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Newsom Rolls Back California’s COVID Openings, Orders Halt to Indoor Operations

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday ordered the closure of indoor operations at gyms, hair salons, houses of worship, personal-care services, malls and non-critical office settings amid rising rates of people testing positive for COVID-19. Statewide indoor closures include restaurants, …

Walmart in New Mexico Ordered to Close After 4 Workers Test Positive

New Mexico work safety regulators Saturday ordered Walmart to close a store in Las Cruces, after four employees tested positive for COVID-19 in the past three weeks, the New Mexico Environment Department said. A “notice of imminent endangerment” issued by …

P/C Insurance Survey: 55% Back Worker Presumption; 54% See Interrupt Cases Failing

A slight majority (54%) of property /casualty insurance industry professionals think insurers will succeed in defeating legal and political attempts to force them to pay business interruption claims from the coronavirus pandemic. A slight majority (55%) also believe that that …

Officials Say Portland Businesses Lost $23M Due to Ongoing Protests

Downtown businesses in Portland, Ore. have sustained about $23 million in damages and lost customers because of violent nightly protests that have brought the city to its knees, authorities said Wednesday. At a police briefing, Deputy Chief Chris Davis said …

81,000 Arizona Businesses Get Coronavirus Loans

Just over 81,000 Arizona small businesses were approved for loans worth $8.6 billion under a government program meant to keep people employed during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to data released Monday by the federal government. The Arizona companies reported saving …

Hawaii’s Quarantine is Reasonable During Pandemic, Judge Says

A U.S. judge will not stop Hawaii from enforcing a quarantine on arriving travelers, saying in a ruling that the emergency mandate is reasonable during the public health crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. A group of Hawaii, California and …

California Governor Orders Bars in 7 California Counties to Close

Gov. Gavin Newsom has ordered bars that have opened in seven California counties, including Los Angeles, to immediately close and urged bars in eight other counties to do the same, saying the coronavirus was rapidly spreading in those parts of …

Insurer Counters Income Loss Claims by Arguing Restaurants Operated Takeout Service

An insurer fighting business income claims from restaurants is arguing in part that there is no coverage because businesses were allowed to provide takeout and delivery service during lockdowns. Society Insurance, based in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, has filed a …

Lawmaker Details Federal Reinsurance for Pandemic Business Interruption, Event Losses

New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney has introduced the Pandemic Risk Insurance Act of 2020, a federal backstop for pandemic-related business interruption insurance modeled after the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act. “This is the only bill I have written that people are …

Property Damage – Is It Because the Government Says It Is?

Property Damage: Is it “Property Damage” Just Because a Jurisdictional Order Uses the Term “Property Damage”? Some plaintiff attorneys are almost giddy over the fact that several jurisdictions used the term “property damage” in their respective emergency declarations to justify …