Coronavirus: new law on the measures to combat the Covid-19 pandemic

28 Sep 2020


Dorothée David

The Law of 23 September 2020 modifying the modified law of 17 July 2020 on the measures to combat the Covid-19 pandemic (hereinafter the “Law”) was published in Mémorial A no. 784 of 23 September 2020 and came into force the same day.

In particular, the Law stipulates the following new provisions:

  • Mandatory wearing of masks

The exemption to the obligation to wear a mask for people with a disability is extended to people with an illness. In both cases, the individuals concerned will need a medical certificate confirming this exemption.

It is also specified that wearing a visor does not fulfil the obligation to wear a mask.

  • Accelerated recruitment of healthcare professionals

Within the context of the measures to combat the spread of the Coronavirus, the possibility to employ healthcare professionals on a fixed-term contract, as government employees, on the presentation of a copy of their licence to work, is extended to include pharmacists and psychotherapists[1].

These people can be assigned to a hospital, a care home, a healthcare network or anywhere else that care is given in Luxembourg.

  • Self-isolation

The self-isolation period for somebody who has been infected, as decided by order of the Director of Public Health or their representative, is reduced from 14 to 10 days.

In a press release published on 24 September 2020, the Ministry of Health specified that the self-isolation measures imposed before 23 September 2020 automatically come to an end on the 10th day following the date on which the order came into effect (date of positive test).

  • Extension until 31 December 2020 

All the measures resulting from the modified law of 17 July 2020, in particular regarding the wearing of masks, gatherings of more than ten people and preventive measures applicable in the Horeca sector (see our Newsflash of 28 July 2020), are extended until 31 December 2020.


[1] The Law is talking here about individuals with a licence to work issued on the basis of the modified law of 31 July 1991 determining the conditions for licences to practise as a pharmacist, or the law of 14 July 2015 creating the profession of psychotherapist.