COVID-19 virus; immunity from civil claims related to transmission of or exposure to the virus. (HB5074)

Introduced By

Del. Rip Sullivan (D-Arlington) with support from co-patron Del. Mark Sickles (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Immunity from civil claims related to the transmission of or exposure to the COVID-19 virus; emergency. Provides immunity to a person, as defined in the bill, from civil causes of action arising from any act or omission alleged to have resulted in the contraction of or exposure to the COVID-19 virus, provided such person has complied with applicable and the most recent federal, state, and local laws, policies, procedures, and guidance regarding COVID-19. The bill requires every person to provide, with respect to any premises owned by the person or under the person's possession, custody, or control, reasonable notice of actions taken by the person for the purpose of reducing the risk of transmission of COVID-19 to individuals present on the premises. The bill contains an emergency clause and specifies that the provisions apply to claims arising no later than 180 days after the expiration or revocation of all states of emergency declared by the Governor related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the Bill »

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Bill Has Failed


08/18/2020Prefiled and ordered printed with emergency clause; offered 08/18/20 20200543D
08/18/2020Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
08/26/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
08/26/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB5074)
08/26/2020Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (13-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
08/26/2020Committee substitute printed 20201035D-H1
08/26/2020Incorporates HB5037 (Miyares)
08/26/2020Incorporates HB5040 (O'Quinn)
08/26/2020Incorporates HB5110 (Ransone)
08/26/2020Incorporates HB5019 (Runion)
08/26/2020Substitute bill reprinted 20201035D-H1
08/28/2020Read first time
08/31/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB5074H1)
09/02/2020Floor substitute printed 20201119D-H2 (Miyares)
09/03/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB5074H2)
09/03/2020Motion to rerefer to committee agreed to
09/03/2020Rereferred to Courts of Justice
11/09/2020Left in Courts of Justice

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB5067.