Florida Business Groups Seek COVID-19 Liability Shield

More than 60 business groups in Florida joined hands to persuade state lawmakers to pass a liability shield for institutions, as many businesses from different sectors continue to experience a painful downturn due to COVID-19.

More than 60 business groups in Florida joined hands to persuade state lawmakers to pass liability shields for institutions, as many businesses from different sectors continue to experience a painful downturn due to COVID-19.

The business entities’ move was released on Monday, urging lawmakers to create liability protection to protect them from having lawsuits.

The Florida Retail Federation and the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association are the ones who led the movement to demand safe harbor for all of the business groups.

“Florida businesses that are working hard to kick-start the economy, get people back to work, and protect those already working need assurances that they will not face even more financial hardships from opportunistic lawsuits,” the alliance of business groups said in a statement.

In light of the coalition’s movement, Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis said he is currently working on legislation to launch COVID-19 liability protections for businesses.

Patronis said this move would help small businesses avoid COVID-29 lawsuits ahead of Florida’s legislative session in 2021.

This is also Florida’s attempt to shield businesses from COVID-19 lawsuits ahead of the state’s 2021 legislative session.

“Since the pandemic began, I’ve spoken to countless business owners and held meetings with Chambers of Commerce statewide and they all share the same open-ended liability fears and concerns,” Patron said in a statement. “We must allow business owners who follow the proper health and safety guidelines to be protected from frivolous lawsuits and sue and settle tactics that will stifle our state’s recovery.”


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