Public Health Act, 1930
Public Health (Infected Areas) (Coronavirus Disease 2019) Regulations, 2020
Statutory Instrument 22 of 2020
- Published in Government Gazette on 13 March 2020
- Assented to on 13 March 2020
- Commenced on 13 March 2020
- [This is the version of this document from 13 July 2020.]
1. TitleThese Regulations may be cited as the Public Health (Infected Areas) (Coronavirus Disease 2019) Regulations, 2020.
2. InterpretationIn these Regulations, unless the context otherwise requires—"authorised officer" means a Medical Officer of Health, Health Inspector, District Medical Officer, Environmental Health Officer or a suitably qualified person authorised in writing by the Minister or a local authority with approval of the Minister;"building" has the meaning assigned to the word in the Act;"conveyance" means a system or means ofconveying people or goods from place to place and includes an aircraft, ship, train, vehicle or any other means of transportation;"COVID-19" means the Coronavirus Disease 2019;"health facility" means any site, fixed or mobile providing services to the public for the prevention diagnosis and treatment of disease or illness and includes a diagnosis centre, a hospice and a hospital;"infected area" means a part of the Republic or any conveyance declared as being or appearing to be threatened by the epidemic of COVID-19; and"unsanitary condition" means a condition or circumstance that might generate, promote or transmit COVID-19 to a person.
3. Conversion of building as hospital, observation camp or stationThe ministry responsible for health may convert a suitable building to a hospital, observation camp or station for the purpose of placing a person suffering or suspected to be suffering from, or who has been in contact with a person suffering from COVID-19.
4. Exit from hospital, observation camp or station
5. Entry or exit from infected area
6. Disposal of bodyThe body of a person who has died from COVID-19 shall be disposed of in conformity with the directions of an authorised officer.
7. Entry into premises for enquiryAn authorised officer may enter premises to search for a case of COVID-19 or to enquire whether there is or has been a case of COVID-19.
8. Informing authorised officer in local authority or public health faciltiyA person who becomes aware or has reason to suspect that another person has died or is suffering from COVID-19 shall immediately inform the nearest authorised officer in a local authority or a public health facility.
9. Restriction on gatheringA public ceremony or gathering shall not be held in an infected area without the written permission of an authorised officer.[regulation 9 substituted by section 2 of Statutory Instrument 62 of 2020]
10. Prohibition or restriction on trade
11. Prohibition or restriction on trading or vending in unsanitary conditionsAn authorised officer shall prohibit or restrict trading in or vending of food in unsanitary conditions.
12. Sanitation and hygiene in public premises
13. Effecting of measuresThe measures referred to in these Regulations will be effected if the urgency category levels described in the Schedule reach the alert level.
14. General offenceA person who fails to comply with a direction, prohibition or restriction of an authorised officer or otherwise contravenes these Regulations commits an offence and is liable, on conviction, to a fine not exceeding two thousand five hundred penalty units or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, or to both.
History of this document
13 July 2020 this version
13 March 2020
Published in Government Gazette number None
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