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JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

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In other news, World Health Organization (WHO) officials say there's no scientific evidence that the coronavirus was created or manipulated in a lab. They say it most likely originated in bats.

Meanwhile, health officials in Wisconsin say they've identified at least 7 cases of the virus linked to in-person primary voting. Republicans forced voters into that.

Finally, major business lobbies are reportedly lobbying Congress for legal immunity from coronavirus-related lawsuits associated with reopening if it backfires when politicians tell them to reopen.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) are seeking temporary, legal and regulatory safe harbor legislation to curb liabilities for employers who follow official health and safety guidelines. The Business Roundtable, which represents corporate chief executives, is also exploring ways to limit coronavirus liabilities.

Businesses want to make sure that they are not held liable for policy decisions by government officials, should employees or customers contract COVID-19 once operations resume. They also want protection from litigation that could result from coronavirus-related disruptions to issues like wages and hours, leave and travel.

I'm sure there are businesses that have been or will be reckless all on their own, but at the same time I can kind of see their point here.

If Republican Governor Joe Dumbass tells them to reopen too soon and it leads to another outbreak, they don't want to be legally responsible for it.

Republican governors in Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee are reopening parts of their states as soon as this week even though there is no widescale testing regime or system for contact tracing in place. They're basically just saying 'fuck it, let's just do it and be legends.'

  • Christopher Foxx

    Businesses want to make sure that they are not held liable for policy decisions by government officials, should employees or customers contract COVID-19 once operations resume.

    Um, just because politicians make a policy decision that business CAN re-open, doesn’t mean that they HAVE TO reopen.

    Hey, business owner. If you chose (you choose) to re-open, if that presents a danger to your employees then that’s on you.

    “Hey, the gov’t says I can build a house on this swamp. So when the house *I* then *choose* to build in this dangerously unstable place collapses and injures someone, I should bear utterly no responsibility for that.”

    It’s just another version of “Look what you made me do!”

  • Draxiar

    What a pickle to be in. If you open your business you run the risk of getting infected and spreading infection. If you don’t open your business it has a good chance of imploding due to overhead costs that are now active.

    What a chocolate mess.