Despite several governors trying to restart their economies, many small businesses will be reluctant to reopen immediately due to the risk of lawsuits over Covid-19.

Cruise lines have already been sued by customers who were either infected by Covid-19 or had issues with their cruise ships’ response to the outbreak, and regardless of the merits of these lawsuits, they may set a precedent for other businesses to be sued, including small businesses unable to cope with litigation.

Unless President Trump and Congress acts to shield small businesses from severe Covid-19 liability, especially when these businesses have no control over a virus that originated in China, there’ll be a eradication of Main Street, USA, that hasn’t been seen since the spread of Wal-Mart in small towns.

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