Governor Parson Expands Call to Special Session, Proposes New Legislation Regarding COVID-19 Liability

Today, Governor Mike Parson expanded his call to special session to include a new bill regarding COVID-19 liability. The proposed legislation provides liability protection relating to a declared state of emergency for health care providers, manufacturers, businesses, schools, churches, and nonprofit organizations, among others.  Following the first identified case of COVID-19 in Missouri on March 7, 2020, Governor Parson signed an Executive Order on March 13 declaring a state of emergency. Since that time, Missouri’s hospitals and health care providers have altered practices and operations accordingly to respond and provide care to COVID-19 patients. Similarly, manufacturers, businesses, and many other entities across the state have modified operations, provided equipment and supplies, and remained open to ensure continued access to basic goods and services for Missouri citizens. The proposed legislation includes three main provisions regarding liability protection:

Liability protection for health care workers who provide care as necessitated by a declared state of emergency.

Products liability protection for any person who designs, manufactures, labels, sells, distributes, or donates products in direct response to a declared state of emergency.

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