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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.”

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 Wyoming Department of Health provides COVID-19 case, variant, death, testing, hospital and vaccine data online. The department also shares information about how the data can be interpreted. COVID-19 safety recommendations are available from the CDC.