Senator Doug Jones Should Support Essential Businesses

Written by Brian Young on May 13, 2020 | Opinion Article

As the U.S. Senate debates liability protections for businesses over the coming weeks, I hope Senator Doug Jones will stand up for essential businesses and support reasonable protections against unfair lawsuits related to the coronavirus. 

As a convenience store owner, we have made every effort throughout the coronavirus pandemic to remain a resource to our neighborhoods, so customers have access to fuel, food, and other supplies. In addition, we have instituted several adjustments to protect the health and safety of our customers, as well as our employees. 

We have installed protective barriers, our employees have worn face masks, and we have increased the frequency of cleaning both inside and outside the stores. Our employees have stepped up in an incredible way, making every effort to protect our customers, including pumping fuel for the elderly. 

Their valiant efforts deserve to be rewarded, not punished. If Congress does not support liability protections for essential businesses, legal fees could put stores like mine out of business. Given the already rapidly rising unemployment rate, this would be devastating for our workers and especially unacceptable given the sacrifices they have made throughout this crisis. 

Businesses that have acted irresponsible shouldn’t be protected, but If a business has taken adequate safety precautions for employees, customers and others, Congress should provide these essential businesses liability protection from groundless civil suits related to COVID-19. Essential businesses took on the additional responsibility to remain open, despite financial and logistical challenges, and deserve the support of Congress.

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