Formerly House with No Steps and The Tipping Foundation

COVID-19 NSW update: New Year period

The NSW Government has confirmed some changes to restrictions for the New Year period. Find out more about what this means for Aruma services.

December 30, 2020

The NSW Premier advised that restrictions will continue to be in place but with some changes for the New Year period. You can read more about these on the NSW Government website.

How these changes impact our services

In addition to the above restrictions, the NSW Government has also made some adjustments to the Residential Care Facility Directives, which outline the rules for our Supported Independent Living homes for the period starting 30 December 2020 and ending on the 6 January 2021.

A summary of these updates and the changes to Aruma services is outlined below.

All services in NSW

All staff are required to wear masks while at work in the home.

Where customers are permitted to leave the home, a comprehensive checklist will need to be completed on return to ensure the safety of all customers living at the home. Please assist the local staff by providing the necessary information.

Northern Beaches: North of Narrabeen Bridge

There are no changes to the restrictions for this zone. Residents are still on ‘stay at home’ orders.

Northern Beaches: South of Narrabeen Bridge

Until midnight on 6 January 2021, no visitors will be permitted into the home unless it is to provide care and support.

It is recommended that residents do not leave the home other than for work, exercise, essential shopping or compassionate/medical reasons. Social visits and outings for customers are not permitted.

Customers are also not allowed to leave the Northern Beaches Local Government Area, except for the government permitted reasons.

Aruma’s services in this location are at a red rating. Find out more about what a red rating means.

Greater Sydney (which includes Blue Mountains, Wollongong and the Central Coast)

Until midnight on 6 January 2021, no visitors will be permitted into the home unless it is to provide care and support.

We strongly encourage customers to stay home for their own safety. We understand that some may want to visit / stay overnight at a family home. If these visits cannot be postponed, customers will need to complete the checklist mentioned above before returning to the home.

Customers are not allowed to travel to the Northern Beaches.

Community hubs in Greater Sydney (including Wollongong and Central Coast) will be closed until the 6th of January 2021. We will update you on any changes to this as soon as we receive new information from the NSW Government.

Flexible supports will continue, and staff will make sure they follow COVID-safe practices.

Aruma sites in the Greater Sydney, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Central Coast are at a red rating. Find out more about what a red rating means.

Regional and rural NSW

There are currently no restrictions on visitors to homes in regional or rural NSW. No visitors will be permitted into the home if they are from Greater Sydney or the Northern Beaches.

Aruma sites in regional NSW are at a green rating. Find out more about what a green rating means.

Monitor NSW site for new testing locations

New case locations and health alerts continue to be announced. Please make sure you keep yourselves across these. They can be found on the NSW Government’s website.

If you have any questions, please speak to your local staff. We thank you for your ongoing support and assistance.