Aged care residents allowed to have two visitors at a time

By Juliano Oliveira

Aged care residents are now allowed to have two visitors at a time for as often and as long as they like as Queensland Government has eased restrictions over the state.

As of today, children will also be able to visit their grandparents. Apart from it, aged care residents can leave their homes for exercise, health appointments, and family gatherings of up to 20 people.

“For the past 3 months under our strict Covid-19 restrictions there have been necessary but challenging restrictions placed on nursing homes and other aged care facilities because elderly people are among the most vulnerable to this disease,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

“Now that we are in a safer position, we can afford to ease some of these restrictions to allow residents to receive visits from more of their loved ones.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Steven Miles said the restrictions were eased as a result of Queensland’s excellent work in containing COVID-19.

“From today, residents can have up to two visitors at any one time. There is no longer a limit on the number of visits or length of each visit.”

“I’m particularly happy that children are now allowed to visit their grandparents – I can only imagine the joy this will bring countless families across the state.”

The eased rules permit service providers to visit aged care homes, including legal advisors, therapists and hairdressers. However, only visitors who have had their flu vaccine will be allowed.