COVID-19 Recovery Act and Limited Immunity for Essential Business
Whether your business has remained fully open during Governor Cooper’s “stay-at-home” order, is providing reduced services and offerings, or has temporarily closed, the business community at large has expressed concerns about future legal claims by customers and employees related to COVID-19 illness. This is a topic that has been discussed at the federal level and by several states, including North Carolina. NCRLA strongly advocated for these measures. On May 2 the General Assembly ratified Senate Bill 704: the COVID-19 Recovery Act, and on May 4, 2020, Governor Cooper signed it into law.
North Carolina’s COVID-19 Recovery Act contains a number of provisions in its 70 pages, including several provisions dealing with limitations on liability for health care workers, essential businesses, and emergency response entities.
We asked our corporate partner and NCRLA Allied Member of the Year,
Stephanie Gaston Poley
, to help us understand what this means for the restaurant and lodging industry in North Carolina.
- Who is covered?
- What Protections Are Provided?
- Complying with Best Practices
- What About Worker’s Compensation Claims?