The COVID-19 Public Health Response (Isolation and Quarantine) Order 2020, is a new Order that governs the legal requirements for people while they are in a managed isolation and quarantine facility (MIQF).
It sets out that all persons in MIQF must be there for at least 14 days and meet the low-risk indicators (e.g. have a negative COVID-19 test) before they can leave.
The Order clearly sets out what is taken into account for a special authorisation to leave isolation or quarantine early. This includes a risk-based approach which the Chief Executive of MBIE can use if authorising early exit for an exceptional reason.
It allows for a caregiver of a vulnerable person to enter a MIQF to provide care.
It incorporates (and revokes) the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Security of Managed Isolation and Quarantine Facilities) Order 2020, which restricts entry to MIQ facilities and sets out a risk assessment for those who do unlawfully enter.
As the Chief Executive of MBIE is now responsible for the operation of MIQ facilities, the amendments provide further clarity around when decisions should be made based on advice from a health professional or Medical Officer of Health versus when decisions may be operational in nature.
For the detail of the “COVID-19 Public Health Response (Isolation and Quarantine) Order 2020” please go to
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