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DeWine signs bill giving businesses, schools civil immunity during pandemic

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.

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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