The COVID-19 outbreak led the UK government to provide clarification to contracting authorities and suppliers to adapt to unprecedented circumstances due to the outbreak in relation to the procurement of goods and services.
The UK government issued guidance on 18 March 2020 (PPN 02/20), which is not legally binding, advising that contracting authorities must act immediately to ensure suppliers “at risk” are in a position to resume normal contractual performance and delivery once the COVID-19 outbreak is over. As such, contracting authorities should grant relief to suppliers. However, PPN 02/20 is currently time-limited until 30 June 2020 and the UK government has not yet announced any extension of it.
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