The lessee could not invoke the COVID-19 pandemic as a force majeure case that releases it from the rent payment. However, through the Military Ordinance no. 2/2020 (applicable as of 22 March 2020 hours 22:00), activity in all shopping centres (not only shopping malls) has been temporarily suspended, except for sale of food, pharmacy, veterinary and cleaning services. This is in addition to the suspension of the activity of restaurants, bars, coffee shops, cosmetic salons in force since 16 March 2020 (irrespective of whether they are located in shopping centres). As such, since lessors cannot comply any longer with their obligations to ensure the quiet enjoyment of the spaces in the shopping centres, the lessees would have grounds under the Civil Code to ask for the suspension of the rent payment starting from 22 March 2020, the date when the lessors were not able any more to provide the use of the leased spaces. In principle, lessors could challenge in court the lessees' decision to suspend the rent payments on the above-mentioned grounds (and given the courts' very limited activity at present, such a challenge would not have an immediate result). In addition, a Government Emergency Ordinance no. 29/2020 has also been enacted which provides that small and medium enterprises (governed by Law 346/2004) which obtain a certificate evidencing the state of emergency (issued by the Ministry of Economy) following interruption of their activity due to the state of emergency are entitled to the postponement of their duty to pay utilities and rent for their main and secondary registered offices.