On March 17, 2021, the Georgia General Assembly passed House Bill 112 (“HB 112”), which proposes to extend the Georgia COVID-19 Pandemic Business Safety Act through July 14, 2022. Unless vetoed, HB 112 will become law as soon as it is signed by Governor Kemp, or by default after forty-five days.
By now, most community associations have placed signage at their entrances, amenities and/or buildings consistent with the language provided for in the Georgia COVID-19 Pandemic Business Safety Act. If your community has not put up this signage, we highly recommend doing so, especially before the start of the 2021 pool season. This includes signage in at least one-inch Arial font placed apart from any other text stating the following:
“Under Georgia law, there is no liability for an injury or death of an individual entering these premises if such injury or death results from the inherent risks of contracting COVID-19. You are assuming this risk by entering these premises.”
The one-year extension of Georgia COVID-19 Pandemic Business Safety Act does not mean that community associations should stop taking precautions regarding COVID-19, but it will continue to relieve some of the potential risk with opening up amenities in the face of little to no insurance coverage. If you have any questions or concerns regarding HB 112, please contact your association’s attorney.
We will continue to provide updates regarding COVID-19 and any related policies and/or legislation.