The Government has issued a strong warning to owners and operators of residential healthcare facilities that failure to comply with regulations and protocols related to COVID-19 by month end will result in prosecutions, closures, and fines amounting to $1 million.
“The Government has the responsibility to take the strongest action where those basic arrangements are not in place,” Dr Christopher Tufton, the health and wellness minister, declared in a statement to the House of Representatives on Tuesday.
Tufton told his parliamentary colleagues that if the healthcare facilities fail to comply by November 30, operators will be sanctioned under the Public Health Act or the Disaster Risk Management Orders.
“We have done remarkably well under the circumstances. We cannot afford to continue to tempt fate and take risks.”