Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 4:00 PM

Dear GOA members,

On the last day of the Georgia legislative session, the House and the Senate voted to pass Senate Bill 359, commonly known as the COVID-19 immunity bill. Yesterday, Governor Brian Kemp signed the bill into law.

The bill limits the ability of people to sue healthcare providers, including optometrists, if they are diagnosed with COVID-19.
 
This bill shields practices from legal liability unless they show “gross negligence, willful and wanton misconduct, reckless infliction of harm, or intentional infliction of harm.” 

In order for your practice to be protected under SB 359, you MUST display a flyer with the following language:

"Warning

Under Georgia law, there is no liability for an injury or death of an individual entering these premises if such injury or death results from the inherent risks of contracting COVID-19. You are assuming this risk by entering these premises."

The law mandates the sign must be posted at a point of entry, if present, to the premises and the sign must be written in at least one-inch Arial font placed apart from any other text.
Providing you with the education, information, and resources you need to serve your patients remains our number one priority. The GOA is committed to providing you with vital information during this time of uncertainty.
 
Thank you for all that you are doing for your patients, community, and our profession during this public health emergency. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.

Sincerely, 





Jeanne Perrine, OD
GOA President
Diplomate, American Board of Optometry
 
#TeamGOA…We’ve got your back
 
*This memo was compiled with assistance from GOA General Counsel, Aubrey Villines.