The Disability Trust has been very focussed over the last few months on supporting participants, families and staff with opportunities to get vaccinated and we are pleased to see community vaccination rates at a level where we can start to recommence our programs and services. The NSW Government has announced that Day Programs are able to reopen and visits to SIL homes can recommence, both subject to certain requirements. This is a really positive development and we are working hard to increase access in a safe manner which meets all health guidelines.
Our staff are working hard to get as many of our programs up and running as possible and will be in contact with participants and families as each service reopens, communicating recommencement dates and program adjustments to ensure that capacity limits are adhered to.
Day Options requirements in effect from today, in accordance with NSW Health, are set out below:
- Up to 10 participants (not including staff) may participate in an indoor setting.
- The indoor venue must comply with social distancing requirements - 4 square metre rule.
- Masks are required for participants and staff in all indoor settings, unless a person has an exemption.
- Up to 30 participants, including staff, permitted in outdoor settings.
- Masks are no longer required in outdoor settings.
All those attending a day program are encouraged to be fully vaccinated. Participants should not attend a day program if they have any COVID-like symptoms.
The Disability Trust will continue to focus on keeping everyone in our services safe and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to our day programs and group programs.
Residential group homes (SIL)
From 11 October, according to updated NSW Health guidelines, visits to our homes can be organised according to the following requirements:
- Two visitors aged 16 years and over per resident per day.
- All visitors aged 16 years and over must be fully vaccinated.
- All residents (aged 16 years and over) receiving a visitor must be fully vaccinated.
- Visitors must have proof of vaccination or a medical exemption.
According to NSW Health advice, residents can enjoy access to the community to exercise, for recreational activities or to attend small family gatherings.
The Disability Trust has been working very hard to comply with NSW Health guidelines and to keep all of our clients and families safe. We wish everyone a safe re-entry out of lockdown arrangements.