Governor Signs House Bill 606
There are many fears and risks with the liability exposure that businesses face as they move to reopen.
These fears and risks could further cripple the economic recovery. While significant economic support has been provided to
businesses, civil liability protection is now the next logical step of support that is needed.
Under Ohio House Bill 606, all Ohio employers are granted qualified immunity from lawsuits alleging their action or inaction exposed someone to COVID-19.
This immunity exists from the date of the governor’s state of emergency order – March 9, 2020 – and ends on Sept. 30, 2021, so Ohio businesses will
have immunity from these types of lawsuits for up to an 18-month period. In addition to this general immunity coverage, Ohio’s health care providers will also
have legal protections against litigation arising from care delivered in response to the coronavirus.
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