses adapt to post-lockdown reality. Deep cleaning, temperature checks and smartphone apps all deployed to stop a second wave. China’s big cities have started to come back to life but worries remain about a potential second wave and businesses are struggling with a shortage of customers.  Most urban centres are free from the virus yet companies are implementing disease control measures, ranging from checking guests’ temperatures and having staff and customers wear masks to conducting regular deep cleans of facilities.”, The Financial Times, June 8, 2020

Czech Republic

“The Czech government agreed to fully open its borders with neighbours Austria and Germany and allow unrestricted travel to and from Hungary from noon on Friday, Prime Minister Andrej Babis said. It fully opened its border with Slovakia on Thursday. ‘People who visit these countries do not need any coronavirus test nor quarantine,’ Babis told a news conference shown live on television.”, Reuters, June 4, 2020


 “Denmark plans to lift the limit on public gatherings from 50 to 100 people in July and to 200 in August as it eases measures to curb the spread of coronavirus, the government said on Monday. Earlier on Monday, the government raised the limit on public gatherings from 10 to 50 and allowed fitness centres and public swimming pools to reopen.”, Reuters, June 7, 2020

The European Union and The United Kingdom

“Here are all the European countries reopening today – and who can actually visit

Nations including France, Greece and Iceland are relaxing border restrictions from this week.” Timeout, June 15, 2020

“Coronavirus infections haven’t spiked since Europe loosened lockdowns… In Italy and across most of Europe, countries have restarted their economies and resumed a degree of socializing without visible signs of the dire health consequences forecast by many… Europe’s experience, at least so far, suggests that sending children back to school, reopening restaurants and even making way for large outdoor protests does not lead to an inevitable resurgence of the virus.”, The Washington Post, June 5, 2020

“Cafe society returns to Europe – where two metres isn’t the social distancing rule – as Britain’s restaurants, bars and coffee shops remain closed. France opened restaurants partially in Paris  and fully in the rest of the country. Germany has a 1.5 (metres) social distancing rule but all sized-shops are allowed to open. Italy has opened bars and restaurants  with new social distancing measures,”, Daily, June 14, 2020


 “France will begin to lift travel restrictions on 15 June. As France continues to ease its lockdown measures, the government has announced it will lift border restrictions with European countries on 15 June.”, Lonely Planet, June 12, 2020


“Greek Prime Minister Promises Tourist Safety as Country Reopens to Foreign Visitors…. International flights to and from the country’s main airports will resume on June 15, after a nearly three-month lockdown. Accounting for about 20% of Greece’s economic output, tourism is vital for the Mediterranean nation, which emerged from a decade-long debt crisis in 2018.”, Skift, June 13, 2020


 “Irish hotels are set to be allowed to reopen at the end of the month, three weeks ahead of schedule, under a proposed speeding up of the government’s post-coronavirus reopening plan being discussed by cabinet on Friday, the Irish Times reported. It also reported that, instead of the planned extension of a travel limit to 20 km (12 miles) from 5 km (three miles) to keep the spread of the coronavirus under control, the cabinet were discussing allowing people to travel anywhere within their county.”, Reuters, June 5, 2020


“The future of restaurants and bars in India in the time of COVID-19The central government has given a nod for restaurants to open….You enter the restaurant; your temperature is checked and the smile of your server is hidden behind a mask. He will take you to your table but will he bring the menu or take your order? Probably not. You can’t sneak a glance to see what the next table has ordered because it is six feet away. Technology will rule, your table may have a QR code that will help you scan and browse the digital menu, the order will be placed and the bill paid via the app.”, Lonely Planet, June 13, 2020


“Indonesians in Jakarta returned to mosques on Friday for prayers after the city relaxed rules on attending places of worship as part of a loosening of restrictions in place since late March to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Jakarta’s governor on Thursday announced some easing of restrictions including attending mosques for communal prayers but warned the fight against the outbreak was far from over in southeast Asia’s biggest city.”, Reuters, June 5, 2020


