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Offline bookworm

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the policy covers / applies to
« on: January 16, 2022, 01:32:12 pm »
A non-native speaker has used the verb cover in contexts similar to the following:

The "no vax, no entry" policy covers all restaurants and hotels without exceptions.​
The "no vax, no ride" policy covers all modes of transport whether by air, land, and sea.​

It appears that cover is only used with insurance policies of any kind. When talking about rules and regulations, ordinances, etc., it seems that the verb apply is more appropriate:

The "no vax, no entry" policy applies to all restaurants and hotels without exceptions.​
The "no vax, no ride" policy applies to all modes of transport whether by air, land, and sea.​

Do you agree?
English is my second language.

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Re: the policy covers / applies to
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2022, 08:49:43 am »
Yes. I think "covers" is fine but, as you say, "applies" works better here. It means it is an enforceable condition.
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Duncan