In the summer of 2020, Governor Brian Kemp signed the COVID-19 Pandemic Business Safety Act (the “Act”) to limit COVID-related liability for certain Georgia businesses. The Act can provide protection from COVID-19 related claims from non-employees, if explicit warning language is posted at your business.
NOTE: The protection has been extended through July 14, 2022 for businesses who maintain the proper entry signage. Read this article for more details about the original Act signed last summer and this article from Fisher Philips about the extension.
Nonprofits should clearly post the following language at all sites of entry: “Under Georgia law, there is no liability for an injury or death of an individual entering these premises if such injury or death results from the inherent risks of contracting COVID-19. You are assuming this risk by entering these premises.” The Act specifies the size and font of the warning (at least 1 inch Arial font placed apart from any other text). A template with the Act’s warning language is provided here. Once your organization prints out the warning language, measure the font with a ruler to confirm it is at least 1 inch when printed (you may need to modify your paper size or printer settings to ensure the minimum 1 inch font).NEW GEORGIA LAW PROVIDES SOME PROTECTION FOR NONPROFITS AND HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS FROM COVID-RELATED LIABILITY