My 93-year-old mother is in residential care in Ballina and despite the fact that the Ballina LGA has no cases of COVID-19, she – and the 144 others in the RSL Florence Price Gardens – are locked down. Family and volunteer visits are forbidden.
The RSL’s policy is determined on active COVID cases within a radius of 100km. Despite the fact that all staff and residents are fully vaccinated there is no information on when the lockdown will finish, or indeed if it ever will. With the real possibility of the virus being within that 100km zone for the foreseeable future, are all these old dears to be locked down forever, when all they want in their remaining days is time with family?