South Carolina Governor Signs Liability Shield Legislation Into Law

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

As expected, on April 28, 2021, Governor Henry McMaster signed the “South Carolina COVID-19 Liability Immunity Act” (Senate Bill 147) into law. The act, which provides protection from “coronavirus claims” to a broad class of covered entities and covered individuals, went into effect immediately and “appl[ies] to all civil and administrative causes of action that arise between March 13, 2020, and June 30, 2021, or [180] days after the final state of emergency is lifted for COVID-19 in [South Carolina], whichever is later, and that are based upon facts occurring during this time period.” For more information on the law’s provisions, employers can review our recent article, “South Carolina Expected to Implement Liability Shield Law to Protect Businesses From Certain COVID-19–Related Claims.” A ceremonial signing of the act is expected to be held in the near future.

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