Construction restrictions easing from 31st July – here’s what you need to know

The NSW government has announced that construction restrictions will ease from 12.01am on Saturday 31st July. 

 

Here is the information you need to know if you are in Greater Sydney.

This includes the Blue Mountains, Wollongong, Central Coast, and Shellharbour local government areas (except for the Blacktown, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool and Parramatta local government areas) 

 

Construction at non-occupied sites
Construction will be allowed to resume at non-occupied sites with new COVID protocols to be introduced to keep workers and worksites safe. 

 

Construction or works in occupied premises

  • Renovations of homes where people are living can resume in Greater Sydney
  • Repairs, maintenance and cleaning services are permitted:    
  • In an outdoor area, no more than five persons can undertake work at the same time; 
  • In an indoor area, no more than two persons can undertake work at the same time; and 
  • If work is occurring in an indoor area on the premises, and other persons (such as members of the household) are present at the premises, the other persons must stay in a separate indoor area of the premises from the persons undertaking the work at all times. 

 

Mandatory Covid-19 Safety plan

 

  • All worksites in Greater Sydney must complete a Covid-19 Safety plan as an enforceable condition of resuming operations. This is a new requirement 

 

  • COVID-19 Safety Plans are recommended for construction sites outside of Greater Sydney, and for all construction, trade and home maintenance businesses
  • Complete your plan on the NSW Govt site here. You should complete it in consultation with your workers, then share it with them.
  • Here is an example Covid-19 Safety plan we have prepared to help guide you
  • Measures include controls on movements between sites, reduced contact between workers within sites, improved tracing capability and a focus on encouraging workers to get vaccinated

Mask requirements
In Greater Sydney, when you leave home, you must carry a face mask with you at all times.
You wear a face mask:

  • In indoor and outdoor areas of construction sites, except when an exemption applies such as when wearing a face mask creates a safety issue or there is a worksite emergency
  • In all indoor areas of non-residential premises
  • If you are on public transport

Preparation for restart
From Thursday 29th of July, work and activities in preparation for construction work at construction sites may be carried out including:

  • checking or maintaining installations and equipment
  • cleaning, waste removal or waste management
  • stocktaking or restocking
  • delivery of materials or equipment
  • servicing or installation of amenities
  • relocation on the construction site of plant or equipment
  • issuing permits or certificates 
  • establishing COVID Safe arrangements or procedures
  • erecting fencing or hoarding
  • inspections, including for
  • technical reasons, or
  • safety, including work, health and safety, or
  • for valuations or other financial reasons
  • removing water 
  • connecting power, fuel or services
  • safety work, including work related to fire safety or electrical safety
  • surveying or marking out 
  • training required to be carried out on the construction site

 

Construction isn’t permitted in the following areas
Construction activity can’t take place in the eight local Government Areas of Fairfield, Canterbury-Bankstown, Liverpool, Cumberland, Blacktown, Parramatta, George’s River and Campbelltown unless the work is urgently required.

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