Restrictions on visits

Restrictions are in place regarding visits to residential aged care facilities.

Do not visit aged care facilities if you:

  • have arrived in South Australia in the last 14 days
  • have a fever or symptoms of a respiratory infection such as a cough, sore throat or shortness of breath
  • 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 May 2020, you must have had your influenza vaccination to visit an aged care facility.

Aged care facilities must take extra precautions when it comes to visits. These include:

  • making sure visits are kept short
  • allowing no more than two visitors, including doctors, at a time
  • observing social distancing requirements
  • making sure visits occur in a resident’s room, outdoors, or in a specific area they designate - there should be no visiting in communal areas
  • ensuring there are no large group visits or gatherings, including social activities or entertainment

No school groups of any size are allowed to visit residential aged care facilities.

No children aged under 16 years are permitted to visit residential aged care facilities except in special circumstances.

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 22 May 2020