Rep. Ted Budd Proposes Liability Shield for Small Businesses

Washington, D.C. -- Today, Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) introduced the Protecting Reopening Businesses Recovering from COVID-19 Act. The bill would help protect businesses and certain medical facilities as they conduct operations by providing a legal liability shield from frivolous lawsuits.

Rep. Budd said in a statement:

“Congress should be doing everything in our power to make sure that small businesses are able to reopen as quickly as possible. My bill helps achieve that goal by preventing businesses and certain medical facilities from being hit with frivolous legal claims relating to COVID-19. Standing up for our country’s job creators and workers has never been more important.”

Bill background:

For the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency, no business or medical facility would be liable for damages arising from a claim that an individual contracted COVID-19 at the business or medical facility if the establishment was:

  • Operating in a fashion consistent with any applicable State or Federal guidelines or requirements on reopening.

  • Using measures outlined by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention or any other State or Federal agency to mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19, including requiring individuals to wear face coverings, sanitizing the workplace, practicing social distancing, and using temperature checks. 

The requirements in this bill do not apply to a business or medical facility that a court has determined to have acted grossly negligent.

Full text of the bill can be found HERE

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