As of 26 July 2021

From 6pm 27 July 2021 until 10 August 2021 (inclusive) disability day programs located in the Greater Sydney region should cease all activities in group settings unless non-attendance at a day program would result in a risk of harm to the person with disability or others.  Further information is available on the Disability service providers webpage.

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There are new close and casual contact locations in Greater Sydney and also in regional NSW areas.

Victoria and South Australia are considered Areas of Concern. People arriving in NSW from Victoria since 17 July and South Australia from 20 July 2021 must not enter aged care facilities.

Queensland, Western Australia, and Northern Territory are considered affected areas and there are close and casual contact places of high concern. To view locations please see here.

This information can change rapidly so please check the web at least daily for updates.

Visitors

Facilities located in Greater Sydney (including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour) must:

  • exclude all visitors, except those providing essential caring functions
  • ensure that all essential care visitors wear a surgical mask. For reasons when masks can be removed please see Additional Advice.
  • ensure all essential visits must be in the resident's room.

Facilities located in Orange, Blayney and Cabonne must:

  • allow only one visitor to provide essential caring functions
  • ensure that all essential care visitors wear a surgical mask. For reasons when masks can be removed please see Additional advice.
  • ensure all essential visits must be in the resident's room.

For all other facilities located in NSW:

  • All visitors must wear a surgical mask. For reasons when masks can be removed please see Additional Advice.
  • Only two visitors should be allowed each day.
  • Visits should be in the resident's room or another suitable location in the facility. Please see Additional Advice.

Visitors must not enter the facility at all if they:

  • have been to any close, casual or monitor for symptoms locations in NSW in the last 14 days
  • live or have been to Greater Sydney in the last 14 days unless providing essential caring functions
  • have been to Victoria since 17 July 2021 and South Australia from 20 July 2021
  • have been to any close and casual contact places of high concern in Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia or the Northern Territory
  • have COVID-19 symptoms - fever (37. 5°C or higher) or symptoms of COVID-19
  • are a close contact of a person with confirmed COVID-19 and are within their self-isolation period
  • live in a household with a person who is currently self-isolating
  • are waiting for a COVID-19 test result

Please read Exceptional circumstances for visiting an RDCF.

Residents

  • Residents from facilities in Greater Sydney, Orange, Blayney and Cabonne LGA's should avoid leaving the facility except for permitted reasons (e.g. medical appointments, transfer to planned or emergency respite) and must remain within Greater Sydney, Orange, Blayney or Cabonne LGA's.
  • Residents of facilities located in the rest of NSW should not enter Greater Sydney, Orange, Blayney and Cabonne LGA's, except for essential reasons and if so, they should wear a mask when ever possible. If a person cannot wear a face mask because of a disability, physical or mental health illness or condition, they must carry either
    • a medical certificate or letter signed by a registered health practitioner (such as a doctor) or a registered NDIS provider or
    • a statutory declaration.
  • Residents in facilities located in the rest of NSW should not attend a gathering with anyone present who has been in the Greater Sydney, Orange, Blayney and Cabonne LGA's.

Staff

​Facilities located in Greater Sydney (including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour) must:

  • ensure that all staff wear a surgical mask. For reasons when masks can be removed please see Additional Advice. Consider COVID-19 testing every 3 days for staff who have a medical exemption for wearing a surgical mask.

Facilities outside Greater Sydney, must exclude non-essential staff who have been in Greater Sydney the last 14 days. Staff that are considered necessary for operational purposes who have been in Greater Sydney in the last 14 days must be assessed for risk of exposure in determining their suitability for work in the facility.

Staff must not enter the facility at all if they:

  • have been to any close or casual contact locations in NSW in the last 14 days, excluding the monitor for symptoms list
  • live in the City of Fairfield (Fairfield LGA) and have not had a COVID test within the last 72 hours
  • live in Greater Sydney and work more than 50 km outside of Greater Sydney and have not had a COVID test in the preceding 7 days
  • have been to Victoria since 17 July 2021 and South Australia from 20 July 2021
  • have been to any close and casual contact places of high concern in Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia or the Northern Territory
  • have COVID-19 symptoms - fever (37. 5°C or higher) or symptoms of COVID-19
  • are a close contact of a person with confirmed COVID-19 and are within their self-isolation period
  • live in a household with a person who is currently self-isolating
  • are waiting for a COVID-19 test result

For advice on essential staff who are necessary for operational purposes please see the advice on Exceptional circumstances for visiting a RDCF and call the local public health unit on 1300 066 055 for a risk assessment and further advice.

Please read Additional information for residential disability care facilities (RDCF) for guidance on:

  • new and returning residents
  • exceptional circumstances
  • additional COVID-19 measures for staff and facilities
  • masks
  • assistance
  • further advice
  • additional resources.

Current as at: Monday 26 July 2021
Contact page owner: Health Protection NSW