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NC court: Restaurants can't get insurance payouts for virus

A North Carolina appeals court says some restaurants that closed during the coronavirus pandemic when government orders restricted them can’t be recompensed for losses through their insurance policies. A three-judge panel of the state Court of Appeals reversed on Tuesday the decision of a trial judge who declared policy language provided business-interruption coverage for over a dozen restaurants, most of them in the Triangle. But the appeals court sided with the insurers, saying policy payouts required that a “direct physical loss or damage to the property" occurred. Gov. Roy Cooper issued a statewide order in March 2020 limiting restaurant sales to carry-out and delivery services.