TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- Businesses and medical facilities concerned about legal problems concerning the coronavirus pandemic may get to rest easy.
A news release from Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann’s Office said medical facilities that followed public safety guidelines are immune from civil liability for coronavirus related lawsuits.
The bill extended that protection to other organizations as well.
According to the press release, these also include: “...first responders, schools or other educational entities, non-profit organizations, and businesses.” These all can enjoy immunity from coronavirus lawsuits.
This after Legislation recently passed a new bill, Senate Bill 3049.
In the release, Lieutenant Governor Hosemann is quoted to have said, "The last thing our hospitals and others, many of whom have employees who have put themselves at great personal risk, need is to be faced with unfounded legal claims."
"Right now, we need our healthcare workers, businesses, and communities focused on health and safety, and recovery," the release quoted him again.
Front-End Manager Ronnie Kelly of Todd’s Big Star said his business has been following strict sanitary guidelines.
“We’ve been sanitizing our buggies daily and sanitizing registers,” Kelly said.
Kelly said he thinks this is a breath of relief for a lot of businesses on edge during the pandemic.
"I think it is for all the businesses, especially, you know, our little store, other big stores,” he said.
Kelly added that he thinks businesses all over will be happy about the new law.
“...that will protect the businesses from a lawsuit over all this virus [stuff] that’s going on,” he said.
“I believe the public can rest easy knowing that they’re doing everything that they can do to follow through.”