A very likely scenario with COVID-19 would be the inability to honor a contract, given that an office or team must be isolated in the workplace due to the outbreak of COVID-19. According to many force majeure clauses, this would likely have the effects and causation necessary to be considered a force majeure event, provided that the party concerned has taken all appropriate measures. A disruption that affects only the profitability of a contract cannot suffice for a claim of force majeure, unless there is an explicit contractual provision for such a situation. Similarly, an economic slowdown or other adverse general conditions would probably not be enough, even if it were clearly established that covid-19 was a key trigger for the slowdown. The importance of the force majeure clause in a contract, in particular in a contract of any duration, cannot be sufficiently emphasized, as it relieves a part of an obligation of the contract (or suspends that obligation). What may be an event or circumstance of force majeure can be the source of many controversies when negotiating the contract and one party should generally oppose any attempt by the other party to host something that should basically take that other party`s risk.  For example, under a coal supply agreement, the mining company may endeavor to include “geological hazard” as a force majeure event; However, the mining company should conduct extensive exploration and analysis of its geological reserves and not even negotiate a coal supply contract if it cannot take the risk of a geological boundary from time to time for its coal supply. The outcome of this negotiation depends, of course, on the relative bargaining power of the parties and there will be cases where force majeure clauses can actually be used by a party to evade responsibility for poor performance. Contractual remedies in the event of force majeure generally include an extension of the period of performance of these obligations or the suspension of the contractual service for the duration of the force majeure event.
If the event of force majeure extends over a long period, certain provisions may give the parties the right to terminate the contract. Force majeure is a French term that literally means “greater violence”. It is related to the concept of an action of events that conform to God, for which no part can be held responsible, such as a hurricane or tornado. Force majeure also includes human acts, such as. B armed conflicts. For events to constitute force majeure, they must generally be unpredictable, outside the contracting parties and unavoidable. These concepts are defined and applied differently in different jurisdictions. (f) the cessation of the supply of electricity which is not covered by the agreement concluded with the [public service]; or time-sensitive contracts and other sensitive contracts may be designed to limit the protection of this clause if a party fails to take appropriate measures (or specific precautions) to prevent or limit the effects of outside interference, whether likely or actually occurring. A case of force majeure may contribute to excusing, in whole or in part, the obligations of one or both parties.
For example, a strike may prevent the timely delivery of goods, but not timely payment for the delivered portion. . . .