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Greater Sydney lockdown Q&A

Travel restrictions for Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Strathfield LGAs and some suburbs of Penrith

Local government areas of Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Strathfield LGAs and some suburbs of Penrith are listed as areas of concern. If you live in these areas you cannot leave the LGA you live in to go to work unless you are an authorised worker

From 20 September 2021

If you are an authorised worker, you will only be able to leave your local government area for work if you have: had at least 1 dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, or  evidence of a medical exemption. For more information, visit COVID-19 vaccination for workers.

From 9 September 2021

If you are an authorised worker, you must not leave your local government area for work unless you have had: at least 1 dose of a COVID-19 vaccine; or an appointment booked to be vaccinated on or before 19 September 2021 and have evidence of the appointment; or evidence of a medical exemption. For more information, visit COVID-19 vaccination for workers.

From Saturday 31 July 2021:

The pause on the construction industry in Greater Sydney was lifted. Additional restrictions still apply for construction in the Blacktown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Campbelltown and Parramatta Local Government Areas.

 

  • I live outside of the LGAs and suburbs of concern but need to enter to work, can I enter?
    • Answer: There is no restriction on people entering LGAs an suburbs of concern to provide services, work or deliver goods. However current stay-at-home orders for Greater Sydney still apply.
  • I live outside of LGAs and suburbs of concern, but want to enter to go shopping, can I enter?
    • Answer: Only one person per household per day is allowed to leave home to go shopping and they must stay within the local government area that they live in, or 5 kms from their home.
  • What if I live in one of the LGAs and suburbs of concern, but work in another one of the three?
    • Answer: In addition to the stay-at-home rules in place for Greater Sydney, residents of LGAs and suburbs of concern cannot leave their LGA (including travelling to another LGAs) for work, except where they are an authorised worker.
    • Answer: If authorised workers live in LGAs and suburbs of concern and need to leave their LGA for work, they must be tested every three days, even if they do not have symptoms. See further information about rules for testing for Greater Sydney workers.
  • I’m allowed to leave one of the LGAs and suburbs of concern for work, how often do I need to get tested and where can I get tested? 
  • I live in one of the LGAs and suburbs of concern and do office work that’s not classified as essential outside of the LGAs and suburbs of concern. It’s not safe for me to be at home all day. Can I still go to the office?  
    • Answer: The stay at home rules do not apply to you if you need to avoid injury or illness or escape a risk of harm. It is important that people are able to access whatever support they need to ensure that they are safe and well. If you are in any of the three local government areas and feel unsafe, you can leave home and access any support services you require.
    • Answer: For immediate assistance - 
      Beyond Blue 1800 51 23 48
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      If you are in an emergency, or at immediate risk of harm to yourself or others, please contact emergency services on Triple Zero (000).

Definition of ‘authorised work’ for which residents of LGAs and suburbs of concerns may leave their LGA

  • Answer: In addition to the stay-at-home rules in place for Greater Sydney, residents of LGAs and suburbs of concern cannot leave their LGA (including travelling to another one of the three LGAs) for work, except where they are an authorised worker.

Pause on the construction industry and definition of non-urgent maintenance, repairs, and cleaning in residential premises

  • Construction sites in Greater Sydney, Newcastle and the Hunter region are allowed to be open. Additional restrictions apply for construction in the LGAs and suburbs of concern.
  • 'Prescribed' trades work (cleaning, repairs, maintenance, alterations and additions to buildings, trade work, gardening and landscaping) can commence in Greater Sydney, Newcastle and the Hunter region if:
    • No more than 2 workers are working at the same time (whether or not the workers are carrying out prescribed work or other work) or 5 persons if they are all outside
    • No person, other than a worker, is in the same room when the worker is carrying out the work.
    • Additional restrictions apply for 'prescribed' trades work in the LGAs and suburbs of concern.
  • Can regular cleaning, repairs and maintenance of strata buildings continue, for example can maintenance workers empty bins in large apartment buildings or cleaners’ clean common areas?
    •  Answer: In general, cleaners and tradespeople are not permitted in residential premises, including strata buildings, in Greater Sydney, however they can attend residential premises when the services required are for ‘for the health, safety or security’ of the place of residence. This would cover essential cleaning and rubbish disposal etc in common property of strata buildings. However, a person who lives in the LGAs and suburbs of concern cannot leave their residence for work unless they are an authorised worker.
  • I work in a factory that manufactures construction material; do I continue to go to work?
    • Answer: Please refer to the current Public Health Order.
  • Can regular maintenance and cleaning of commercial premises continue?
    • Answer: Yes.
  • Will there be exemptions to complete or continue construction work that is critical and/or that poses a security or safety risk?
    • Answer: Construction sites in LGAs and suburbs of concern are required to shut down, subject to very limited exceptions. Please refer to the information relating to the construction activity pause.
  • Are suppliers to the construction industry able to remain operational? (e.g. to supply critical construction work with concrete)
    • Answer: Construction sites in LGAs and suburbs of concern are required to shut down, subject to very limited exceptions. Please refer to the information relating to the construction activity pause.

Definition of carpooling ban

  • Does carpooling include taxies and rideshare?
    • Answer: Carpooling restrictions apply to private vehicles only. Public transport and rideshare are exempted.
  • Does carpooling include being in the same vehicle for work purposes?
    • Answer: Carpooling may be used to engage in work, for example. Police officers travelling in a police vehicle
  • Does carpooling include caring responsibilities, e.g. a disabled or elderly relative
    • Answer: The following exemptions apply for carpooling under the current Public Health Order
      • to provide a public transport service, including taxis, hire cars and rideshares
      • to provide care or assistance to a vulnerable person
      • in an emergency
      • or for compassionate reasons

Definition of essential retail

  • What stores can remain open, do convenience stores count as grocery stores?
    • Answer: Most retail premises in Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour are closed to the public. Only certain premises can stay open.
  • Are there restrictions on what stores can sell, e.g. would Aldi need to stop selling homewares and electrical goods like TVs?
    • Answer: The Public Health Order directs certain types of stores to be closed. It does not regulate what stores can sell.

Financial support/impacts

  • I am a worker on reduced hours as a result of the restrictions: what financial support is available to me.
    • Answer: The NSW Government has put together a comprehensive package of supports for businesses and individuals to help with the impact of the lockdown during these challenging times. More information about this support package is available at: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/2021-covid-19-support-package
  • I am a business affected by the restrictions: what financial support is available to me.
    • Answer: The NSW Government has put together a comprehensive package of supports for businesses and individuals to help with the impact of the lockdown during these challenging times. More information about this support package is available at: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/2021-covid-19-support-package

 

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