Drafting Construction Contracts to Address Potential Risks and Impacts from Infectious Disease.Parties to large commercial and residential construction projects typically enter into complex contract agreements that lay out each party’s rights and responsibilities in exacting detail.

These agreements – which can be between project owners, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, architects, and consultants – include contingencies for situations ranging from a basic breach of the contract, to labor strikes, and even floods and storms.

One risk that parties to construction contracts frequently ignore, however, is infectious disease. In light of the current outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19), parties should draft their construction contracts to address risks and impacts arising from coronavirus and outbreaks of other infectious diseases.

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