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August 5, 2020

Without Federal Protection From COVID Lawsuits, Some Businesses Ask Patrons To Sign Waivers

As Congress continues to debate a phase four COVID package that is set to include timely, targeted and temporary liability protections, businesses are living in fear of COVID lawsuits. Washington D.C.’s News4 I-Team found in a recent report that many businesses are asking customers to sign a waiver promising not to sue the business if they get sick.

“Every business is addressing this a little differently,” said Harold Kim, president of the Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “If you’re doing the right thing, you shouldn’t be sued. That’s really the gist of it.”

ILR is pushing Congress to ensure that liability protections from COVID related lawsuits are provided to businesses that comply with states and federal guidelines as part of the latest coronavirus relief legislation. A coalition of more than 500 organizations, including ILR, recently sent a letter urging members of Congress to pass the SAFE TO WORK Act, which includes these protections.

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