Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey recently signed a bill offering liability protections for businesses, health care providers, and schools into law, according to a report in law 360.
Alabama’s S.B. 30 protects businesses, churches, schools, health care providers, government entities and other groups from lawsuits alleging they are responsible for the spread of COVID-19. The new legislation does not protect entities from lawsuits if they “caused the damages, injury or death by acting with wanton, reckless, willful or intentional misconduct.”
“While the impact of COVID-19 has been felt across the country and around the world, we remain committed to helping Alabamians and Alabama businesses get back on their feet and our state moving forward,” Gov. Ivey said in a statement issued by her office. “Additionally, we are ensuring that our state will continue to grow our diverse economy, and we are protecting our existing businesses from any frivolous lawsuits due to COVID-19.”
Thirty-five states already have some form of protections for businesses, including most recently Indiana, and South Dakota.