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"We are pleased that they unanimously agreed with us that our commercial property insurance does not provide coverage for these COVID-19 losses," Betsy Ertel, spokeswoman for The Cincinnati Insurance Co. Inc. "We know that many businesses have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We have, continue to be, committed to doing our part to support the families and businesses in our agents' communities, including helping them proactively manage risks and promptly paying covered claims." (Credit: Sirtravelalot/Shutterstock.com) “We are pleased that they unanimously agreed with us that our commercial property insurance does not provide coverage for these COVID-19 losses,” said Betsy Ertel, spokeswoman for The Cincinnati Insurance Co. Inc. “We know that many businesses have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We have, continue to be, committed to doing our part to support the families and businesses in our agents’ communities, including helping them proactively manage risks and promptly paying covered claims.” (Credit: Sirtravelalot/Shutterstock.com)

In the first jury trial considering a COVID-19 business interruption case, The Cincinnati Insurance Co. Inc. was freed from having to cover the losses of a Kansas City, Missouri, restaurant management group that was forced to close at least nine locations as a result of coronavirus stay-at-home orders.

The jury’s verdict largely tracks with other COVID-19 business interruption decisions handed down by judges across the country. The world seems split when deciding these business interruption cases. The U.K. Supreme Court sided with policyholders in that countries test case, but the Australian test case was found in favor of the insurers.

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