“Italy was one of the first countries to adopt the joint Apple/Google API for its coronavirus contact tracing app, and early signs are that this is helping reassure people. Immuni contact tracing app downloads hit more than 25% of those given access in the first ten days.”, 9to5Mac, June 12, 2020


 “Japan’s service sector sentiment index rose in May, a Cabinet Office survey showed on Monday, although the coronavirus pandemic continues to weigh on firms’ business confidence. The survey of workers such as taxi drivers, hotel workers and restaurant staff – called “economy watchers” for their proximity to consumer and retail trends – showed their confidence about current economic conditions rose 7.6 points to 15.5 from a record low marked in April.”, Reuters, June 7, 2020


 “The new normal: Malaysia’s pandemic politics: Malaysians are ready to get moving again. From tomorrow the country will advance into a more relaxed phase of controls to combat covid-19. It will last until the end of August. A stringent lockdown began on March 18th, before easing somewhat on May 4th. Travel between Malaysian states now will be allowed (with a few exceptions), though the country’s international borders remain closed.”, The Economist Expresso, June 9, 2020

 Middle East Region

“The Middle East is fighting a second wave of covid-19. Countries that thought they beat the coronavirus discover they have not…. Several countries have seen, if not yet a second wave, at least a worrying resurgence of cases…. However, governments are reluctant to shut down again just as their economies are sputtering back to life.”, The Economist, June 13, 2020

“For the business in the UAE, all malls, restaurants and cafés are currently operating in the UAE but of course, there are still restrictions in the number of people accessing restaurants.  Business is still very low, malls are empty.  Churches, mosques, and swimming pools at all hotels and compounds are still closed. For Egypt, malls are open but all restaurants, cafés, sport clubs, churches and mosques are still closed.  Curfew is from 8:00 pm to 6:00 am.  Number of cases in Egypt are on the rise, beds available at all private and public hospitals are very limited; if any.   Expected that hotels at resorts at the North Coast, Hurghada, and Sharm El Sheikh start to operate beginning of July but no confirmation as of today.   No business travel is allowed for Egypt and the UAE till now.  Pharmaceutical companies in the UAE advised their employees that there will be no travel permitted till September.”, Manal El Masry, Genera; Manager, Ideate Project Management Services, Dubai

New Zealand

“New Zealand lifts all Covid restrictions, declaring the nation virus-free.  Under new rules, social distancing is not required and there are no limits on public gatherings, but orders remain closed to foreigners.”,, June 8, 2020

“Air New Zealand (NZ) will resume, from June 25, the Auckland (AKL) -Tokyo Narita (NRT) route. Quoting the Airline’s General Manager Networks Scott Carr, the announcement mentions that NZ will operate one return service per week from the 10 operated before the Coronvirus crisis.”, Airways Magazine, June 15, 2020

“New Zealand said on Friday that it was extending its wage subsidy scheme to help an additional 40,000 businesses keep staff employed as they recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. After feedback from businesses, the government decided to change the required revenue drop threshold for firms to apply for wage subsidy to 40% from 50%, finance minister Grant Robertson said in a statement.”, Reuters, June 4, 2020


“Norway Opens Border To Most Nordic Countries, Sweden Restrictions Remain. New travel rules: Citizens from Denmark, Finland and Iceland will be welcome in Norway from June 15 without being subject to quarantine rules.”, Forbes, June 12, 2020


 “Panama reinstated severe measures, including transit restrictions, due to an increase in infections. As of June7, personal movement is restricted to three days in each week with different days according to sex. At the same time, there is a gradual opening some businesses but buyer traffic is limited due to movement restrictions. Copa, a regional airline, will reopen in July with 10-15% of its previous flights.”, J. Enrique Tellez, Senior Franchise Consultant, Panama City


