AB 247

  • California Assembly Bill
  • 2021-2022 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Assembly
  • Assembly
  • Senate
  • Governor

COVID-19 emergency: small businesses: nonprofit organizations: immunity from civil liability.


Existing law, the California Emergency Services Act, permits the Governor to proclaim a state of emergency during conditions of disaster or of extreme peril to the safety of persons and property, including epidemics. Existing law provides that the proclamation takes effect immediately, affords specified powers to the Governor, and terminates upon further proclamation by the Governor or by concurrent resolution of the Legislature. The Governor proclaimed a state of emergency March 4, 2020, related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Existing law generally provides that everyone is responsible, not only for the result of their willful acts, but also for an injury occasioned to another by that person's want of ordinary care or skill in the management of their property or person, except as specified. This bill would exempt a small business or nonprofit organization with 100 or fewer employees from liability for an injury or illness to a consumer, as defined, due to coronavirus (COVID-19) based on a claim that the consumer contracted COVID-19 while at that small business or nonprofit organization, or due to the actions of that small business or nonprofit organization. The bill would require the small business or nonprofit organization, for this exemption to apply, to have implemented and substantially complied with all applicable state and local health laws, regulations, and protocols. Under the bill, this exemption would not apply if the injury or illness resulted from a grossly negligent act or omission, willful or wanton misconduct, or unlawful discrimination by the business or nonprofit organization or an employee of the business or nonprofit organization. The bill would apply these provisions only until the termination of the state of emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic, regardless of when the claim is filed. The bill would repeal these provisions on January 1, 2023. The bill would include related legislative findings.

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Mar 22, 2021


Re-referred to Com. on JUD.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on JUD.

Mar 18, 2021


Referred to Com. on JUD.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on JUD.


From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to Com. on JUD. Read second time and amended.

Jan 14, 2021


From printer. May be heard in committee February 13.

Jan 13, 2021


Read first time. To print.

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01/13/21 - Introduced PDF
03/18/21 - Amended Assembly PDF

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