Lockdown extended but construction to re-open
28th July 2021
by The Landscape Association
Today the NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian announced a further four-week extension to the lockdown in Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour through to midnight on Friday 27 August 2021. Changes to the current COVID-19 restrictions have also been announced. Key amongst these are measures which directly impact the construction and trade sector. From Saturday 31 July 2021:
This means that construction and maintenance works can recommence from Saturday, 31 July 2021 – other than within the eight specified LGAs (see below). However, all sites must have COVID safe plans in place and compliance will be strictly enforced.
Three additional Local Government Areas have been added to the list of LGAs which are under extreme lockdown. Adding to Fairfield, Canterbury/Bankstown, Liverpool, Blacktown and Cumberland, residents of Georges River, Campbelltown and Parramatta LGAs are now also not permitted to leave their areas. Construction is not permitted to take place in any of these LGAs until the lockdown is lifted. Only those whose work is on the list of authorised workers may leave those areas, and strict testing requirements continue to apply to those people.
Job saver has been expanded to cover a wider range of businesses. Individual COVID disaster payments from the Commonwealth government will be expanded.
The return to site is great news for the industry, but all members are reminded of the critical importance of following COVID-safe measures as you do so:
The latest information on restrictions and measures can be found on the NSW Health website. As the Public Health Order is updated, we will provide further information.
We are pleased to note that our industry’s voice has been heard and that outdoor trades have been acknowledged as low-risk, with special considerations given to our sector’s ability to work as freely as possible.
Please contact the TLA team on (02) 9630 4844 or via firstname.lastname@example.org should you need assistance.