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August 4, 2020

Without COVID Liability Protection, Arizona Schools Face Possible COVID Lawsuits

The Arizona Legislature has abandoned a measure that would have limited coronavirus liability for schools when they reopen, and now the state faces an insurance crisis that will jeopardize whether schools will be able to open their doors, according to a report in Legal Newsline.

The Arizona School Risk Retention Trust, which provides insurance for about 250 school districts and community colleges, told its members that it won’t be providing coverage for any COVID claims.

The news that COVID claims will not be covered came two months after the state’s Senate failed to act on a liability-protection bill that narrowly passed the House. The bill, sponsored by Rep. John Kavanagh, said schools and businesses would not be liable for any person who contracted COVID-19 during the state of emergency except in instances of gross negligence. 

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