Companies, notably important companies like grocery and comfort shops which have stayed open all through the pandemic, threat having to battle unfounded COVID-related lawsuits in court docket. Whereas it will be tough to show the place somebody contracted the virus, given how widespread it’s, there may be nothing stopping prospects who enter an institution to position the blame on the enterprise proprietor in hopes of successful a settlement in court docket.
The overwhelming majority of companies have completed an excellent job of abiding by the ever-changing well being and security rules on the federal, state and native ranges, usually instituting these adjustments at nice private price to enterprise house owners. Those that put up plastic dividers in between cashiers and prospects did so with funds out of their very own pockets. Limiting capability resulted in an excellent better discount in gross sales at a time when extra individuals had been staying dwelling, and enterprise was down throughout the board.
However enterprise house owners confronted these challenges head on, adapting usually, all to maintain their workers and prospects secure whereas attempting to maintain their enterprise open. On common, small enterprise income was down about 17% from the start of 2020. And whereas some proceed to battle, worse but, others broke underneath the pressure of those challenges. As of the tip of November, the variety of small companies open in Nebraska was 18% fewer than it was in January, solely 10 months prior.
The very last thing struggling companies ought to be worrying about whereas specializing in how they’re going to hold their doorways open and their employees employed is combating costly and unfounded lawsuits in court docket.