FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 11, 2020
Department Warns of Risks, Increased Liability with Non-Compliance of
Business Closure Orders
Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner
Jessica Altman today reminded businesses of the importance of complying
with Governor Tom Wolf and Department of Health Secretary Rachel Levine’s
orders – for counties in both the red and yellow phases.
In addition to the critical
public health objectives, Commissioner Altman warned non-compliant
businesses defying the governor and secretary’s business
closure orders that many insurance policies contain provisions
that exclude coverage for businesses or individuals engaging in illegal
acts or conduct. These exclusions may apply to property coverage, liability
coverage, advertising injury coverage, and a host of other essential
residents rely on insurance coverage to protect them from liability, pay
for covered losses, and compensate those who may be injured or harmed,”
said Altman. “It is the duty of every business and resident in Pennsylvania
to ensure that they and the public at large are provided with the maximum
level of protection afforded by insurance. Any actions that could
potentially create coverage gaps are the antitheses of the civil duty
required of all residents during these times of emergency.”
is offered to all Pennsylvania businesses and residents, regardless of in
what county they reside. The department strongly encourages businesses or
residents who have questions or concerns regarding insurance coverage
during the phased reopening of businesses in this commonwealth to reach out
to their insurance carrier to discuss concerns.
Find more information on Gov.
Wolf’s latest orders here.
FAQs for businesses in each
phase can be found here.
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