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Editor’s Note: In this week’s question, the subscriber questioned coverage for coronavirus on a specific CGL policy that contained a total pollution exclusion endorsement and a medical payments exclusion.
Question: Our insured has a commercial general liability policy through Allianz. Please help me understand if this policy would cover business interruption pertaining to COVID-19. (The subscriber submitted the specific policy for FC&S to review)
Analysis: Many questions are arising concerning insurance coverages that may be available to cover the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Businesses are suffering financially from the closures and quarantines implemented to stop the spread of the virus. Many business owners are looking to their insurers for help. Commercial insureds are posing business interruption and liability questions, and this opens a new territory for insurance policy analysis since traditional insurance policies did not contemplate pandemics when drafting coverage. Most liability policies have exclusions for infectious disease, pollution, and fungi and bacteria, and property policies provide coverage for direct physical loss or damage and actions of civil authority in connection with direct physical damage.
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