As of 11 May 2021

There has been local transmission of COVID-19 in NSW with close and casual contact locations identified.

For residential aged care facilities within the Greater Sydney area, including metropolitan Sydney, Nepean Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong:

  • All staff and visitors should wear a surgical mask where possible.
  • Residents may have a maximum of two visitors each day. They may have different visitors each day.

Greater Melbourne is currently considered an affected area, with a number of places of high concern.

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

COVID-19 vaccinations should be prioritised for residential aged care residents.  

From 1 June to 30 September 2021, all visitors and staff entering a residential aged care facility should be required to provide evidence that they received a dose of the 2021 influenza vaccination. In special circumstances including where a person has a medical contraindication to the influenza vaccine, has had a COVID-19 vaccine in the last 2 weeks or is booked in to have a COVID-19, an influenza vaccination is not needed for entry. See Exceptional circumstances for more information.

Visitors

For facilities within the Greater Sydney area, including metropolitan Sydney, Nepean Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong, the following rules apply until further notice:

  • A maximum of 2 visitors may be permitted per resident, per day.
  • All visitors should wear a surgical mask where possible.
  • Visits should take place outdoors where possible.

Visitors must not enter the facility at all if they:

  • have been to any close or casual contact locations in NSW or Interstate places of high concern
  • 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

From 1 June to 30 September 2021 visitors should not enter an aged care facility if they have not received a dose of the 2021 influenza vaccine, unless they meet the criteria under the exceptional and special circumstances.

Please read Exceptional circumstances for visiting an RACF.

Residents

Residents who are attending outings and excursions should ensure that:

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

Staff

Staff at facilities within the Greater Sydney area, including metropolitan Sydney, Nepean Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong, should wear a surgical mask where possible.

Staff must not enter the facility at all if they:

  • have been to any close or casual contact locations in NSW or Interstate places of high concern
  • 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

From 1 June to 30 September 2021 staff should not enter an aged care facility if they have not received a dose of the 2021 influenza vaccineunless they meet the criteria under the exceptional and special circumstances.

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

Current as at: Tuesday 11 May 2021
Contact page owner: Health Protection NSW