The Chief Public Health Officer has provided guidance in relation to the requirements for close contacts working within a hospital, residential aged care facility, disability, corrections and other health care to safely return to work:

Residential aged care facilities

Advice has been issued for Residential aged care facilities (PDF 313KB) to reduce the impact of COVID on the health, wellbeing and social experiences of residents and staff and on the functioning of the facility.

More information is available on the Aged Care - COVID-19 page.

Businesses and organisations

If a person who has tested positive to COVID-19 has been on the premises, businesses and organisations should:

  • notify their staff and advise staff whether they meet the South Australian definition of a close contact.
  • inform customers and clients who were on the premise at the same as the positive case.

Premises will not be required to close unless:

  • advised by SA Health
  • the business decides there is insufficient staff available to keep the business open.

All businesses and organisations are strongly encouraged to have business continuity plans in place to ensure the safety of their staff, customers and clients.

Disability support workers

Advice has been issued for disability support workers who are close contacts and work in disability care facilities.

The protocol for frontline workers in disability care facilities’ (PDF 180KB) outlines the relevant provisions to return frontline workers who are close contacts to work. This documents also provides information for workers who have completed a seven-day period of isolation.

Hospital workers (private and public hospitals)

Advice has been issued for hospital workers (private and public) who are close contacts.

The Protocol for the management of close contact hospital staff (PDF 224KB) outlines the relevant provisions to return critical hospital workers who are close contacts to work.

Healthcare workers

Advice has been issued for healthcare workers who are close contacts. This covers a range of healthcare and healthcare service settings, including pharmacies.

The Protocol for healthcare workers (PDF 478KB) outlines the relevant provisions to return healthcare workers who are close contacts to work.

Corrections workers

Advice has been issued for corrections facility workers who are close contacts.

The Protocol for corrections facility workers (PDF 478KB) outlines the relevant provisions to return critical healthcare workers who are close contacts to work.