Previously, tough visitor restrictions on aged care residents had been left out of plans to reopen the state, despite the fact residents have been banned from seeing loved ones for months.
From so-called ‘freedom day’, October 11, two fully vaccinated people will be allowed to visit friends or relatives in residential aged care in NSW.
Visits will be capped at two per day, per resident.
However, grandkids will not be allowed, with children aged 12 or under excluded from the two visitor limit.
“We know it is welcome news for so many people,” Ms Berejiklian said.
Sadly, the news comes on the pandemic’s deadliest day in NSW, with 15 deaths recorded in the last 24 hours.
Meanwhile, first dose vaccinations have reached 86.2% in the state, with NSW expected to reach 90% by the end of next week.
A total of 863 new COVID-19 cases were reported today. The “dramatic drop” has been attributed to such high vaccination rates, said NSW Health Minister, Brad Hazzard.
“Vaccination is the way out of this current issue in New South Wales and being vaccinated is the single most important step you can take to protecting yourself, your family and your community,” Hazzard said.
The Health Minister also has high hopes that 97.5% of healthcare staff will be vaccinated by the end of this week, reminding the remaining 2.5% of workers that they may end up unemployed.
“There won’t be a position available for them in New South Wales Health. It is pretty simple,” Hazzard stated.