Governor Murphy Issues Executive Order Mandating Legal Immunity for Healthcare Workers
Governor Murphy’s new executive order mandates legal immunity for healthcare workers providing services during COVID-19 crisis. Issued on Wednesday April, 1st, this is no April Fools’ joke, as Governor Murphy has provided for legal immunity for healthcare workers to provide medical services during this COVID-19 crisis that may be outside of the normal “scope of practice”. The order makes clear that those healthcare workers who are being called upon to respond to COVID-19 will be immune from civil liability for action taken in good faith. The order does not protect against gross negligence. The Executive Order should encourage more doctors, nurses and other professional not on the front lines to volunteer their time as the state prepares to open four temporary hospitals. Announcement of the Executive Order was published here.
The order has not been published on the Governor’s Website, but we will be providing a summary as it comes available.