Legal Tip: Know what to do when weather rains on your parade17 Aug, 2011 By: Karen Morris
Develop a plan for event modifications and cancellations necessitated by weather conditions, and stick to it.
No one wants to be in the position of the Indiana State Fair organizers whose delay in cancelling a concert despite severe storm warnings resulted in the collapse of a stage, five deaths and many injuries. Likewise, no one relishes the option of cancelling a show, sporting event, outdoor wedding or other reception. However, disappointed patrons and lost revenue are much more appealing than responsibility for a tragedy. Local police will be glad to assist in identifying weather circumstances that should lead to cancellations. Incorporate those into your plan. And stay strong when the time comes to enforce it.
Karen Morris is Hotel Management's "Legally Speaking" columnist. She is a lawyer, municipal judge and Distinguished Professor at Monroe Community College in Rochester, N.Y., where she teaches hospitality law. Contact her at email@example.com. Click here to see her archived columns and legal tips online.