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 today accusing the medical practice of refusing to follow Gov. Jay Inslee's mask required.
The Gig Harbor practice received 2 citations for”severe”and “willfull”violations after private investigators said staff and clients were not needed to wear masks in between Feb. 2 -10.
stated the office was repeatedly warned to need mask usage or the owners would be fined. Tim Church, spokesperson for Labor and Industries, said the state got 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 employees safe, and were super-uncomfortable when they saw that they were actually the only one in the location using a mask,” Church stated.
While co-owner Bo Mullen called the fines”extreme,”he did not dispute the reality he did not need personnel or patients to wear
> He stated it was optional, as much as a person's choice if they wanted to wear a mask. “We as Americans have had a lot of flexibilities removed from us,”stated Mullen.”The more we found out more that choice actually needs to be put in to individuals's hands with this due to the fact that health care should not be something determined by somebody else.”
“When it pertains to workplace security and health, you don't simply get to make it up yourself, “Church stated. Church said the chiropractic doctor's workplace has 15 days to appeal the fines. Mullen, who said he did not believe the state offered him adequate time to respond to the cautions, said he has 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 apologize for that. Since we really are a service-based center, and we simply want to help so terribly,” said Mullen.