SB5067: COVID-19 virus; immunity from civil claims related to transmission of or exposure to the virus.


SENATE BILL NO. 5067
FLOOR AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE
(Proposed by Senator Petersen
on September 2, 2020)
(Patron Prior to Substitute--Senator Saslaw)
A BILL to provide immunity from civil claims related to the transmission of or exposure to the COVID-19 virus; emergency.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. § 1. A. For the purposes of this act, unless the context requires otherwise:

"Person" has the meaning prescribed in § 1-230 of the Code of Virginia.

B. In the absence of gross negligence or willful misconduct, no person shall be liable for any civil cause of action arising from any act or omission alleged to have resulted in the contraction of or exposure to the COVID-19 virus by an invitee, provided that the person claiming such limited immunity has made a good faith effort to comply with all binding laws and regulations regarding COVID-19 at the time the cause of action accrued and at the location where the cause of action accrued.

C. The provisions of this act shall constitute an affirmative defense and they shall not limit or abrogate any other defenses or immunities available at law.

D. The provisions of this act shall not apply to claims before the Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission seeking benefits payable under the Virginia Workers' Compensation Act (§ 65.2-100 et seq. of the Code of Virginia) or to any appeals of such claims that must be subsequently adjudicated in a court. The provisions of this action shall not preclude in any way the jurisdiction of any administrative agency of the Commonwealth or its subdivisions charged with enforcing laws and regulations related to occupational or public safely, including those regulations promulgated under the COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard, 16VAC25-220, adopted by the Safety and Health Codes Board on July 15, 2020.

2. That an emergency exists and this act is in force from its passage.

3. That the provisions of this act shall 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.


SENATE BILL NO. 5067
AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE
(Proposed by the Senate Committee on the Judiciary
on August 26, 2020)
(Patron Prior to Substitute--Senator Saslaw)
A BILL to provide immunity from civil claims related to the transmission of or exposure to the COVID-19 virus; emergency.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. § 1. A. For the purposes of this act, unless the context requires otherwise:

"Person" includes (i) individuals, corporations, nonprofit corporations, business trusts, estates, trusts, partnerships, limited liability companies, sole proprietorships, associations, and joint ventures; (ii) the Commonwealth or any locality, or any agent thereof, or any person acting on behalf of the Commonwealth or any locality; and (iii) any other legal or commercial entity.

B. In the absence of gross negligence or willful misconduct, with respect to the premises at issue, no person shall be liable for any civil cause of action arising from any act or omission alleged to have resulted in the contraction of or exposure to the COVID-19 virus. The defendant shall bear the burden of proving entitlement to the immunity provided herein.

C. Every person shall 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. In the absence of gross negligence or willful misconduct, no person shall be liable for the failure of any individual not under the control of such person. This act shall not apply to premises owned by a natural person, other than premises that are used in the operation of a sole proprietorship.

D. The provisions of this act shall not limit or abrogate any other defenses or immunities available at law.

E. The provisions of this act shall not apply to claims before the Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission seeking benefits payable under the Virginia Workers' Compensation Act (§ 65.2-100 et seq.) or to any appeals of such claims that must be subsequently adjudicated in a court.

2. That an emergency exists and this act is in force from its passage.

3. That the provisions of this act shall 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.

SENATE BILL NO. 5067

Offered August 18, 2020
Prefiled August 17, 2020
A BILL to provide immunity from civil claims related to the transmission of or exposure to the COVID-19 virus; emergency.
Patron-- Saslaw

Referred to Committee on the Judiciary

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. § 1. A. For the purposes of this act, unless the context requires otherwise:

"Person" includes (i) individuals, corporations, nonprofit corporations, business trusts, estates, trusts, partnerships, limited liability companies, sole proprietorships, associations, and joint ventures; (ii) the Commonwealth or any locality, or any agent thereof, or any person acting on behalf of the Commonwealth or any locality; and (iii) any other legal or commercial entity.

B. In the absence of gross negligence or willful misconduct, no person shall be liable for any civil cause 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.

C. Every person shall 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. No person shall be liable for the failure of any individual not under the control of such person to comply with rules, policies, or guidelines contained in the notice required by this subsection. This subsection shall not apply to premises owned by an individual, other than premises that are used in the operation of a sole proprietorship.

D. The provisions of this act shall not limit or abrogate any other defenses or immunities available at law.

E. The provisions of this act shall not apply to claims before the Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission seeking benefits payable under the Virginia Workers' Compensation Act (§ 65.2-100 et seq.).

2. That an emergency exists and this act is in force from its passage.

3. That the provisions of this act shall 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.