As of 29 July 2021

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 (except border regions) and South Australia from 20 July 2021 must not enter aged care facilities.

Victoria, Queensland and South Australia 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.

Until further notice the Chief Health Officer advises the following:

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 and end of life visits
  • 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 LGA's must:

  • allow only one visitor to provide essential caring functions and end of life support
  • 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 an RACF at all if they:

Please read Exceptional circumstances for visiting a RACF.

Residents

  • Residents from facilities in Greater Sydney, Orange, Blayney and Cabonne LGA's should not leave the facility except for essential reasons (eg medical appointments).
    • Facilities in these areas must ensure that residents are provided with appropriate PPE and infection control advice if they need to leave the facility for essential purposes.
  • 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.

Please read Additional information for visits and outings at a residential aged care facility (RACF).

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.

For all other facilities located in NSW:

  • All staff must wear a surgical mask. For reasons when masks can be removed please see Additional Advice.
  • No non-essential staff are permitted from Greater Sydney (including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour). 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), Canterbury-Bankstown LGA or from 31 July 2021 Cumberland City (Cumberland LGA) and have not had a COVID test within the last 72 hours. Staff who work and live in the same LGA do not need to be tested. For example, if a worker lives in Fairfield and the facility is located in Fairfield they do not need to be tested. However, if they live in Fairfield and work in Cumberland City they will require testing.
    • Staff who live in or are staying in the other affected LGAs are not required to get regularly tested, but should get a COVID-19 test in these circumstances. More information about these recommendations are on the NSW Government website.
  • 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 (this does not include NSW-Victoria border region residents who stay within the border region after entering NSW) and South Australia from 20 July 2021
  • have been to any close and casual contact places of high concern in Victoria, Queensland or South Australia 
  • 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 (except for surveillance purposes)

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

Current as at: Thursday 29 July 2021
Contact page owner: Health Protection NSW