On Monday, Governor Mike DeWine signed HB 606 into law during a virtual event. The legislation grants civil immunity to individuals, schools, health care providers, businesses, and other entities from lawsuits arising from exposure, transmission, or contraction of COVID-19. Lawsuits are still permitted in cases where someone is accused of helping to spread the virus through intentional or wanton misconduct or reckless disregard of the consequences. The immunity takes effect in 90 days and will run through September 30, 2021.
“Employers have reason to hesitate before making operating decisions due to risks associated with the coronavirus and the potential legal liability they may face,” said Kevin Johnson of NexGenInteractive and Chair of the COSE Board of Directors. “Protecting employers and health care providers is critical. GCP appreciates Governor DeWine, Senate President Obhof, and Speaker Cupp for their leadership on this issue. The legislation that was approved will offer necessary liability protection from litigation arising from the pandemic while we do all that we can to safeguard our employees in a very challenging environment.”
Click here for a recent state advocacy communication GCP signed-on to in support of the legislation, as part of a larger effort with various, diverse Ohio groups and organizations.
GCP/COSE small business leaders, Kevin Johnson and Tim Opsitnick, participated in the virtual event as Governor DeWine officially approved the bill.