“Moscow, Center of Russia’s Coronavirus Crisis, Emerges From Lockdown…Residents of the Russian capital emerged Tuesday from a strict coronavirus lockdown, a day after Moscow authorities announced they would lift key restrictions in a move Kremlin critics say is meant to project safety and normalcy ahead of two key events—even as infections in the city remain high.  Muscovites, who had been ordered to remain at home for more than 10 weeks, can now go outside without limitation, visit hair salons and take part in certain other activities—the beginning of what officials say will be a phased reopening of the city. By June 23, most businesses and other parts of ordinary life are expected to be fully up and running.”, The Wall Street Journal, June 9, 2020

“McDonald’s will open in Russia institutions with enhanced security measures: They will have divorced flows for couriers and guests, self-service kiosks, numbered tables and disinfectants. the restaurant will be marked, regulating the distance between people. McDonald’s employee in protective gloves will open the door for visitors. At the first stage of leaving the self-isolation regime, no more than 10 people will be allowed into the institution, at the second – no more than 20. But even after the complete removal of restrictive measures, the company promises to comply with increased safety rules. Flows of couriers and guests will be divided into different queues, as well as different entrances and exits. Upon entering McDonald’s, the guest will be asked to disinfect their hands and will be given a table number plate. It will be possible to make an order using the self-service kiosk. McDonald’s employees will bring the finished order.”,,  June 1, 2020. Translated for the EGS newsletter by Paul Jones & Co., Toronto

Saudi Arabia

“Saudi Arabia has reimposed a curfew in the Red Sea city of Jeddah 3 p.m. to 6 a.m. for two weeks starting on Saturday due to the spread of the coronavirus, and suspended work in offices, state news agency SPA reported. SPA said prayers in the city’s mosques had also been suspended.”, Reuters, June 5, 2020


“Singapore will allow small gatherings and the reopening of restaurants and shops from June 19, its health ministry said on Monday, in a major easing of the city-state’s coronavirus restrictions. Social gatherings of up to five people will be permitted from Friday, when the majority of activities resume after more than two months of restrictions, dubbed “circuit breaker” measures. Social distancing requirements will remain in place.”, Reuters, June 15, 2020

South Africa

“Schools reopen in South Africa as parents worry about safeguards: Children began returning to classrooms in South Africa on Monday as part of a gradual loosening of COVID-19 restrictions, even as some parents worried not enough had been done to guard against infections.”, Reuters, June 7. 2020


“Back to school for some, clubbing for others as Spain loosens restrictions: Pupils returned to school in some areas of Spain on Monday and nightclubs opened in others in a further easing of the country’s coronavirus lockdown… Nightclubs reopened in much of Spain though a widely mocked ban on dancing will be enforced to prevent infections.”, Reuters, June 8, 2020.

“Spain after COVID-19: From resilience and reimgaination”, McKinsey & Company, June 4, 2020


“Switzerland plans to open its borders to European Union countries, EFTA members and Britain on June 15, the government said on Friday, bringing forward its timetable as cases of the novel coronavirus ebb.”, Reuters, June 5, 2020


“Thailand eases more coronavirus restrictions, ends curfew…The new measures, which take effect Monday, were announced after more than six weeks in which the daily increase in cases was usually less than 10, and almost all new infections originated abroad.”, ABC News, June 12, 2020


“As of June 2, Turkey has started testing the normalization process. Accordingly, intercity travel bans have been lifted. Parks and other recreational spaces are reopened (people are expected to continue social distancing though). Children under 20 can go outdoors on Wednesdays and Fridays (this used to be one day only) and restaurants are reopened. We will see the outcome of this normalization attempt in 10-15 days. Meanwhile, international flights of Turkish Airlines opened for domestic flights on June 4th.”, Enver Celikbas, Istanbul

From the Turkish Airlines website on June 14th: they will start flying to Chicago and Washington DC as of June 19, 2020, to Los Angeles as of June 24, 2020 and to Miami as of June 22, 2020.  They will fly to Hong Kong and Seoul as of June 24th. Turkish Airlines will expand their Middle East flights between June 14-24. They started flying again to Europe June 11 and will expand these flights through June 21st. No date for flying to the United Kingdom has been set.

