Directors’ main duties during the COVID-19 crisis are related to taking the necessary action as instructed by the competent authorities. The key issues concern the safety of company employees, proper hygiene in the workplace, addressing the financial sustainability of the company and taking the required measures to reopen business activity by implementing all COVID-19 protocols in force.
Certain business activities are explicitly listed as being under the obligation of quarantine and a complete shutdown of operations. Any breach of such obligation would trigger directors’ personal liability. Those activities which are permitted require a director to obtain in advance the relevant authorisation to operate. Further, the director should notify the State Health Inspectorate, Institute of Public Health, State Labour Inspectorate and the Local Health Care Unit that the company is operating.
Due to the financial constraints the business is facing during COVID-19, directors have the obligation to use the financial aid provided by the government in lessening the impact of the crisis, to pay the company’s employees the salary support provided by the state budget and to maintain the solvency of the company as long as possible.
The directors face logistical and financial issues in implementing COVID-19 protocols on social distancing in the workplace, which in many instances require significant changes to the work environment. In addition, the directors are responsible for due implementation of COVID-19 hygienic-sanitary measures on the company’s premises.