COVID-19 Premises Liability Legislation Circulating in Wisconsin Legislature

Sen. Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield), Rep. Mark Born (R-Beaver Dam), and Rep. Dan Knodl (R-Germantown) are circulating legislation to shield Wisconsin businesses, schools, universities, and other entities from the threat of lawsuits alleging liability for COVID-19 exposures. Such protections would only apply to those who take adequate precautions to keep their premises safe.

On September 9, a broad coalition of over 60 groups, including Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, National Federation of Independent Businesses – Wisconsin, Wisconsin Civil Justice Council, Wisconsin Association of School Boards, Wisconsin Builders Association, Wisconsin Restaurant Association, Midwest Food Products Association, local chambers and Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin sent a memo urging legislators to co-sponsor and act on the bill.

The Legislature likely will not re-convene until January.