United Arab Emirates

“Punjab Grill is now open for dine-in business in Abu Dhabi. Reservations are mandatory!”

United Kingdom

“After Friday’s GDP number for April, which showed the economy crashed by an unprecedented 20% in a month, all eyes will be on the Bank of England. Jill Treanor, our City editor, reports that Governor Andrew Bailey is expected to unleash up to £150bn of extra stimulus into the system– on top of £645bn already carried out through money-printing, or quantitative easing. Meanwhile, jobs data is forecast to show the unemployment rate jumped from 3.9% to 4.5% in the three months to April.”, The Times of London, June 14, 2020

“Coronavirus: All shops can reopen from Monday if ‘Covid-secure’. Alok Sharma, the business secretary, confirmed that from June 15 non-essential retailers, such as clothes stores and bookshops, would be able to welcome customers for the first time since March 23 — but only if they had made their premises “Covid-secure”. Mr. Sharma said that other businesses, including pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and gyms, would remain shut until July 4 at the earliest. The announcement appeared to remove the idea that pubs with beer gardens would be allowed to open on June 22.”, The Sunday Times, June 10, 2020

“Apple will reopen a select number of its retail stores in the United Kingdom beginning June 15. All Apple Stores outside of Greater China closed on March 13 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and have been gradually reopening across the world since April.”, 9to5Mac, June 12, 2020

“Sunday trading laws will be suspended for a year and cafés and pubs will be given fast-track approval to serve food and drink outside under plans to boost the economy. Downing Street is drawing up a package of measures in response to mounting concern that Britain will face mass unemployment as it emerges from the coronavirus lockdown. The government is preparing legislation that will enable larger supermarkets to open for more than six hours on Sundays.”, The Times Of London, June 5, 2020

“Coronavirus in Scotland: Two hours to be served as McDonald’s opens again: Police were called to several branches of McDonald’s as the reopening of drive-throughs yesterday caused traffic congestion around the country. The fast-food giant opened 31 outlets for takeaway only in Scotland at 11am, triggering enormous queues. People waited in cars, on a day when temperatures reached 22C, for up to two hours to satisfy their cravings for burgers.”, The Times Of London, June 3, 2020

Articles About Doing Business in The Times Of COVID-19 and Beyond

“The $10 trillion rescue: How governments can deliver impact: Governments have announced the provision of trillions of dollars in crisis relief, but translating that into sustained recovery will not be easy.”, McKinsey report, June 4, 2020

“Beyond COVID-19: How Asia’s retailers can navigate the post-pandemic new normal.” A detailed report from Fung Business Intelligence, dated May 2020

“The future of work in Europe”. A discussion paper by the McKinsey Global Institute, The future of work in Europe takes a longer-term view of the situation, to 2030. Through a detailed analysis of 1,095 local labor markets across Europe, including 285 metropolitan areas, it examines profound trends that have been playing out on the continent in recent years and will continue to do so in the future.”, McKinsey, June 10, 2020

“Consumer sentiment is evolving as countries around the world begin to reopen. As restrictions lift and pockets of spending return, consumer behavior begins to adapt to the next normal. As the COVID-19 crisis continues and geographies around the world begin to reopen, consumer behavior has started to change.”, McKinsey, June 5, 2020

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William Edwards has 46 years of international operations, development, executive and entrepreneurial experience and has lived in 7 countries.   With experience in the franchise, oil and gas, information technology and management consulting sectors, he has directed projects on-site in Alaska, Asia, Europe and the Middle and Near East.  Founded in 2001, Edwards Global Services, Inc. (EGS) takes U.S. businesses global and currently has activity in 25 countries.  Our Clients are all consumer-faced brands.

William Edwards, CFE, is CEO and Global Advisor to Chief Executives, of Edwards Global Services (EGS). Contact Bill at or +1 949 224 3896.