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DeSantis Signs COVID-19 Liability Lawsuit Protection Bill

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Businesses can now be shielded from lawsuits if they show they're attempting to follow COVID-19 guidelines.

Florida businesses, governments and healthcare providers will be protected from coronavirus lawsuits if they made a good effort to follow guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday signed a bill providing the protections.

The legislation was the first bill to go to the governor during the 60-day legislative session that began March 2.

In order for a lawsuit to move ahead, a plaintiff would have to show that the defendant deliberately ignored guidelines.

A plaintiff would also need a signed affidavit from a doctor stating with reasonable certainty that injury or death caused by COVID-19 was a result of the defendant’s actions.

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