Last updated 25/06/2021 12:19pm
For all Victorian residential aged care facilities the following requirements apply from 11:59pm on 24 June 2021. All visitors will be required to check in using the Victorian Government QR Code from 11.59pm on 1 July
- A maximum of two visitors for each resident at one time (visitors can be from different households).
- There is no time limit on visits.
- A group may exceed the “two visitors at a time” rule if dependents of a visitor are in the group and alternative care arrangements for the dependents cannot be made.
- There is a maximum of five visitors per resident per day, including dependents. This daily maximum does not apply to end of life visits, however only two visitors at a time apply to end of life visits.
- Visits from prospective residents are permitted with no more than one person accompanying them.
- Visits from prospective residents are permitted.
Density limits (do not apply to residents’ own rooms)
- in regional Victoria a two square metre rule applies to communal spaces that visitors access
Face mask requirements
All workers and visitors must wear face masks:
- indoors at all time
- outdoors where a distance of 1.5 metres cannot be maintained
- Visits from prospective residents are permitted with no more than one person accompanying the prospective resident.
Enhanced face mask requirements
- All visitors are required to wear face masks when in an indoor space or in any outdoor space when a visitor cannot maintain 1.5m distance from all other persons (except those with whom their ordinarily reside or an intimate partner).
- All workers (including non-essential staff and contractors) are required to wear face masks when in any indoor space (regardless of whether accessible to visitors or residents) and in any outdoor space where the worker is engaged in face-to-face contact with a resident or visitor.
- Enhanced screening and testing on admission or return to facility from leave residents found to have visited listed exposure sites – linked here -to be tested and managed as at risk COVID-19 until results known.
- Enhanced focus on screening visitors and staff (including non-essential staff and contractors) and continuing daily workforce attestations.
- Restricting visitors and staff (including non-essential staff and contractors) found to have visited exposure sites until they have returned a negative test result.
- Tier 2 and 3 PPE for low risk suspected COVID-19 (tier 2) and high-risk suspected COVID-19 residents (tier 3) as per PPE guidance Coronavirus (COVID-19) PPE guidance for RACF Factsheet linked here.
- Where practicable, care facility workers should be limited to working at one facility.
- Student clinical placements permitted in all settings but restricted from providing care/being exposed to high-risk SCOVID and confirmed COVID patients.