Kentucky has officially enacted a law that protects businesses and health care providers from certain COVID-19 related lawsuits, according to a report in Law 360. The bill, S.B. 5, was passed by lawmakers in the Kentucky General Assembly in late March and became law on Sunday after it was left unsigned by Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear.
The law states that premises owners and health care providers can’t be held liable for coronavirus-related injuries suffered by patients or business invitees during the state health emergency sparked by the pandemic. The law excludes cases involving gross negligence or wanton, willful, malicious or intentional misconduct.