Availability of uniquely designed insurance policy comes as the popularity of escape rooms continues to grow throughout North America.
Asserting that a growing population of North American escape room owner/operators needs a customized, cost-effective insurance policy uniquely tailored to their market needs, the Association for Room Escapes of North America (ARENA) today introduced the industry’s lowest cost insurance program designed by Take1 Insurance, the entertainment and live event industry’s leading insurance solutions provider.
According to ARENA Secretary Daryl Davis, “A new and growing live experience industry requires a custom-tailored insurance policy from the experts in live event entertainment insurance. We turned to Take1 Insurance to help us create a policy that cost effectively meets the unique risk needs of our membership. This policy is now available exclusively to our membership.”
Members—through ARENA’s exclusively endorsed property and casualty program—gain access to the lowest priced workers compensation (WC) in the country. Davis emphasized that the new WC solution comes on the heels of the association’s successful lawsuit that was filed against the largest rating agency in the United States. “We won a major victory on behalf of the entire escape room industry and, as a result, we can now move Game Masters from the very expensive Amusement Park category to a very reasonable Retail category.”
The new ARENA program offered through Take1 Insurance provides members throughout the country with competitively priced General Liability and Property insurance in a “package” that includes Business Interruption and Hired/Non-owned Auto Liability as well as Excess and Liquor Liability, if needed.
“Virtually all escape room companies are considered small business by insurance carriers,” Davis explained. “As such, there are not enough premium dollars to justify a busy underwriter taking the time to really review inherent risks (or, lack thereof). Further, escape rooms in the U.S. are—by insurance standards—too new to establish actuarial loss expectations. Adding those two factors together equals the typical cavalcade of restrictions and exclusions that underwriters use to protect themselves from losses.
“That is what should be expected when using insurers that don’t specialize in this field,” he emphasized. “Our carrier partner took the time to understand the industry because it sees the value in working with a trade association like ARENA. We have created the mass required to generate adequate premium dollars for thoughtful review.”
ARENA members can find out just how little an ARENA-endorsed insurance solution can cost by taking four minutes to complete a short application here.