About 50 patients complained about Harbor Life Chiropractic in Gig Harbor, say state authorities.
OLYMPIA, Wash.– The state's Department of Labor and Industries fined Harbor Life Chiropractic $60,000 this week accusing the medical practice of refusing to follow Gov. Jay Inslee's mask mandate.
The Gig Harbor practice got two citations for “serious”and”willfull”violations after investigators stated staff and patients were not required to use masks between Feb. 2 -10.
said the workplace was repeatedly alerted to require mask use or the owners would be fined. Tim Church, representative for Labor and Industries, stated the state received approximately 50 problems about the practice. “They went to a location that they felt, for sure, would be following all the requirements to keep them and their workers safe, and were super-uncomfortable when they saw that they were actually the only one in the place wearing a mask,” Church said.
While co-owner Bo Mullen called the fines”extreme,”he did not dispute the fact he did not need staff or patients to use
> He stated it was optional, up to an individual's option if they wanted to wear a mask. “We as Americans have actually had a lot of freedoms taken away from us,”said Mullen.”The more we discovered more that option truly must be put in to the people's hands with this because health care should not be something dictated by someone else.”
“When it concerns workplace security and health, you don't just get to make it up yourself, “Church stated. Church said the chiropractor's workplace has 15 days to appeal the fines. Mullen, who stated he did not think the state gave him adequate time to respond to the cautions, said he has actually not chosen if he will appeal the fines. He said he “felt bad”clients did not feel safe at his workplace. “I ‘d like to apologize for that. Because we truly are a service-based center, and we just wish to assist so badly,” said Mullen.