ACT Lockdown – Further Details
18th August 2021
by The Landscape Association
The ACT Chief Health Officer has issued Public Health (Lockdown Restrictions) Emergency Direction 2021 (No 1) (the ‘Direction’) which came into effect at 5pm on Thursday 12 August 2021. The lockdown is in place until 2 September 2021. See the ACT COVID-19 Health page here.
Construction and maintenance are NOT considered essential business or activities and will therefore be required to stop under this Direction. Outlined below is further guidance to the ACT building and construction sector on the effect of the Direction.
Construction projects are expected to stop during the ‘lock-down.’
Construction sites must be made safe and secure during the lock-down.
It is acknowledged that ‘make-safe’ activities may need to occur. Only works necessary to shut down and make safe a site should occur in this period. This may include, for example:
In making a site safe, attention should be made to:
It is acknowledged that minimal site attendance will be required during the lockdown to ensure the closed site remains safe and secure.
Although transport, freight and logistics are essential services, deliveries should not occur at construction sites which are otherwise shut down.
All of NSW is now deemed a COVID-affected area.
For NSW residents who work on ACT construction projects
If you live in one of the following postcode areas (Click here to view postcodes), you can only enter the ACT for essential work (or healthcare reasons) as defined by the ACT Government.
For ACT residents who work on NSW construction projects
Generally, ACT residents who work on NSW construction, repair or maintenance projects are required to undertake 14 days quarantine upon return to the ACT. The only exception to this quarantine requirement is where:
If a construction activity is permitted in NSW, this does not by itself mean it is an essential construction activity for which ACT residents are allowed to travel. It is the ACT Government assessment of “essential” which applies, even if a project is in NSW.
The businesses outlined below can remain open.
No Garden Maintenance can occur during lockdown. Only essential services, including urgent repair and maintenance services, for example plumbing, electrical and heating repair, can occur.
The Australian Government has announced support for people affected by the latest Lockdown in the Australian Capital Territory. Claims will open 20 August 2021. More information can be found here.
We realise the impact this lockdown will have on many members. Contact the team at TLA with any questions on (02) 9630 4844 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo from TLA Member Manuka Gardens