Since the earliest days of the current pandemic more than a year ago, it should have been obvious that honest businesses trying their best to handle something so unpredictable shouldn’t face lawsuits related to the coronavirus. Alas, Congress often misses the obvious.
On Monday, Florida joined 25 other states that have enacted such liability protections (not even counting gubernatorial executive orders). Florida’s new law is described as “the most aggressive COVID liability bill” in the United States, and Florida is the most populous state to have passed such a measure so far. Although most of its supporters were Republican, the law also garnered votes in favor from four Democrats in the Florida House and one Democrat in the state Senate.
As reported by the Orlando Sentinel, “COVID-19 claims against a business or health care provider now require an affidavit from a medical professional asserting the person contracted the virus on the company’s property and need to