Ill. Panel adds another loss of viral coverage for restaurants

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By Josh Liberatore (June 30, 2022, 10:02 p.m. EDT) — An Illinois appeal panel has again ruled against restaurant owners seeking to cover pandemic-related losses, ruling Thursday that a group of restaurants had not suffered any direct physical loss or property damage due to COVID-19.

A three-judge panel has ruled that 14 Illinois restaurant and tavern operators were not eligible for coverage under commercial property damage liability policies with Society Insurance for losses they suffered. suffered when their home state issued COVID-19 shutdown orders beginning in March 2020 that forced restaurants to stop offering dine-in services.

“The plaintiffs’ business interruption claim resulting from the imposition of the COVID-19 Executive Orders was an economic loss and not a ‘physical…

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