COLUMBUS, Ohio (WPTA21) - Gov. Mike DeWine on Monday signed into law a measure that protects Ohio businesses and schools from certain COVID-19-related lawsuits.
HB 606 offers immunity at the state level from civil action unless reckless or intentional conduct is proven.
The bill reads, in part: "In Ohio, it has been the responsibility of individuals going into public places to avoid exposure to individuals who are sick. The same is true today: those individuals who decide to go out into public places are responsible to take those steps they feel are necessary to avoid exposure to COVID-19, such as social distancing and wearing masks."
Immunity will apply to a term that began March 9, when the governor issued a State of Emergency, through the end of September 2021.
In addition to businesses and schools, entities such as churches and nonprofits are included.