As of 13 September 2021

Some areas of NSW are currently no longer under stay at home Orders.

Please refer to the affected regions website for areas under stay at home orders.

From 9 September 2021 staff who live in an area of concern and work at a facility outside of that area will be required to have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, or have evidence of an appointment for vaccination by 17 September 2021 in order to attend work. Upon request, they must be able to provide their employer with evidence of their vaccination status or appointment date.  

From 9.00am on 17 September 2021 all workers employed by a residential aged care facility or contracted to provide services for 1 or more residents of the facility in NSW will be required to have their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination.

By 31 October 2021 any health practitioners attending a residential aged care facility under arrangement by the resident must have at least 1 dose of a COVID-19 vaccination.

Greater Sydney still includes Wollongong and the Blue Mountains.

There are new close and casual contact locations in Greater Sydney and also in regional NSW areas. To view locations please see Latest COVID-19 case locations and alerts in NSW.

There are active cases in New Zealand with contact tracing locations of interest.

Victoria, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory are considered areas of concern and  there are close and casual contact places of high concern.

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

Visitors

All facilities must:

  • In stay at home areas 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.

Two visitors per day are allowed in residential age care facilities for areas not currently under stay at home orders, provided they have not been to any stay at home area in the last 14 days.

Visitors must not enter an RACF at all if they:

  • have been to any close, casual or monitor for symptoms locations in NSW in the last 14 days
  • have been in a stay at home area in the last 14 days and are not an essential visitor
  • have been to Victoria or the Australian Capital Territory in the past 14 days unless providing essential caring functions or for end of life visits.
  • have been to any close and casual contact places of high concern in Victorian, Queensland or the Australian Capital Territory.
  • have been in New Zealand in the last 14 days
  • have COVID-19 symptoms
  • are a close contact of a person with confirmed COVID-19 and are within their isolation period.
  • live in a household with a person who is currently isolating.
  • are waiting for a COVID-19 test result.

Please read Exceptional circumstances for visiting a RACF.

Residents

Residents currently under stay at home Orders

  • Residents are permitted to leave the facility to exercise (go for a walk) provided they;
    • remain within 1km of the facility
    • do not interact with other people outside of the facility
    • wear a facemask or carry a medical certificate or other written evidence signed by a registered health practitioner or a statutory declaration by the person saying they have a physical or mental health illness or condition which prohibits them from wearing a facemask
    • are risk assessed by the facility that they are capable of undertaking exercise in a COVID safe way

Otherwise

  • Residents should not leave the facility except for essential reasons (e.g. medical appointments).
  • Facilities must ensure that residents are provided with appropriate PPE and infection control advice if they need to leave the facility for essential purposes.

Residents not under stay at home Orders

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

Staff

All facilities in NSW must ensure that all staff wear a surgical mask. For reasons when masks can be removed please see Additional Advice.

No non-essential staff are permitted in facilities. Staff that are considered necessary for operational purposes 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:

  • are a close or casual contact of COVID-19, prior to completing their isolation and testing requirements. (Staff who are casual contacts are no longer excluded from entry for 14 days from their date of exposure, however should be risk assessed by the facility before returning to work.)
  • from 9 September, live in an area of concern and work outside of that area, and are unable to provide evidence of having received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or evidence of an appointment for vaccination before 17 September 2021. On very rare occasions, there may be a medical contraindication to COVID-19 vaccination.  A COVID-19 medical contraindication certificate is required in this circumstance. Staff may be exempted from this exclusion if they have not been in an area of concern for 14 days.
  • live in Greater Sydney and work more than 50 km outside of Greater Sydney and have not had a COVID-19 test in the preceding 7 days (evidence of the test must be shown). Greater Sydney still includes Wollongong and the Blue Mountains.
  • have been to Victoria or the Australian Capital Territory in the past 14 days and have not had a negative COVID-19 test result
  • have been in New Zealand in the last 14 days
  • have been to any close and casual contact places of high concern in Victoria, Queensland or the Australian Capital 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 (except for surveillance purposes)

Please refer to the NSW Government website for further information about the current rules and restrictions in NSW and permits for workers.

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: Monday 13 September 2021
Contact page owner: Health Protection NSW