Will our insurance cover us for coronavirus (Covid-19)?

Will our insurance cover us for coronavirus (Covid-19)?

The impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has profound implications for the global economy and for individual businesses. Government measures in the UK and overseas to slow the spread of the virus include social distancing, self-isolation and closure of businesses. Where businesses continue to operate they are exposed to financial risk caused by the consequent staffing shortages, reduced productivity, logistical problems and supply chain issues.

Businesses should check their insurance policies to verify whether the effects of coronavirus are within the scope of cover. Cover will depend on the wording of the policy. Some classes of insurance are more likely than others to provide cover.

For guidance and further information on the following types of insurance cover in the context of the coronavirus pandemic:

• property and business interruption insurance

• event cancellation insurance

• travel insurance

• liability insurance

• marine and cargo and trade credit insurance

• life insurance

see Practice Note: Coronavirus (COVID-19)—insurance considerations.

Practice Note Insurance clauses in commercial agreements—guidance notes may also be helpful.

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