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Public Health fines Beauty Nails Salon for contravening COVID-19 safety protocols

KFL&A Public Health has issued its first fine to a Kingston business for failing to follow proper health and safety protocols amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Beauty Nails Salon, at 745 Gardiners Rd, was issued an Offence Notice and Fine on Jun. 27, 2020, following an inspection. The inspection found two critical violations, one non-critical violation, and two repeat violations. According to KFL&A Public Health’s report, the business was fined for failing to immediately discard a single-use instrument after use.

In a briefing earlier in the week, Dr Kieran Moore, Medical Officer of Health for KFL&A stated that fines for offences found during these inspections would be $700, and possibly more.

The nail salon was also cited for failing to maintain proper records of medically-invasive procedures, failing to ensure that furniture was easily cleanable, and failing to ensure that all sharps were disposed of immediately after use in a sharps container in close proximity to where the personal service was being provided.

The fine comes after KFL&A Public Health indicated they would be conducting stricter enforcement of COVID-19 health and safety rules, and conducting more frequent inspections of re-opened businesses, particularly those considered at a higher risk for transmission.

At this time, there are no known cases of COVID-19 from Beauty Nails Salon, but two other Kingston nail salons have confirmed positive cases. Earlier in the week, Kingdom Nail Salon confirmed that an employee had contracted COVID-19, and Binh’s Nail Salon was found to be the epicenter for an outbreak of COVID-19, infecting at least 16 individuals and requiring tests of over 600 Kingstonians who had visited the salon since its reopening.

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