Advertisement

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

"The counter at Franks would usually be full regulars reading the paper, drinking coffee and...
"The counter at Franks would usually be full regulars reading the paper, drinking coffee and eating breakfast. Now, because of the Governor's restrictions on restaurants it sits empty. A sign of what is to come for restaurants across Louisiana."(Austin Kemker)
Updated: Jun. 15, 2020 at 9:31 PM CDT
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

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.

ONE-STOP-SHOP: Press conferences, stats, links related to COVID-19

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.

For more on the bill, click here.

Click here to report a typo.

Copyright 2020 WAFB. All rights reserved.