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Aged care residents to welcome visitors again, but grandchildren must stay home

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Aged care residents will be permitted to join the rest of the state in reopening on October 11.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian confirmed fully-vaccinated residents will be able to receive two fully-vaccinated visitors at a time, once per day, when the eligible population reaches the 70 per cent vaccination threshold.

Children under 12 are excluded from the two visitor limit.

“We know this is welcome news for so many people.

“We … ask people to exercise a degree of caution – if you have symptoms or you’re not well, please don’t do it.

“You don’t want to compromise the safety of your loved one.”

Managing Director of Adventist Aged Care in Wahroonga Brian Swanepoel estimates around 90 per cent of residents in his facilities are vaccinated.

He told Jim Wilson while they’ll be glad to see their adult children, “it will be a bit of a let down that they can’t see the kids”.

“When our residents see their families, their faces light up, but when they see the little ones it’s [doubled].”

Press PLAY below to hear his response to the announcement in full

Image: NSW Health, Getty

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