Truckstop and travel center operators have been on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic ensuring that the truck drivers transporting critical goods across the country have access to fuel, food and places to park. Despite challenging conditions, NATSO members have acted in good faith to implement appropriate measures to keep their employees and customers safe and healthy. Simply being open for business, however, is enough for plaintiff’s attorneys to file lawsuits against businesses alleging that COVID-19 was contracted in the place of business.
Congress is negotiating a COVID-19 response package this week. As lawmakers consider the provisions that should be included in COVID-19 relief legislation, it is imperative that they hear from you on the need for liability protection. NATSO members who have continued to operate as essential critical infrastructure should not have to worry they will be sued for simply providing the products and services Americans need.
Businesses that have acted responsibly and fulfilled their obligations as essential critical infrastructure should not have to worry about plaintiffs’ lawyers filing class action lawsuits for remaining open and providing these critical services. Please write to your legislators and ask them for to include liability protection for essential businesses in the next COVID-19 relief package.