All sites in Greater Sydney can reopen
- This includes sites within the eight affected local government areas: Blacktown, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool and Parramatta.
- Construction sites (unoccupied) will be capped at 50% of their maximum daily project workforce to reduce contacts and mobility.
- It will be up to principal contractors and/or site owners to determine how that 50% is allocated between different types of personnel and workers. This recognises that worksites have different needs depending on the stage of construction.
- Sites are still required to have a COVID-19 safety plan in place.
- These initiatives complement the COVID safe measures already put in place right across Greater Sydney.
Construction workers on unoccupied sites will be added to the authorised worker list
- This means construction workers from the eight affected LGAs of concern can work on unoccupied sites within their LGA or leave their LGA for work, but they must meet vaccination conditions.
- The Public Health Order only allows the workers to leave for the purposes of work. That means when they are not working, all stay at home restrictions still apply.
- Workers from the affected LGAs who do not meet the vaccination conditions may not attend a construction site for work, including a construction site in the LGA of their residence.
- Workers outside the affected LGAs may travel into the LGAs for work and are not subject to vaccination requirements.
NSW Government Vaccine requirements
- Vaccination requirements have been put in place for workers who reside within the affected LGAs due to the high prevalence of COVID infections in those areas. There are known benefits of vaccinations for protecting those inoculated, as well as reducing the risk of passing on the infection.
- Construction workers from affected LGAs will be permitted to work within their LGA or leave their LGA only if they have evidence of one of the following:
- both vaccinations, or
- one vaccination at least three weeks prior, or
- one vaccination less than three weeks prior and a negative COVID-19 test no older than 72 hours. (NSW is currently trialling rapid antigen testing and when approved by NSW Health, that form of testing may be used.)
- Evidence of vaccination is available via the Medicare app or website.
- Exemptions will be in place for individuals with medical or other conditions that make vaccination unsuitable.
Super Sunday vaccine clinic
- Construction workers will be prioritised for vaccination at a dedicated clinic to be hosted at Sydney Olympic Park on Sunday 15 August.
- The clinic will administer the Astrazeneca, which is also readily available at some GPs and pharmacies.
- We understand there continues to be a wait for Pfizer vaccinations and we are unable to facilitate priority vaccinations of Pfizer at this time.
- Vaccinations help protect the health and wellbeing of our construction workers, their families and the broader community, reducing the risk of hospitalisation and death
- All construction workers, including those outside of the affected LGAs, are encouraged to get vaccinated. In particular, workers from the affected LGAs are urged to get their vaccination as soon as possible.
The NSW Government has published the Health Order here.