Public Health Act 2010 No 127
Current version for 21 October 2014 to date (accessed 24 November 2014 at 14:51)
Part 2Section 7

7   Power to deal with public health risks generally

(cf 1991 Act, s 5)

(1)  This section applies if the Minister considers on reasonable grounds that a situation has arisen that is, or is likely to be, a risk to public health.
(2)  In those circumstances, the Minister:
(a)  may take such action, and
(b)  may by order give such directions,
as the Minister considers necessary to deal with the risk and its possible consequences.
(3)  Without limiting subsection (2), an order may declare any part of the State to be a public health risk area and, in that event, may contain such directions as the Minister considers necessary:
(a)  to reduce or remove any risk to public health in the area, and
(b)  to segregate or isolate inhabitants of the area, and
(c)  to prevent, or conditionally permit, access to the area.
(4)  An order must be published in the Gazette as soon as practicable after it is made, but failure to do so does not invalidate the order.
(5)  Unless it is earlier revoked, an order expires at the end of 90 days after it was made or on such earlier date as may be specified in the order.
(6)  Action may not be taken, and an order has no effect, in relation to any part of the State for which a state of emergency exists under the State Emergency and Rescue Management Act 1989.
(7)  An application may be made to the Civil and Administrative Tribunal for an administrative review under the Administrative Decisions Review Act 1997 of any of the following decisions:
(a)  any action taken by the Minister under this section other than the giving of a direction by an order under this section,
(b)  any direction given by any such order.
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