Insurance department warns of risks, increased liability with non-compliance of business closure orders

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman is warning non-compliant businesses defying Governor Tom Wolf and Department of Health Secretary Rachel Levine’s orders that many insurance policies contain provisions that exclude coverage for businesses or individuals engaging in illegal acts or conduct.

Altman says these exclusions may apply to property coverage, liability coverage, advertising injury coverage, and a host of other essential coverages.

“Businesses and 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.”

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.

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