ICYMI: Mariposa Gazette: "Borgeas Asking Newsom to Help Protect Businesses"

By Greg Little – Editor
May 21, 2020

There are so many aspects to the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s almost impossible to get a grasp on the issues.

But Sen. Andreas Borgeas … says one issue needs to be addressed quickly — legal immunity for business owners and their employees.

… Borgeas is teaming up with various lawmakers around the Central Valley — Democrats and Republicans alike — and asking Gov. Gavin Newsom to consider signing an executive order.

“We must protect businesses and their employees, complying with state and local guidelines from Covid-19 lawsuits, so they can reopen without the cloud of litigation looming overhead,” said Borgeas.

… “That would send a chilling effect across the economy,” he said. Borgeas has a background as an attorney and professor of law and feels that gives him “some insights into the vulnerability of economic recovery.”

… “This would not be applicable to those who do not follow the health protocols,” said Borgeas.

… “In order for the valley to have the strongest say, it is best when we show a united front,” said Borgeas. “This has been my personal philosophy as a state senator.”

He said several Democrat legislators have signed onto the letter, as well as the majority of Republican lawmakers, including Assemblyman Frank Bigelow, who represents Mariposa County.

… The senator is asking Newson to expand it “for the duration” of the current declared emergency in California. He said once the emergency is over, it would no longer be in effect.

Borgeas said he has had conversations with the governor’s office and is hopeful they are taking the matter seriously. He said during the pandemic, he recommended the governor consider allowing restaurants to open, with restrictions, under Stage 2 of the reopening process. Newsom took that under advisement and Borgeas said it was ultimately included in the reopening rules.

… He said employees, too, have a role to play and “have to abide by the approved health regulations of the controlling entity. Now that we are moving toward more localized county control, they have to abide by the health protocols.”

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