It may not be all that businesses need, but there’s many positives to be drawn from Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signing HB 606 into law just over one week ago. The “Good Samaritan Expansion Bill”, as the legislation is known, provides employers with state-law immunity from civil actions brought by customers, employees or others for injury, death or loss related to exposure to the novel coronavirus – unless the business is guilty of reckless conduct or intentional misconduct. Furthermore, the new law provides that public health orders issued by the state’s executive branch do not create any new legal duties for purposes of tort liability. Retroactive to March 9, 2020, the date of the declared COVID state of emergency, the law provides protection to all Ohio entities, including schools, non-profit and for-profit entities of any size. It is scheduled to expire on September 30, 2021. Elsewhere on the issue of COVID liability, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis came out this week and endorsed the notion of placing limits on coronavirus-related litigation for the first time. DeSantis gave the nod to legislators considering a bill to protect “run-of-the-mill businesses” if/when the legislature reconvenes in a special session in mid-November. The Governor explained that he believed that Congress would address the liability issues nationally, but now doubts that will happen.