State Law Gives Businesses COVID Liability Protections
Businesses in one Midwestern state now have more protections against being held liable for COVID-19 exposure, while a southern state mulls similar policy.
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers signed into law a bill that gives businesses, nonprofits, associations, long-term care providers, schools and government groups immunity from civil lawsuits for injury or death pertaining to a person's exposure to COVID-19 at the location in question, reports The National Law Review.
The immunity covers claims for related incidents that occurred after March 1, 2020, unless legal action had been filed before the bill went into effect on Feb. 27, 2021.
The immunity does have its limits. For example, events where COVID-19 exposure is proved to be caused by reckless or wanton conduct or intentional misconduct is not protected by the law.
Similarly, the South Carolina Senate passed a bill calling for COVID-19 liability protections for businesses on Feb. 25, reports The Post and Courier Columbia. However, the bill still requires House approval, the prospect of which the report said was uncertain.
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