CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine will signed House Bill 606 into law on Monday afternoon during a special ceremony with several state lawmakers.
Now in effect, House Bill 606, also known as the “Good Samaritan Expansion Bill," grants employers of “essential” operations legal immunity from civil lawsuits related to COVID-19.
Employers protected from liability for injury, death, or loss that was caused by the transmission of the coronavirus would include hospital workers, volunteers, grocery store employees, churches, and delivery drivers.
The bill is retroactive to March 9; the date the state of emergency in Ohio was declared.
House Bill 606 was introduced by Republican State Rep. Diane Grendell
Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, Senate President Larry Obhof, and Speaker of the House Robert Cupp also participated in the 2 p.m. bill signing ceremony.