Since the WHO declared the SARS-Coronavirus-2 (COVID-19) outbreak a pandemic on 11 March, many European countries have enforced measures that restrict the movement of people and curtail economic activity. With the closure of construction sites and cancellation of events, this has serious consequences for the equipment rental industry, including the health and safety of rental companies’ staff, the suspension or cancellation of rental contracts, the management and maintenance of machinery, and the ability to retain staff and pay salaries.
On this page you will find links to information provided by rental associations, news updates relevant to the sector, important policy information and other associated information. The page will be updated as more information becomes available.

Please also see our news feed for the latest information about how the crisis is affecting the rental industry, watch the IRN Webinar on Rental & COVID-19 and listen to the podcast below on the trend towards renting construction equipment and why it is likely to continue in light of COVID-19.

Information from national and international rental associations

Association of Finnish Technical Traders – Survey of technical trade companies on impact of COVID-19; Information on the coronavirus situation

Fédération DLR – Communications on COVID-19; DLR contacts for information

BBI – What rights do landlords and tenants of machines have in times of the corona pandemic? (members only)
Canadian Rental Association – COVID-19 Updates 
Hire Industry Association of New Zealand – Coronavirus information
Hire and Rental Industry Association, Australia – Coronavirus Updates 
International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) – Coronavirus/COVID-19 update

Construction sector updates

COVID-19 statement on behalf of the European construction sector
International Rental News – Construction and COVID-19: rolling news update
Committee of European Construction Equipment (CECE) – Covid-19 updates 
European Builders Confederation (EBC) Updates on Covid-19
European Demolition Association (EDA) – Information about COVID-19
European International Contractors (EIC) – COVID-19 and the Global Construction Business
European Federation of Engineering Consultancy Associations (EFCA) – COVID-19 Impact Survey 
European Construction Industry Federation (FIEC) – COVID-19 updates, including an overview of EU and national measures

European policy updates

Recovery plan for Europe including a EUR 750bn 'Next Generation EU' recovery instrument and a reinforced long-term budget
Temporary Framework for state aid enabling Member States to use the full flexibility foreseen under state aid rules to support the economy
Access to finance – Sources of financial support in Europe (per country)
Measures adopted for immediate release of cohesion funds – Legislation releasing funding from the EU budget to tackle the COVID-19 crisis
EUR 750bn Pandemic Emergency Purchase Programme (PEPP) – a temporary asset purchase programme of private and public sector securities
Pan-European Guarantee fund (EIB) – Support for SMEs, mid-caps and corporates, aiming to mobilise up to EUR 200bn
Banking Package – Facilitates bank lending to businesses and households

Practical guidance on the continuous flow of goods across the EU via 'green lanes' – Guidance on border management in order to keep freight moving across the EU and ensure that EU-wide supply chains continue to operate
Database and Map of government measures in Europe (per country)
Joint European Roadmap to phase out the containment measures due to the coronavirus outbreak
Sources of updated information on COVID-19 in the EU/EEA and the UK 
EU-OSHA guidance on a safe return to work


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