28th June 2021 - The Premier announced that the lockdown in place for Greater Sydney, including the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour will be extended for four weeks (until Saturday, 28 August at 12.01am). Rules for regional NSW remain unchanged.

The new rules for Greater Sydney mean that from midnight tonight (28 July) people can only shop for essential items within their Local Government Area (LGA) or, if outside their LGA within 10 kilometres of their home.

 The rule which prohibits non-authorised workers from leaving the LGAs of Cumberland, Canterbury-Bankstown, Blacktown, Liverpool and Fairfield has been extended to include the LGAs of

  • Campbelltown
  • Parramatta
  • Georges River LGAs
 
Changes to surveillance testing come into effect Saturday, 31 July 
  • All authorised workers from Canterbury-Bankstown LGA must get tested once every three days in order to leave their LGA for work. 
  • People who live in the Fairfield and Cumberland LGAs but work outside these areas as health or aged care workers (including support services for health or aged care, such as cleaners, cooks and security providers) must be tested once every three days in order to be allowed to go to work outside their LGA.   
  • These surveillance testing requirements will be enforceable from Saturday, 31 July. However, relevant workers will have from today to get their first test. 
Updated information about Greater Sydney rules and restrictions can be found: Greater Sydney restrictions | NSW Government
 
Year 12 students will return to face to face learning on August 16 under strict COVID-19 protocols – all other students in the Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Wollongong, Central Coast and Shellharbour will continue remote learning for the next four weeks.
 
Please continue to check the NSW Government website for the latest information
 
Work from home
Councils in the Greater Sydney area including the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour are reminded that they are required to allow staff to work from home where practicable. In regional NSW employers must allow employees to work from home where practicable. 
 
Construction Sites
Construction on non-resident sites can recommence in Greater Sydney, from Saturday 31 July, with significant safety measure in place.
 
Construction will not recommence in the eight LGAs currently locked down:
  • Fairfield
  • Blacktown
  • Cumberland
  • Campbelltown
  • Canterbury- Bankstown,
  • Liverpool
  • Parramatta and
  • Georges River
Construction workers from the eight locked down LGAs are not authorised workers and are not are not able to leave the LGA for work.

Construction COVID-19 Safety plans will have to be completed for each worksite.
 
A defined list of preparatory works may commence on worksites prior to July 31, to enable sites to safely reopen and ensure Covid safe measures are in place and plant and equipment can be safely restarted.
 
Worksites in Greater Sydney will be allowed to operate on Sundays and public holidays from now until Christmas.
 
Construction supply chain businesses
Businesses which are critical to the construction supply chain will be permitted to continue operations if they are in one of the eight locked down LGAs and construction supply chain workers will be added to the authorised worker list and will be able to leave their LGA for work subject to meeting COVID-19 surveillance testing requirements.
 
Residential premises
Outside of the eight locked down LGAs, limited construction work in occupied premises including residential homes can resume from Saturday 31 July where:
  • There is zero contact between workers and residents – that is occupiers vacate the area of the works
  • There are no more than two workers inside and five workers outside 
Urgent works, including in the eight locked down LGAs can continue to be undertaken as per earlier advice.