A poll taken by the National Federation of Independent Business found that the top three concerns of small business owners during the coronavirus crisis are:
- Getting customers back (43% very concerned)
- Increased liability (38% very concerned)
- Being able to stock up on hand sanitizer and disinfectant supplies (38% very concerned)
Businesses that are legally permitted to reopen and are anxious to bring back customers still need to be careful of the legal ramifications that may follow. Clients may file claims that a business was responsible for infecting them, that a business isn’t following social distancing or sanitization regulations, and so on.
U.S. lawmakers are still butting heads over the idea of including an immunity clause for small businesses that reopen during the crisis. Republican leaders would like to limit small business liability, while Democrats believe that blanket immunity could leave to unsafe health practices.