NEW RESTRICTIONS: Retail closed, construction paused

NEW RESTRICTIONS: Retail closed, construction paused

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Health Minister Brad Hazzard issued the following statement on Saturday morning.

Given the number of infectious cases in the community, the following changes will be made to further limit the spread of the COVID-19 Delta strain.

On the basis of updated health advice, the following changes come into effect across Greater Sydney including the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour until 11.59pm on Friday, July 30:

From 11.59pm on Saturday, July 17:

Retail premises will be required to close ('click and collect', takeaway and home delivery can still operate), except the following can remain open:

  • supermarkets and grocery shops,
  • shops that predominantly sell food or drinks; including butchers, bakeries, fruit shops and delicatessens, but does not include restaurants or cafes.
  • chemists and pharmacies,
  • kiosks,
  • shops that predominately sell office supplies, pet supplies, newspapers, magazines and stationery, alcohol, maternity and baby supplies, medical or pharmaceutical supplies,
  • food and drink premises, but only to sell takeaway
  • cellar door premises, but only to sell takeaway
  • hardware and building supplies,
  • landscaping material supplies,
  • rural supplies,
  • timber yards,
  • garden centres and plant nurseries,
  • vehicle hire premises, not including the premises at which vehicles are sold,
  • shops that predominately carry out mobile phone repairs.
  • Service stations, banks, post offices, laundromats and drycleaners can remain open.

In addition to the stay-at-home rules, residents of Fairfield, Canterbury-Bankstown and LiverpoolLGAs cannot leave their LGA for work except for emergency services and healthcare workers (including aged and disability workers). Where those workers do need to leave their LGA for work, they are required to be tested every three days, even if they do not have symptoms.

Anyone who leaves the home must have a mask with them at all times. They must be worn when you are working outdoors, in outdoor markets, outdoor shopping strips, and in an outdoor queues waiting for products such as coffee and food.

All carpooling to be stopped unless among members of the same household.

From 12.01am on Monday, July 19:

All construction to be paused and non-urgent maintenance, including cleaning services, and repair work on residential premises to be paused.

From 12.01am on Wednesday, July 21:

Employers must allow employees to work from home if the employee is able to do so, failure to do so can result in a fine of up to $10,000.

We are constantly reviewing the health advice and will continue to update the community if any changes are required.

All other restrictions currently in place across Greater Sydney including the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour will remain in place.

These decisions have not been made lightly and we understand this is a difficult time for the community and appreciate their ongoing patience.

It is vital people continue to come forward for testing to help us find any COVID-19 cases in the community.

Restrictions in regional NSW remain unchanged.