Will business interruption insurance provide coverage for coronavirus losses? Sadly, despite the situation the nation now finds itself in, in most cases the answer is “no.” Because this type of insurance is typically part of a commercial property policy, the insured party is indemnified only against losses from direct physical damage caused by a covered event. This is so even if the policy contains coverage for losses caused by forced closure of property by civil authority, for example closure resulting from physical damage to adjacent or nearby property.
You may have passed on interruption insurance because policy costs range from $750 to $10,000 or more, depending on business size. But consider this: Today there are a greater number of earthquakes, storms, floods and heatwaves damaging businesses in major ways. Since 1970, the number of disasters has more than quadrupled worldwide.
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