About 50 patients complained about Harbor Life Chiropractic in Gig Harbor, say state officials.
OLYMPIA, Wash.– The state's Department of Labor and Industries fined Harbor Life Chiropractic $60,000 this week accusing the medical practice of declining to follow Gov. Jay Inslee's mask required.
The Gig Harbor practice received two citations for “severe”and”willfull”infractions after investigators stated personnel and patients were not required to wear masks in between Feb. 2 -10.
stated the office was repeatedly alerted to need mask usage or the owners would be fined. Tim Church, representative for Labor and Industries, said the state received roughly 50 complaints about the practice. “They went to a location that they felt, for sure, would be following all the requirements to keep them and their employees safe, and were super-uncomfortable when they saw that they were literally the only one in the location wearing a mask,” Church stated.
While co-owner Bo Mullen called the fines”extreme,”he did not dispute the fact he did not require staff or patients to wear
> He stated it was optional, up to an individual's choice if they wished to use a mask. “We as Americans have actually had a great deal of freedoms taken away from us,”said Mullen.”The more we discovered more that option truly ought to be put in to individuals's hands with this due to the fact that healthcare should not be something dictated by someone else.”
“When it concerns office security and health, you don't just get to make it up yourself, “Church stated. Church stated the chiropractic physician's workplace has 15 days to appeal the fines. Mullen, who said he did not think the state gave him adequate time to react to the warnings, stated he has actually not chosen if he will appeal the fines. He stated he “felt bad”clients did not feel safe at his workplace. “I ‘d like to excuse that. Because we truly are a service-based clinic, and we simply want to help so terribly,” said Mullen.