I am negotiating a contract with a client prospect which includes the following Force Majeure clause:
"Neither party shall be liable for any delay or failure to perform its obligations hereunder resulting from any cause beyond such party’s reasonable control, including but not limited to acts of God, weather, fire, explosions, floods, strikes, work stoppages, slowdowns or other industrial disputes, accidents, riots or civil disturbances, acts of government, inability to obtain any license or consent necessary in respect of any third-party software, delays by suppliers or material shortages, design defects, flaws or errors in third-party equipment or software, epidemics, pandemics, COVID-19 and dangerous conditions that pose a threat to either party’s personnel."
The client has responded with the following statement:
"The current contract is written in such a way where you could simply collect a check and walk away “because COVID-19” happened. We need this removed and explicitly excluded as it is now preexisting and no longer considered an unknown event. If you would like a separate clause allowing reasonable delay due to COVID-19 caused illnesses that would be fair and reasonable given the ongoing pandemic."
What specific wording can I amend to this contract to fulfill my client prospect's request?