Although there hasn’t been any further movement to speak of on this issue at the federal level to date, more states are providing businesses with varying levels of protection from liability lawsuits stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, 7 states already have legislation on the books, two have issued executive orders protecting business and another three are currently moving legislation to that effect forward. Utah was first to provide protection when Governor Gary Herbert signed business liability shield legislation on May 4. Subsequently, Alabama, Wyoming and Oklahoma all legislated protections during the month of May while North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper did so by Executive Order – limited to “essential businesses”. Last month, the governors of Kansas, Louisiana, and Iowa all signed business liability shield legislation into law, while Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson issued an executive order providing similar protections through next January at least. As of this writing, legislation is also pending before the aforementioned Governor Roy Cooper in North Carolina and moving through the legislatures of Georgia, Mississippi and Ohio as well.