State lawmakers considering rules protecting businesses from COVID liability

Businesses worried about the risk of reopening may be shielded by new rules under development.

The owners of businesses take on a lot of risk and one of those is liability if a customer or staff member is hurt.

Some business owners are worried about their liability if someone gets sick with COVID-19 while within their purview.

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“There is a lot of legal uncertainty out there, and in some cases it can be quite paralyzing,” said Wendy Block, the vice president of business advocacy and member engagement for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce in an article in Bridge Magazine.

Some state lawmakers are responding by developing legislation that they say would prevent frivolous coronavirus lawsuits against business owners.

Rep. Thomas Albert (R-Lowell) is spearheading the legislation. He said, under his vision of the bill, as long as a business is following state laws and orders they would be protected from civil liability.

And a person wouldn’t be able to sue just because they contracted COVID-19.

“Someone would have to be harmed to bring a suit,” he said.

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