How Does Business Interruption Insurance Work?

Business Interruption Insurance coverage is typically triggered under a commercial insurance policy when a covered risk or peril causes physical damage to the insured premises resulting in the need to shut down business operations.  For example, if a fire damages a business and the business cannot operate during repairs, business interruption coverage would be available subject to the terms and limits in the policy.

When does Business Interruption Insurance Begin?

Most policies require a waiting period of 24 to 72 hours before business interruption insurance coverage begins and coverage continues for the reasonable period of time to restore the property and reopen, subject to the coverage limit of liability.  Some commercial policies provide Business Interruption coverage when a business is shut down due to an Order by a civil authority.  However, the policy still typically requires a physical loss from a covered peril as the underlying cause of the business shut down to apply.

Is Coronavirus Covered Under Business Interruption Insurance?

All insurance policies have exclusions of coverage for risks that are too great to be underwritten at an affordable price.  For example, commercial and personal property insurance policies typically contain specific exclusions for loss or damage caused by war, nuclear action and radiation.  The potential loss costs from such perils are so extreme that providing coverage would jeopardize the financial solvency of property insurers. Global pandemics like Coronavirus (COVID-19) usually fall into this category.  However, policies can be different.  We recommend that our clients review their policies and contact us to discuss any questions.
Florida Insurance Hub would like to reassure clients that we are closely monitoring insurance issues related to Coronavirus.  As an agency, we are advocates for our clients, making sure insurance companies treat customers fairly and follow the provisions in their policy and applicable state laws.

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