Vic apartment operator breaks virus rules

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A Melbourne accommodation provider has been accused of placing homeless people at risk after failing to implement COVID-safe measures including requiring visitors to wear a mask and sign in.

WorkSafe Victoria has charged Keyun Enterprises, which operates Comfy Kew Apartments, for breaching the Occupational Health and Safety Act by failing to ensure "the workplace was safe and without risk to health".

The apartments were used to house a number of homeless people last year, as part of the Victorian government's pandemic response.

WorkSafe alleges Keyun Enterprises failed to have a COVID-19 safe plan in place on September 28, 2020; that the company did not require contractors to sign in on entry; and people entering the apartments were not required to wear a mask that covered their mouth and nose.

"As a result of these failings it is alleged patrons and contractors at Comfy Kew Apartments were exposed to risks to their health and safety," the workplace safety regulator said in a statement.

The matter has been listed for November 30 at Melbourne Magistrates Court.

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