MEMBERS of the public will no longer be permitted to attend hearings and workshops at the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.
The precautionary step, in force until further notice, has been taken because of the risk to public health from the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Proceedings will continue to be available to the public through the live webcast on the commission's website.
The royal commissioners took the move to protect the public, particularly frail older people, who may be at risk of contracting the virus at public events such as hearings.
The measures also ensure that the work of the royal commission can proceed as it completes its program of public hearings and workshops and develops recommendations to be published in its final report due for completion in November.
Accredited members of the media will continue to have access to attend public hearings and workshops in the course of their work.
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