Florida lawmakers file bill to provide COVID-19 liability protections

by: Jake Stofan

Posted: Jan 7, 2021 / 09:34 PM EST/ Updated: Jan 8, 2021 / 05:07 AM EST

FILE – In this May 5, 2020 file photo, a help wanted sign shows at Illinois Air Team Test Station in Lincolnshire, Ill. U.S. employers advertised more jobs in June 2020 compared with May, but overall hiring fell, painting a mixed picture of the job market. The number of jobs posted on the last day in June jumped 9.6% to 5.9 million, the Labor Department said Monday, Aug. 10 a solid gain but still below the pre-pandemic level of about 7 million. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Cap News Services) – Florida businesses could be shielded from frivolous COVID lawsuits under legislation unveiled by both chambers of the legislature.

Florida Republicans say businesses in the state that have been operating through the pandemic deserve special protections, to prevent a second economic hit from lawsuits blaming businesses for COVID infections.

“If they’re following the guidelines they’re going to have a safe harbor from liability going forward,” said State Senator Jeff Brandes.

Senator Brandes is sponsoring the legislation.

Business would have to be shown with clear and convincing

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