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These resources – like the public health crisis itself – are constantly evolving and are only current as to the date of publication. This page was last updated on July 16, 2020.

For more up-to-date information on the relief programs available in North Carolina, we recommend that you visit the state's COVID-19 Information Hub, the North Carolina Department of Commerce or the North Carolina Center for Nonprofit Organizations' Nonprofit Pandemic Resources

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Description of Program and Relief

Immunity to Individuals, Businesses, and Other Entities for Claims Related to Contraction of COVID-19

The General Assembly of North Carolina has passed a law that provides immunity to individuals, businesses, associations, divisions of government, agencies, and any other legal entities for claims of relief arising from any act or omission alleged to have resulted in the contraction of COVID-19, unless such act or omission is the result of gross negligence, willful or wanton conduct, or intentional wrongdoing.

The law also obligates these businesses or entities (except for individuals in their personal residences, unless used as a business) to provide reasonable notice of actions taken for the purpose of reducing the risk of transmission of COVID-19 to individuals present on the business’s or entity’s premises. Businesses and entities are not liable for the failure of any individual to comply with rules, policies, or guidelines for which notice was provided.

Government or Lead Agency

The General Assembly of North Carolina

Dates Available

Effective July 2, 2020 through 180 days after the rescission or expiration of North Carolina’s state of emergency declaration.

Eligibility Requirements/Restrictions

Immunity is available for claims arising no later than 180 days after North Carolina’s state of emergency declaration is rescinded or expires. The law applies only to claims of contraction of COVID-19. The law does not prevent or preclude employees from pursuing remedies under North Carolina’s Workers’ Compensation Act. The law does not provide immunity for gross negligence, recklessness, or intentional infliction of harm.

Application Deadlines (If Applicable)

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Contact for More Information

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