New restrictions on visiting aged care homes

Sourced from the Guardian:

'Morrison is now outlining new restrictions on visiting aged care homes

Homes and visitors now must:

  • Limit visits to short times
  • Limit to two visitors at one time, per day
  • Visits should be conducted in a resident’s room rather than communal areas
  • There should be no large group visits or gatherings – including social gatherings or entertainment
  • No school groups allowed to visit

He says that in the case of a resident nearing the end of their life, a home will have discretion to make special arrangements for family to visit them.

That will be done on a facility-to-facility basis, that will still accomodate social distancing.

That adds to earlier restrictions on:

  • Those who have returned from overseas in 14 days
  • Those in contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19
  • Those who have not been vaccinated against influenza after 1 May'