We have received the following from the NSW Office of Local Government advising the NSW Government has extended the lockdown currently in place for Greater Sydney until 11.59 pm on 30 July 2021.

This means the restrictions currently in place across Greater Sydney including the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour will remain in place until this time. In these areas, online learning for students will also continue for an additional two weeks.

Restrictions in regional NSW will also be extended until 30 July 2021 but remain unchanged.

Councils across NSW, but especially in Greater Sydney, are asked to support adherence to the Public Health Orders where possible.

A copy of the latest Temporary Movement and Gathering Restrictions Public Health Order is available at the Legislation NSW website and further general information is available online.

If councils have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact your Office of Local Government Council Engagement Manager.

New requirements for workers

Essential workers from the Fairfield LGA who work outside the Fairfield LGA are required to get tested every three days.

  • From today those workers can continue to work in other LGAs if they have not been tested, but they must take reasonable steps to get tested prior to 17 July.
  • From 17 July, a worker must be tested every 72 hours to continue working outside Fairfield LGA; and provide evidence of their most recent test if requested by the police or their employer. Workers from the Fairfield LGA without symptoms can get tested outside the LGA, e.g. near their workplace.

Workers without symptoms do not need to wait for a negative COVID-19 result before attending work – they need only to have been tested within the past 72 hours. If a positive test result is received, the worker will need to self-isolate immediately, in line with a public health order and the usual COVID advice.

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Workers from Greater Sydney can continue to work more than 50km from the outer boundary of the Shellharbour, Wollongong, Wollondilly, Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and Central Coast LGAs if they have not been tested, however they must take reasonable steps to get tested prior to 19 July. 

  • From 19 July, a worker must be tested every 7 days to continue working more than 50 kilometres outside of Greater Sydney and provide evidence of their most recent test if requested by the police or their employer.

Workers without symptoms do not need to wait for a negative COVID-19 result before attending work – they need only to have been tested within the past 7 days. If a positive test result is received, the worker will need to self-isolate immediately, in line with a public health order and the usual COVID advice.

Workplace guidance

NSW Health reports that transmission in workplaces remains a concern and stresses that everyone should work from home where possible. They offer the following guidance for essential workplaces:

  • Limit the interaction and mixing of employees.
  • Prevent meetings and gatherings.
  • Reduce the size of the groups working together.
  • It is mandatory to wear masks – including indoors and outdoors on construction sites.
  • Remind everyone in the workplace that they must not attend if they have even mild cold like symptoms. They need to get a test immediately and isolate until they get a negative result.
  • Remind everyone in the workplace to check the NSW Government website everyday for updated venues in case they are a contact

Support for businesses and workers affected by the current COVID-19 lockdown  

The NSW Government announced a comprehensive economic support package worth up to $5.1 billion aimed at helping businesses and people across NSW. The package aims to protect business, save and keep jobs through the lockdown and ensure people have support during an uncertain and difficult time.

Detailed information about the package is now available.

Key features include:

  • Expanded business grants program with grants between $7500 and $15,000 available to eligible businesses with annual wages up to $10 million.
  • Introduction of a new grant program for smaller micro businesses with turnover between $30,000 and $75,000.
  • Protection for thousands of employees with NSW committing half of a new $2.1 billion business and employee support program to be delivered together with the Commonwealth.
  • Payroll tax waivers of 25 per cent for businesses with Australian wages of between $1.2 million and $10 million that have experienced a 30 per cent decline in turnover.
  • Greater protection for residential tenants with a targeted eviction moratorium
  • Compulsory mediation for commercial and retail landlords before recovering a security bond, or locking out or evicting a tenant impacted by the Public Health Order.
  • Land tax concession offered to commercial, retail and residential landlords they reduce their tenant’s rent.

SOURCE - Office of Local Government