Visits to aged care residents, including those in Multipurpose Service (MPS) facilities have resumed, subject to strict COVID-19 conditions.
Until at least 11:59pm on Wednesday 30 December 2020 the following conditions will apply:
- There will be no restriction on visitors who are from regional NSW, subject to routine screening measures.
- Up to two visitors a day are permitted from the Greater Sydney region, subject to routine screening and excluding any person from the Northern Beaches local government area.
- Residents may leave to attend events outside the Greater Sydney region, subject to other attendees meeting screening requirements.
Temperature testing and screening will remain in place for all visitors. People who have been in locations listed as 'self-isolate and get tested immediately' or 'monitor for symptoms' will not be able to visitor aged care residents.
Acting Chief Executive for the Western NSW Local Health District, Mark Spittal, urged all local residents to continue to be vigilant and to protect themselves and their loved ones.
“It's great that we are able to permit visits over the Christmas period, but COVID-19 remains a very real risk, particularly for vulnerable people such as the elderly, and those with existing health conditions.
“It's incredibly important that we continue to screen visitors to aged care residents carefully. If you have even the mildest symptoms, or if you've recently been to a location where COVID-19 has been a concern, then please leave your visit to another time.
“If you have any symptoms associated with COVID-19 it's really important that you self-isolate, get tested and remain in isolation until you get a negative result."
For the latest information on COVID-19, including symptoms and where you can have a test, go to www.health.nsw.gov.au