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COVID19 Construction Update: NSW construction workers permitted to leave Locked Down LGAs, under strict restrictions

Posted by Ben Robertson | 12 August 2021 | Civil Contractors and Construction

On 11 August 2021, NSW Gov. announced an amendment to the public health order, allowing construction workers to leave and work outside Locked Down LGAs, under strict restrictions.

A large amount of construction workers reside in the locked down LGAs. The amendment to the order will assist in improving labour supply to sites, but labour for construction work will continue to be impacted by the effects of the current COVID-19 outbreak.

Updates to the NSW Government Public Health Order, on 11 August 2021:

  • Locked down LGAs now include 12 suburbs mainly in the East Ward of Penrith.
  • Persons permitted on a construction site are the lesser of:
      1. 1 person per 4 square metres; or
      2. If there is a current resourcing plan for the site – 50% of the maximum daily workforce for the site.
  • ‘Construction Site’ does not include a place where work is carried out in relation to a dwelling in which a person is residing.
  • Construction workers in the locked down LGAs must not enter a construction site in Greater Sydney unless the worker:
    1. Has had 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine; or
    2. Has had 1 dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at least 21 days ago;
    3. Had had 1 dose of a COVID-19 vaccine within 21 days and has been tested for COVID-19 within 72 hours;
    4. Has been certified by a doctor as being unable to have a COVID-19 vaccine and has been tested for COVID-19 within 72 hours.
  • Evidence that must carried by construction workers leaving locked down LGAs include:
    1. Proof of residence;
    2. Evidence from the Australian Immunisation Register as to doses of COVID-19 vaccine;
    3. Evidence of testing for COVID-19 (e.g. SMS or email from testing lab);
    4. Certificate specifying any medical contraindication for COVID-19 vaccine.

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