South Australia have entered one week of hardened restrictions. Several social restrictions have been put in place as a pre-emptive measure due to the spread of COVID-19 amongst other states in the country.
Current restrictions in place
From midnight, 29 June, the following restrictions are in effect for one week:
- Masks are to be worn in high-risk settings such as aged care facilities, hospitals and disability service settings. They are highly recommended for those using public transport or rideshare vehicles such as Uber.
- Density requirements for defined public health activities, including disability and aged care settings, have changed to 1 person per 2 square metres.
- Physical distancing must be applied.
- A maximum of 150 people will be allowed at private gatherings, including weddings and funerals.
- Masks are mandatory in indoor seated entertainment venues.
- Licensed premises, including pubs and clubs, will adhere to one person per two square metres. Alcohol consumption will only be allowed indoors.
- Communal facilities such as shisha lounges or buffets are not permitted.
- Singing has been banned at all indoor seated entertainment facilities, including choirs and karaoke venues.
Enhanced Lifestyles mask direction
As per guidance from the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Public Activities COVID-19 Direction No 25, we have provided the following direction to Lifestyle Attendants and Customers.
We recommend that Lifestyle Attendants wear a face mask for the next week whilst providing services to Customers. This is to ensure their health and wellbeing and the Customers whilst acting in accordance with the latest advice from the DHS and SA Health.
The following exceptions apply to taking off a face mask:
The Customer and/or Lifestyle Attendant providing services is not required to wear a mask if it hinders service provision or impacts the Customers safety.
A Customer receiving individual support in their own home is not expected to wear a mask.
Lifestyle Attendants and/or Customers are not required to wear a mask if they have a relevant medical condition, including problems with their breathing or a serious condition of the face.
A mask is not required to be worn in circumstances where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication. Such as to enable communication by or with any person who is deaf or hard of hearing.
A Customer or live-in Lifestyle Attendant of a Supported Independent Living (SIL) house may be exempt from wearing a mask if it has been risk assessed as causing distress or inconvenience for the Customer. Including circumstances in which it is not possible to comply with the physical distancing principle.
Sickness & COVID-19 Testing
As a general reminder to all, if you are displaying any cold or flu symptoms to not work at the risk of spreading infection. We kindly request that you get a COVID-19 test completed and to stay home until returning a negative result. This is the most effective method of safeguarding others from any possible infection.
We thank you for your understanding with this during these times.
The Enhanced Lifestyles Team