Governor Mike DeWine yesterday signed House Bill 606 into law. House Bill 606 ensures civil immunity to individuals, schools, health care providers, businesses, and other entities from lawsuits arising from exposure, transmission, or contraction of COVID-19, or any mutation of the virus, as long as they were not showing reckless, intentional, or willful misconduct.
It also shields health care providers from liability in tort actions regarding the care and services they provide during this pandemic unless they were acting recklessly or displaying intentional misconduct.
Ohio’s business community has done an outstanding job responding to the current public health crisis and working to keep their employees and customers safe. H.B. 606 protects Ohio’s businesses and employers that are taking all of the steps asked of them to create a safe environment so that we can get more people back to work and grow the economy.
In July, Lt. Governor Husted announced that Governor DeWine signed onto a letter to Congressional leadership with 20 other fellow governors from across the nation, calling for reasonable limited liability protections for businesses, schools, healthcare workers, and governments as they are reopened during the COVID-19 global pandemic.