COVID-19 Hotel Quarantine Inquiry to call first witnesses 

The COVID-19 Hotel Quarantine Inquiry will hold a public hearing on Thursday 6 August 2020 with evidence from three witnesses. 

Friday 31 July 2020 6:33am

The Honourable Jennifer Coate AO will conduct the Board of Inquiry with Senior Counsel Assisting the Inquiry Tony Neal QC.

The following witnesses will appear on Thursday 6 August:

Professor Lindsay Grayson - Director of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, Austin Health and Professor of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne;

Professor Ben Howden - Director, Microbiological Diagnostic Unit Public Health Laboratory, The Doherty Institute;

Dr Charles Alpren - Epidemiologist, Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria.

Thursday’s hearing will commence at 10am and will cover the following topics: The nature of COVID-19; infection control; epidemiology and contact tracing and genomic testing.

The hearing will continue Friday 7 August if further time is required.

The proceedings will be live-streamed on the Inquiry website with written transcripts to be published shortly after the proceedings.

Further information about witnesses and hearing schedules will be published to the Inquiry website as it becomes available.

Persons with information about the Victorian Hotel Quarantine Program are encouraged to phone 1800 005 010 or email contact@quarantineinquiry.vic.gov.au.

The COVID-19 Hotel Quarantine Inquiry was established on 2 July 2020 to examine:

Decisions and actions of government agencies, hotel operators and private contractors;

Communication between government agencies, hotel operators and private contractors;

Contractual arrangements;

Information, guidance, training and equipment provided to staff in hotels;

Policies, protocols and procedures.

Please find the Inquiry’s full terms of reference as published in the Victorian Government Gazette on 2 July 2020 below.

The Inquiry is tasked with delivering its findings to the Governor of Victoria by 25 September 2020.

For more information contact Ed Gardiner:

by email media@quarantineinquiry.vic.gov.au;

or call 0427 966 099.

Reviewed 28 June 2021

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