The new proposed health regulations which will replace the Disaster Management Act system appears to contain certain stricter practices such as those around domestic air travel. There are four sets of regulations within this group of amendments, namely changes to the Notifiable Medical Conditions (NMC) Regulations of 2017; Regulations on Ports of Entry; Regulations on Human Remains; and Regulations on Environmental Health.

As in the existing NMC Regulations, persons may not refuse isolation, treatment or prophylaxis (which, in theory, could include vaccination) and persons with “mild disease” must isolate in line with Health Department Guidelines. There are also regulations on contract tracing, face masks, the duties of employers and business owners, local and international air travel, freight, borders, and so forth. Public comment on the proposed regulations closes on 16 April 2022.

Update courtesy of Elsabe Klinck and Associates