If a person in an apartment building is diagnosed with COVID, the Minister for Health and Medical Research can declare the building a ‘high COVID-19 risk premises,’ and order the building to be strictly locked down for 14 days. This means all residents will not be able to leave unless directed by either the Commissioner of police, an authorised medical practitioner or for an emergency.

Non-residents in the building when the order is made will also have to isolate in the building until medically cleared to leave or may be instructed to go to a quarantine facility or hospital.

Any occupants of the building must respond to any request by police for information about the individuals residing in the apartment. The details of the order can be found here. It is important to be aware of these provisions which apply directly to occupiers of apartment buildings during COVID.

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