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Coronavirus Policy Comment Letters

May 27, 2020

Coalition Letter on Liability Relief Legislation In Response to the Pandemic

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This week, The Real Estate Roundtable along with over 200 organizations wrote to Congress urging them to provide temporary and targeted liability protections for businesses struggling to reopen and operate safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The letter asks that Congress quickly enact temporary liability protections for:

(1) businesses, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions that work to follow applicable public health guidelines against COVID-19 exposure claims;

(2) healthcare workers and facilities providing critical COVID-19-related care and services;

(3) manufacturers, donors, distributors, and users of vaccines, therapeutics, medical devices, as well as PPE and other supplies (such as hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies) that are critical to the COVID-19 response; and

(4) public companies targeted by unfair and opportunistic COVID-19-related securities lawsuits.

These crucial protections should safeguard businesses, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions, as well as healthcare providers and facilities from unfair lawsuits so that they can continue to contribute to a safe and effective recovery from this pandemic.