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Protect Independent Grocers from Liability During the COVID-19 Crisis

Independent grocers are proud to be designated as essential critical infrastructure by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and we take our responsibility seriously to feed the American public during this challenging time.

Unfortunately, there are efforts by some opportunistic trial attorneys to take advantage of the current crisis to file unfounded lawsuits against grocers alleging their clients contracted the virus on the premises of a grocery store or distribution center. The independent supermarket industry has led from the very beginning of the coronavirus crisis to protect the health of both customers and employees. Grocers are working around the clock to ensure a safe environment for everyone through vigorous sanitation and social distancing practices and providing PPE for employees.

Please urge your Senators and Representatives to include a liability protection measure for essential infrastructure businesses in the next (phase 4) COVID-19 federal response bill.

Only Congress can help prevent a flood of litigation and demand letters against grocers who are simply doing their part and staying open to serve the American public during the crisis. Independent grocers cannot afford a wave of frivolous litigation at a time when our communities need us the most.

Given the threat to our businesses and workers, please send a letter to your Members of Congress asking their support for liability protection language for businesses designated as essential critical infrastructure by the DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s guidance in the next (phase 4) COVID-19 federal response bill.

Our industry is serving the real, immediate needs of the American people and they should not have to worry they will be sued for simply providing the products and services Americans need right now.