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Wyoming Legislature considering making businesses immune from COVID-19 civil liabilities


CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Legislature is set to consider legislation during the special session which would make business entities, including nonprofits, immune from civil liabilities stemming from coronavirus exposure or illness.

The mirror bills House Bill 1005 and Senate File 1005 would make business entities, nonprofits, property owners, lessees and users “immune from civil liability for any action or omission that resulted in alleged exposure to or the contracting of coronavirus on the property or premises of the property owner, property lessee, property user or business entity.”

The immunity from civil liabilities would not apply “if the injury from actual or perceived exposure to or the contracting of coronavirus resulted from an intentional action of exposing an individual to coronavirus.”

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The legislature began the special session at 8 am Friday. They will resume the session at 8 am Saturday if they do not complete their work on Friday.

The special session can be viewed on the Wyoming Legislature’s Youtube page or can be listened to on the legislature’s website.

The public can provide comment to the legislature regarding the proposed legislation at this online hotline.

The Latest Statistics from the Wyoming Department of Health:

What to do if you are feeling sick: In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Casper-Natrona County Health Department says that people who are feeling sick or exhibiting symptoms should contact their primary physician.

If you do not have a primary care provider, and live in Natrona County, please contact the COVID-19 hotline, operated by the Casper-Natrona County Department of Health. The line is open Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 577-9892. Hotline services are intended for Natrona County residents and may not be able to provide specific information to persons calling from out of county.

Officials ask that you please do not self-report to the Emergency Room. Persons experiencing problems breathing should call 9-11.

For general inquiries and non-symptom related questions about COVID-19, please contact the Casper-Natrona County Health Department via email: covid@cnchd.org

  • Practice Social Distancing by putting distance between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

A list of area closures attributed to COVID-19 are available here.