Small Businesses Shouldn't Have to Police Customers When It Comes to Masks

Date: June 17, 2020

NFIB State Director Annie Spilman released the following statement today in response to the order by Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff directing businesses to require employees and customers to wear face masks when social distancing isn’t possible:

“Judge Wolff’s ruling opens struggling small businesses to hefty fines and potential litigation, which further highlights the need for legislation that addresses liability protections.

“Texas business owners are deeply concerned about the possibility of trial lawyers exploiting the pandemic for financial gain. When we surveyed our Texas members this spring about the challenges they face as the state reopens, 71% said increased liability related to the pandemic.

“The shutdown had a devastating impact on the Texas economy. Orders like Judge Wolff’s puts owners in the difficult position of policing their customers while trying to reopen and rebuild their businesses. That’s why we’re asking our elected leaders here and in Washington, D.C. to take steps to protect small businesses from predatory lawsuits that target them when they’re at their most vulnerable.”

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