The risk of severe disease from COVID-19 increases with age and with certain medical conditions. Residents of retirement communities are at increased risk of COVID-19 infection and are at serious risk of complications if they do become infected. Interactions between residents using shared facilities increase the risk of spreading COVID-19.
Requirements under the Public Health Order
Retirement village operators and residents are required to comply with the Gathering Restrictions Public Health Order. Please see the NSW Government advice on what you can and can’t do under the rules for the latest
Guidance for retirement village operators
The following groups are most at risk of serious illness from COVID-19 and are advised to take extra care to prevent potential exposure to COVID-19:
• aged 70 years and over
• aged 65 years and over with chronic medical conditions
• Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians aged 50 years and over with chronic medical conditions
• people with weakened immune systems.
Vaccination for seasonal influenza and COVID-19 is encouraged for retirement village staff, residents, and visitors to prevent serious illness from these diseases.
See here for more information on COVID-19 vaccination or Influenza vaccination in 2021.
Develop and comply with COVID-19 Safety Plans for relevant activities to ensure the wellbeing of staff and residents, physical distancing, hygiene and cleaning, and record-keeping are adequately addressed. The general COVID-19 Safety Plan is a good start. Safety plans for any age care businesses also include guidelines for other activities in retirement villages.