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Access to aged care facilities restricted in seven Ipswich suburbs

Due to recently announced COVID-19 cases in Queensland, several Ipswich suburbs have now been declared restricted areas.

These include Brassall, Eastern Heights, Flinders View, Ipswich, North Ipswich, Raceview and Riverview.

Extra restrictions have now been put in place for residential aged care facilities in these suburbs.

The latest restrictions, which came into effect on Thursday 30 July, include:

  • Visitors
    • No personal visitors, including care and support visitors are allowed to enter
    • Only persons providing an essential purpose will be allowed to enter
    • End of life visits will still be allowed
    • Anyone entering a facility must wear a single use surgical face mask
  • Staff
    • Residential aged care facility operators must make sure staff do not work across multiple facility as much as possible

What is a restricted area?

Restricted areas are places in Queensland which are potentially at higher risk of COVID-19 transmission.

Public Health Directions may apply restrictions to the suburbs listed as restricted areas, such as restrictions on visitors in residential aged care facilities.

Declaring restricted areas ensures we are doing everything we can to stop the spread of COVID-19 in Queensland.

View the full list of Queensland COVID-19 restricted areas.

  • Residents
    • Cannot leave the residential aged care facility unless they are receiving health care, attending a funeral or for an emergency or for compassionate reasons
    • The residential aged care facility or the Chief Health Officer can provide an exemption for leave on compassionate reasons
  • Anyone providing media care (including staff, volunteers or family members) must wear appropriate PPE as outlined in the Australian Guidelines.

For more information on these latest restrictions visit Protecting aged care residents.

As at 9.30am on Friday, 31 July, these restrictions currently only apply to residential aged care facilities. Residents in the affected suburbs can otherwise continue as normal in accordance with other public health directions.

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