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Before everything changed in March with the spread of COVID-19, the collision repair industry was rolling along and the economy was good.

With the coronavirus spreading faster than public health officials can track it, California could become one of the first states to mandate that businesses notify workers and state officials any time an employee has been exposed to the disease.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said his electric car company’s headquarters will remain in California for the short term.

State senators, by an overwhelming majority, early Aug. 4 advanced legislation that would extend COVID-19 liability protections to Nevada businesses, nonprofits, schools and governmental agencies while also outlining several measures intended to protect hospitality workers.

While shops throughout the Golden State are coming up with new ways to survive during the pandemic, things are still happening at the Capitol, according to Jack Molodanof, registered lobbyist for the California Autobody Association (CAA), and president of Molodanof Government Relations.

Businesses---but not health facilities---would get immunity from liability for death or injury stemming from COVID-19 if they substantially followed directives aimed at preventing the spread, according to a draft expected to be introduced in the Nevada Legislature’s special session.

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