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Coronavirus: Managing the impact on industry and you

Published on: 05 March 2020


News coverage over the last few weeks has focused on coronavirus and its impact around the world. British Marine understands that cases are expected to rise which may have implications for its members and their day-to-day operations.


The UK Government published its coronavirus action plan on 3 March 2020. This sets out the powers available to help reduce the risk of further human-to-human transmission. The plan recommends keeping individuals in isolation if health professionals believe there is a reasonable risk that an individual will test positive for the coronavirus.


The UK Government has also published advice for employers and businesses to help prevent the spread of the virus and actions to take if staff come into contact with someone who is self-isolating or is a possible or confirmed case of COVID-19.


Following early discussions with its members, British Marine knows there is uncertainty around business insurance and cover. This uncertainty concerns insurers and whether they will provide cover for business interruption and infectious diseases as a result of the coronavirus.


British Marine understands that some insurers have different positions, contact them directly.


It is important for our members to know that the situation is constantly changing the Association advises member companies to contact their insurers directly for any further questions of queries regarding details of cover. 


British Marine also encourages its members to read the most up to date information and advice from the Government. Members can visit the dedicated NHS webpage which provides further information on symptoms and what to do if you think you might have the Coronavirus. Typical symptoms include fever and a cough, followed by a shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Public Health England has also made available a suite of posters and downloads which can be found here.  


If your business is directly affected by the coronavirus, please contact us directly to enable us to discuss the support available with councils, MPs and Whitehall officials.