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The Bottom Line: Coalition urges Beshear to protect state’s reopening through liability measures

Ashli Watts, Kentucky Chamber president and CEO

By Jacqueline Pitts, The Bottom Line

FRANKFORT, Ky. — In a letter to Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear, key groups from across the state pointed to the critical need for protections for employers in the uncertain times of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many employers stepped up to provide emergency personal protective equipment to first responders. All employers now face significant new requirements to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The Kentucky Chamber sent the letter from a coalition of groups including Greater Louisville Inc., Commerce Lexington, Northern Kentucky Camber, Kentucky League of Cities, Kentucky Restaurant Association, Kentucky Distillers Association, Kentucky Retail Federation and many others.

The group asked the governor to work with the legislature to protect Kentucky’s recovery by enacting protections for businesses and organizations acting in good faith to implement Healthy at Work, CDC, and local health department requirements and recommendations dealing with the pandemic.

“As we Restart Kentucky, uncertainty remains, and businesses and organizations must follow new requirements never before implemented,” the letter states. “This reopening of our economy is critical to avoid lasting economic and health declines. Still, some businesses remain fearful that despite their compliance with new rules, they could face predatory claims that threaten their recovery. By no means are we asking for blanket immunity … During these times of uncertainty, we ask you to find ways to create some sense of certainty, allowing our businesses to operate with some assurances in place.”

The letter was also sent to legislative leaders of both parties.

“Kentucky businesses are doing everything in their power to ensure the safety of their employees, patrons, and all Kentuckians. Job creators should have the confidence that when they follow the CDC and Healthy at Work requirements they will be protected by predatory claims,” Kentucky Chamber President and CEO Ashli Watts said.

Read the full letter here.