Insurance problems may be thorn in the side of businesses reopening

Insurance cover for businesses looking to open their doors after several months of enforced Covid-related closure, has been a source of contention in recent days.

While insurance companies are reluctant to provide cover for claims linked to Covid-19 going forward, employers could find themselves in a difficult position of having to reopen without insurance or choosing not to open at all.

Dungarvan-Lismore councillor John Pratt, has called for a general insurance indemnity against claims related to Covid-19, which he notes could be operated through the State Claims Agency.

“Workplaces and businesses are being told they can’t get insurance cover for Covid-19 related claims. It is the issue of liability and the duty of care …” Cllr Pratt said.

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