Bill to protect La. restaurants from coronavirus lawsuits signed into law

Bill to protect La. restaurants from coronavirus lawsuits signed into law
Louisiana lawmakers are debating whether residents should be able to sue a restaurant if they think they contracted COVID-19 at the restaurant. (Source: Austin Kemker)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - On Monday, June 15, Governor John Bel Edwards signed a bill into law protecting restaurants from liability when it comes to the coronavirus.

Now that the bill has been signed, residents cannot file a lawsuit against a restaurant and accuse them of giving them the coronavirus, either through food preparation or serving of the food.

The bill, SB 508 proposed by State Sen. Patrick McMath (R-Covington), protects restaurants going all the way back to March 11 and until Gov. Edwards officially ends the public health emergency.

Dine-in, takeout, drive-thru, and delivery food service are all be protected by the new law.

There are some exceptions for negligence on the part of the restaurant, though a judge would ultimately decide what that means.

The idea was widely supported by state legislators as a way to protect restaurants that are already hurting because of the coronavirus pandemic and economic shutdown.

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