The Georgia Chamber applauds Governor Kemp for signing Senate Bill 359 into law which protects Georgia businesses from liability due to the transmission of COVID-19. The bill provides a heightened standard of gross negligence for three types of claims: (1) claims for transmission of COVID-19, (2) claims for medical malpractice related to COVID-19, and (3) claims against manufacturers of personal protective equipment (PPE). The final bill also contains a potential defense of “assumption of the risk” for business owners who post a sign warning of the inherent dangers of contracting COVID-19.
Chris Clark, President & CEO of the Georgia Chamber shared, “We appreciate the leadership of our state in working hard to solve the ever-evolving challenges that COVID-19 produces for our economy and for our society. Thanks to Governor Kemp’s signing of SB 359 and continued admonition to practice safer health measures, Georgia can continue moving forward to a more resilient future.”
To read the full bill including the parameters for business operations to effectively find coverage under SB 359, please click here: http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/20192020/195211.pdf. For ongoing updates on Georgia COVID-19 response, recovery and resiliency, please visit www.gachamber.com/covid19.