• The impact of the curfew on businesses

The impact of the curfew on businesses

Yunis Salayev , Managing Partner |

29 September 2020

In connection with the occupation of the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan and surrounding areas by the armed forces of the Republic of Armenia and regular military provocations, martial law was imposed on 21 large cities and the regions bordering Nagorno-Karabakh starting from 28 September for an indefinite period by decree of President Ilham Aliyev, as well as a curfew from 21:00 to 06:00. During this period only employees of public authorities, as well as employees of companies operating in areas such as health and social services, infrastructure, transport and logistics, basic production, retail and wholesale, household services, media, activities of educational institutions, activities to ensure the protection and technical safety of private legal entities are allowed to operate providing that they will obtain special permits.

 

 

Additionally, on September 28, President Ilham Aliyev has announced a partial mobilization.

 

Let's consider the situation in terms of the consequences of the regime for businesses in Azerbaijan.

 

It is worth noting that the standard schedule of work for most companies is within the limits set by the curfew. Their operations, in principle, will not be disturbed. Considering the partial mobilization, personnel up to 35 years old who have previously served in the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan may be summoned for military service. Therefore, companies should be prepared for a temporary and small reduction in the number of employees.

In accordance with the martial law, not only the human resources of organizations, but also material resources can be mobilized, i.e. movable and immovable objects and vehicles can be seized from companies. All of these, of course, shall be proportionally compensated by the State.

Freedom of movement shall be limited by the time frame, the boundaries of the city or region, and the inability to leave the Republic of Azerbaijan through air borders, since all flights from the country have been cancelled at least for the near future. It should be noted that the land borders have been open for more than six months only for transportation in strategically important areas due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Given martial law, it is worth being prepared for additional restrictions that may be imposed depending on the circumstances.