Public Health steps up enforcement actions

A retirement home and a fourth nail salon have been penalized as KFL&A Public Health has stepped up its promised enforcement actions over the past week.

Last week, Dr Kieran Moore, Medical Officer of Health for Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington stated that after a period of transition and education, KFL&A Public Health would begin to lay fines against businesses not following the COVID-19 Emergency Orders, and publicly posting them on the KFL&A Public Health website.

Following up on that promise, health inspectors fined and ordered the closure of Kim’s L.A. Nails, at 945 Gardiners Rd, on Sunday, Jun. 28 2020, according to KFL&A Public Health’s public records.

In addition, Adair Place Retirement Residence, in Tamworth, received an Order to Comply on Jun. 24, 2020. According to KFL&A Public Health’s enforcement records page, the Order was made because the facility had “failed to implement the requirements of COVID-19 Directive #3 for Long-Term Care Homes under the LTC Homes Act, 2007.”

That directive requires active screening of staff, residents and visitors to ensure that they are not presenting any symptoms of COVID-19, mandates use of personal protective equipment, and restricts visitors to the facility, among other measures.

According to the records, Adair Place Retirement Residence also “failed to provide an adequate number of hand washing stations that are maintained and adequately supplied and are situated for convenient access by food handlers,” said the report. The Order was lifted on Jun. 26, 2020, according to KFL&A Public Health Communications, after health inspectors conducted a followup inspection and determined that the issues had been addressed and resolved.

Editor’s Note: A previous version of this article stated that Adair Place Retirement Residence had been ordered to close for 2 days, based on information on the KFL&A Public Health’s enforcement page, as well as confirmation from KFL&A Public Health’s Communications team. That information was incorrect and was an administrative error, according to KFL&A Public Health.

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