AdventCare defends “special high tea” amid COVID concerns

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The Melbourne aged care home has defended footage that has emerged online, showing staff dancing together in front of residents without PPE.

The footage was reportedly taken at AdventCare Whitehorse in Nunawading on September 16, and uploaded to popular video sharing social media platform TikTok.

In a statement, AdventCare chief executive David Reece said precautions were taken and the dance was part of a “special high tea” to lift the spirits of residents.

“This was a source of great enjoyment for the residents and helped to lift their spirits at this time,” he said.

“As part of the afternoon activity, a few of the staff put on a brief dance routine for the residents, who were seated at their tables.”

“AdventCare maintains appropriate use of PPE at all times and all staff wore masks at the afternoon tea. During the brief dance routine the dancers did not wear masks, but they put them back on as soon as they had finished.”

A Victorian Police spokesperson said the matter had been referred to the Department of Health.