Loss of Income Caused by a Government Mandate to Suspend Business Operations Due to the COVID-19 Virus is not Covered by a Standard Property Insurance Policy Because the Physical Presence of the Virus on Insured Property Does not Constitute Physical Loss of or Damage to the Property
In Apple Annie, LLC v. Oregon Mut. Ins. Co. (No. A163300, filed September 2, 2022 and certified for publication), the Court of Appeal of the State of California, First Appellate District held that an insured’s loss of business income, caused by a government mandate to suspend business operations due to the COVID-19 virus, is not covered by a commercial property insurance policy because the physical presence of the virus on insured property does not constitute physical loss of or damage to the insured property.