Important coronavirus update for community halls and associations
Action Hampshire has received information for community halls and associations from specialist insurance company Allied Westminster. On the point about loss of revenue / earnings insurance, please check your policy and clarify with your insurers if need be; cover does differ from company to company. Regarding the coronavirus outbreak, Allied Westminster say:
- Loss of revenue cover comes into force only after damage to property caused by an insured peril. It is designed to cover loss of income when the hall is closed for a period of time in order for repairs to be carried out. Unfortunately, if the hall has to be closed due to a breakout of the virus, no property damage has occurred so there is no business interruption cover in place.
- Property insurers would not cover closure due to pandemic.
- Halls may become unoccupied or operate on a significantly reduced level, and this increases the risk of losses.
- If your hall is running on a significantly reduced basis, and especially unoccupied due to the pandemic, letting your insurers know, and keeping them informed of any developments, is essential.
- It is essential that you let your insurer or policy administrator have a second and ideally third contact in the event of an insurable loss, allowing them to process the claim with an authorised and recognised person (GDPR!)
- This will help speed along any claims and avoid hold-ups. This is especially important right now when key contacts may suffer as a result of the illness.
- There are some considerations that should be kept in mind to protect their assets and people:
- Risk assessments must be carried out on the changing risk/lack of supervision in place
- Heating left ‘ticking-over’ but other critical services powered down if not required, unless to support protection or detection systems
- All external areas must be clear of waste and combustible materials
- Consider waste build-up and the controls needed if waste collection services are affected
- All fire protection, detection, and security systems to remain active and monitored remotely where possible
- Maintenance on all protection and/or detection systems (where in place) must be a priority to protect the property
- All physical security and locking devices are working and in place
- There are no leaking fluids or spills
- Q&A on Coronaviruses – World Health Organization
- Managing Epidemics: Key facts about major deadly diseases – World Health Organization
- Pandemic Flu – Workplace Guidance – Health & Safety Executive
ALLIED WESTMINSTER STATEMENT ENDS HERE
All the best with looking after your hirers and visitors, and yourselves, during this difficult period. Please do follow the Government guidance – the starting page is here.
UPDATE: There is now a dedicated web page covering the Government’s support for businesses (which we hope and expect will include charities that trade, as community halls and associations do). More details are promised so check back regularly and look out for further updates from Action Hampshire.