Aged care facility visitor restrictions
In Tasmania, visits to residential aged care facilities are permitted for families, friends and people providing care and support. Individual sites and facilities may have in place their own processes and procedures to protect our most vulnerable members of the community. This may include requiring that visitors:
- undertake a rapid antigen test (RAT) before entering
- wear a face mask at all times while they remain on the premises
- are vaccinated for COVID-19 and/or flu
- complete entry screening.
Who is not permitted to enter a residential aged care facility?
To protect those at a higher risk of severe disease there are circumstances in which individuals are NOT permitted to enter a residential care facility.
These include anyone:
- currently in isolation after being diagnosed with COVID-19
- who is currently a close contact of a case
- who has been released from isolation but it is less than 7 days since they tested positive for COVID-19 (even for the purposes of work)
Individuals may enter a residential care facility after release from isolation IF they have no symptoms AND it has been a minimum of 7 days since they tested positive for COVID-19
However, to help protect others in these settings it is recommended they do not visit any place where there are people at a higher risk of severe disease until after it has been 10 days since they tested positive.
Anyone who has symptoms of COVID 19, even mild, should not enter an aged care facility until their symptoms have resolved, even if they test negative to COVID-19.
An exemption for close contacts and cases who are currently in isolation to visit residential aged care premises may be provided by the Director of Public Health or delegate on compassionate grounds. A residential aged care facility may assist individuals to apply for an exemption if you are a case or close contact.
This exemption cannot be provided by the facility directly, except for cases who have been released from isolation on day 5 and are seeking to visit on day 5 and day 6. In this situation, an exemption from public health is not required, only approval from the facility.
The final decision to let a case or close contact enter the facility, once they hold an exemption, is still at the discretion of the facility management.
If an exemption is granted, visitors must always comply with requirements as set out by the facility during the visit.