Permitted visits

Updates to the Residential Aged Care Facilities Direction allow a person to enter a Facility for the purpose of participating in a group activity led or supervised by an employee, contractor, student or volunteer of the facility.

Group activities may include things such as arts classes, and exercise or recreational activities such as bingo.

Restrictions on visits

Do not visit aged care facilities if you:

  • have a fever or symptoms of a respiratory infection such as a cough, sore throat or shortness of breath

You cannot enter an aged care facility:

  • if you have been directed by an authorised officer to quarantine
  • have been in contact with:
    • a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days
    • anyone with a high temperature, fever, chills, symptoms of acute respiratory infection, or loss of taste and smell, in the last 72 hours
  • from 1 June 2021 if you have not been vaccinated against 2021 seasonal influenza
  • if you have undertaken a COVID-19 test and are awaiting the test result, unless part of routine surveillance testing and are not displaying symptoms.
  • you were not in a Low Community Transmission Zone in the past 14 days, including from overseas or
  • you are a person who is a restricted former Victorian arrival under a Former Victorian Arrivals Direction

If you are a restricted former Victorian arrival under the Former Victorian Arrivals Direction you are permitted to enter for the purpose of an end of life if you wear appropriate personal protective equipment while on the premises and you have received written confirmation of a negative COVID-19 test.

If you cannot visit your family and friends in a residential aged care facility, it’s important to keep in touch. Make phone or video calls, send postcards, photos or artwork or film short videos to share.

More information

More details available on the residential aged care direction.

Aged care facility visitation - COVID-19 - SA Health

Page last updated: 11 March 2021