HARRISBURG – The PA Chamber of Business and Industry wants Gov. Tom Wolf to include targeted COVID-19 liability protections as part of his fall agenda. Chamber President Gene Barr said the re-opening of the economy and start of the school year have brought challenges as restrictions and safety guidelines remain in place to combat COVID-19. Across the state, businesses, nonprofits, child care and academic facilities, and the medical community have invested resources, time, and energy in order to adhere to guidelines and operate in a safe manner. Those who have made the investment should proceed with confidence that they will not be targeted with unwarranted lawsuits brought by opportunistic plaintiffs’ attorneys seeking to capitalize on the pandemic. Barr added that some PA employers are already being targeted, including some for safety policies the governor himself has directed the business community to enforce. The litigation threat puts the state at risk for additional economic and societal hardships. The protections will encourage best practices by safeguarding those operating in good faith to comply with safety requirements, while still holding bad actors accountable. Limited liability protections are a critical component to moving PA forward through the next phase of this pandemic.

GENE BARR