Businesses that have decided to reopen during the pandemic are in a difficult position. By reopening, they can start to recoup lost revenue and help their staff put food on the table. But by reopening, they also risk potentially inviting lawsuits due to Covid-19 related illnesses and damages. If you’re wondering if Dallas business can get sued due to Covid-19, we’ve compiled the most recent developments.
What’s the current state of Covid-19 lawsuits in Texas?
At the time of this writing, it is still currently possible for your Dallas business to get sued by customers or employees for Covid-19 related damages.
However, there is good news for business owners. Earlier this year, Gov. Greg Abbott indicated that he wanted protections put in place for Texas businesses that are open and following best practices for safe operations.
This month, the Texas Senate approved protections against Covid-19 related lawsuits for businesses that are actively implementing and complying with state and local safety protocols.
The protections are expected to cover:
- Businesses both large and small
- Health care providers
- First responders
- Educational institutions
- Religious institutions
These protections are retroactive and will apply to lawsuits that were filed prior to Senate Bill 6 if passed. The bill will now go to the House.
How can Dallas business owners protect their staff?
S.B. 6 aims to protect businesses that are acting in good faith and are actively taking steps to protect their staff and customers. This means it’s in your best interest to do everything you can to prevent your staff from getting sick in the first place.
Some steps you can take are:
- Providing personal protective equipment
- Having your business professionally sanitized every day
- Rearranging your workplace to comply with social distancing guidelines
- Provide onsite Covid-19 tests for your staff
- Keeping up-to-date with the latest business guidance for Covid-19
How onsite Covid-19 testing works
Onsite Covid-19 testing is a straightforward and hassle-free process. First, a mobile medical service such as Drip Hydration will consult with you to develop a testing plan designed for your business’ needs. They will then send a nurse (or team of nurses, if your business is large enough) to set up a testing location at your workplace.
The testing location is generally in a private area, such as a spare office or other private room. The nurses will then administer tests to all participating employees. Depending on the type of test you choose, the nurses will either process them onsite for results in as little as 15 minutes or take them to a lab for processing, with results available within 3 business days.
If someone on staff does test positive, your nurses can provide guidance as to your next steps. You will then be able to make the best decisions to protect the rest of your staff and break the chain of transmission.
Why not rely on employees to get tested on their own time?
Onsite Covid-19 tests are more efficient and effective than relying on your staff to get tested. Tests provided at your workplace eliminate the question of who has or hasn’t been tested, and ongoing programs ensure that you catch an active case of the virus before it has the chance to spread.
Simple, Safe Covid-19 Testing At Your Workplace
Actively protecting your staff with onsite testing can help your Dallas business avoid getting sued due to Covid-19, as well as prevent closures and lost revenue. Drip Hydration can help with tests that can detect an active case of Covid-19 in as little as 15 minutes. We will work with your business to develop and implement a customized testing plan with discounts depending on business size.
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