Prompted largely by a spike in the number of coronavirus lawsuits filed against businesses, efforts to create federal liability protections have been resurrected. As we’ve advised in past issues, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has called the creation of federal liability shields his “red line” for the next legislative aid package. Since May 1, not even 6 weeks ago, nearly 1,300 lawsuits related to the coronavirus have been filed against various businesses. Several states have passed or are pursuing liability limiting legislation for pandemic-related litigation targeting businesses. Georgia Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan recently editorialized that the state legislature needs to enact the protections when it reconvenes next week. And this past week, Pennsylvania seemingly got in the act as a group of republican lawmakers introduced several pieces of legislation that would provide protections for business from COVID-19 related lawsuits. Although most would only protect businesses within the healthcare industry, legislation filed yesterday by Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York) and Senator Doug Mastriano (R-Adams) would go beyond healthcare and shield businesses from liability for claims related to their ongoing authorized operations during a declared disaster emergency. Further, it would prohibit any licensed professionals from facing administrative sanctions for continuing to provide their services during disasters.