There are no specific restrictions for people over 70 about self-isolating or staying home. You can choose when you go out, where you visit, and when to have visitors.
However, people over 70 are at greater risk of more severe symptoms if they are infected with COVID-19. This may mean that you want to be more careful.
Top tips for COVID-safe gatherings
Here are some top tips to help make your next gathering COVID-safe:
- Take a cautious approach about where you go and who you see.
- Keep gathering virtually (eg. social media, video call) or via telephone where you can.
- Don’t attend any gatherings if you are unwell. Get
tested immediately if you have any COVID-19 symptoms and self-isolate until you get your test result.
- Where possible gather outdoors, away from crowded areas. Check the
NSW Government website for restrictions around gathering outside in a public place which includes public parks, reserves, beaches, public gardens and spaces.
- If you meet indoors, choose a spacious, well-ventilated space and keep the windows and doors open where possible.
- Postpone or reschedule large gatherings during heatwaves or on extremely hot days. Seniors should take extra care to stay healthy in the heat. For more information about COVID-19 and heat please visit beat the heat.
- If you arrange to meet at an external venue, such as a community hall, club or restaurant, ensure you comply with the capacity limit of venue. Visit the NSW Government website for further information.
- Electronic check-in is mandatory at many locations, including hospitality venues. Make sure everyone in your group checks in so NSW Health contract tracers can get in touch with you quickly and easily if there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 at the venue. If you need help checking in or do not have a smart phone, ask the venue's staff to help.
- If you are organising a gathering at a venue where electronic check-in is not required, make sure you keep a record of the names and a mobile number or email address of those attending gatherings, where practical, for a period of at least 28 days. These records are only for the purposes of tracing COVID-19 infections, should the need arise, and are to be stored confidentially and securely.
- Check the
NSW Government webite for how many visitors you are allowed at a place of residence.
- Stay 1.5 metres away from anyone you don't live with.
- Information about when to wear a mask and how to wear a mask safely is on the
NSW Government website.
- Although it’s not easy, avoid hugging, kissing or shaking hands with your family, friends and other members. A wave is safer.
- Think about how you share food. Rather than having common platters, give each person an individual portion and do not share utensils.
- Wash your hands often. Use hand sanitiser when out and about.
Taking these extra steps can make a difference. Staying active, and participating in social activities, is important for our physical and mental wellbeing. Especially this year! Plan to do things you enjoy, in COVID-safe ways.
For information specific to seniors, visit the NSW Government's
COVID-19 advice for seniors page or call the
National COVID-19 older persons information line on
1800 171 866.