Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove are calling on Governor Murphy to immediately sign legislation (S-3584) to protect senior communities from potentially expensive pandemic-related lawsuits now that the measure has passed both Houses of the Legislature as of June 30.
Specifically, the legislation would prohibit any causes of action for damages arising from a COVID-19 exposure or transmission on the premises of a planned real estate development. The immunity would not apply to acts or omissions constituting a crime, actual fraud, actual malice, gross negligence, recklessness, or willful misconduct.
The 9th District legislators issued the following statement on S-3584, which was introduced by the Senator Linda Greenstein:
“Residents of senior communities should have easy access to their clubhouses and pools without the fear of COVID-related lawsuits.
“Out of caution, many home owner associations, which are mostly run by volunteers, have been hesitant to fully reopen community facilities out of fear being sued. This, unfortunately, has been to the detriment of impacted residents who are understandably anxious to return to a sense of normalcy, as they see the rest of the state reopening.
“From the outset, our delegation has supported legislative efforts to provide senior communities, as well as youth sports leagues, with legal immunity from COVID-related lawsuits.
“Given the extraordinary measures taken by the state over the past year-plus in response to COVID, Trenton can certainly enact a sensible policy to allow residents of senior communities to resume their activities without worrying about their homeowner association paying out thousands of dollars in legal costs.
“Plain and simple, this is a quality-of-life issue for hundreds of thousands of impacted seniors that the Governor can address with the stroke of a pen.”
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