Previous NSW Press Conference Updates

Monday 6 September 2021

  • In the last week, NSW had 750,000 people who came forward to get vaccinated in NSW.
  • 5 deaths were recorded.
  • One woman in her 80s (received only one dose and had significant underlying conditions), one woman in her 50s (unvaccinated), one woman in her 80s (unvaccinated), one man in his 60s (the case has been referred to the coroner), and one man in his 90s (fully vaccinated but had significant underlying conditions)
  • Around 1,100 people with COVID are currently being cared for by NSW Health.
  • 1,071 COVID cases have been admitted to hospital.
  • There are currently 177 people with COVID in ICU (67 requiring ventilation).
  • The surge capacity of the intensive care units in NSW is 1,550.
  • Positive sewerage detection in Byron Bay.
  • The areas with the highest case rates include Greenacre, Georges Hall, Auburn, Bankstown, Dubbo, Bass Hill, Guildford, Merrylands, Punchbowl, Blacktown, and Yagoona.
  • The Central Coast and Wollongong are also seeing increasing levels of cases.
  • If you live in any of these areas, you should get tested even with the mildest of symptoms.

Sunday 5 September 2021

  • 40% of the population aged over 16 in NSW have officially been fully vaccinated.
  • 73% of our population aged over 16 have received their first dose.
  • Once we reach 80% of our population having received one dose, we will have confidence that we will reach 80% of both doses.
  • This will allow NSW to open back up.
  • Not many places around the world have reached that and we can have confidence that it will be reached here in NSW.
  • Today is a ‘Super Sunday Vaccination Blitz’ for emergency servicehealthcare, and aged care workers that live in the 12 LGAs of concern.
  • There are currently 1,030 people with COVID-19 in NSW that have been admitted to hospital.
  • 175 are in intensive care (72 requiring ventilation).
  • There were three deaths recorded yesterday.
  • One woman in her 50s (received only one dose of the vaccine), one woman in her 70s (unvaccinated with significant underlying health conditions), one man in his 70s (unvaccinated with significant underlying health conditions).
  • Positive sewerage detection in Byron Bay, Tamworth, Glen Innes, Cooma, and West Kempsey.
  • Sydney suburbs with the highest case rates include Guildford, Auburn, Merrylands, Yagoona, Greenacre, Liverpool, Georges Hall, and Bass Hill.
  • Anyone that lives in these areas should come forward for testing immediately if they display even the mildest of symptoms.

Saturday 4 September 2021

  • There are currently around 11,000 people with COVID-19 who are being cared for by NSW Health.
  • Around 90% of these people are receiving care at home or in NSW Health special accommodation.
  • There are currently 1,041 people with COVID-19 in NSW that are in hospital.
  • 173 people are in ICU (62 requiring ventilation).
  • 137 of the 173 people in ICU are unvaccinated and 29 have received only one dose.
  • 4 deaths were recorded yesterday.
  • One man in his 60s, one woman in her 80s, one man in his 50s, and one man in his 70s.
  • None of these people were vaccinated.
  • Almost 130,000 vaccinations were administered yesterday in NSW.
  • There are various avenues available to get vaccinated.
  • 72% of people in NSW aged over 16 have received at least one dose.
  • Almost 40% of people in NSW aged over 16 are fully vaccinated.
  • Tomorrow is a ‘Super Sunday Vaccination Blitz’ for emergency service, healthcare, and aged care workers that live in the 12 LGAs of concern.

Friday 3 September 2021

Key Points from Premier Gladys Berejiklian

  • 827,000 people in NSW have come forward to get vaccinated in the past week.
  • 12 deaths were recorded yesterday.
  • One woman in her 30s (unvaccinated), four men in their 70s, one woman in her 80s, one man in his 80s, three women in their 70s, one woman in her 60s, and one man in his 90s.
  • Currently, there are around 11,000 people with COVID-19 that are being cared for by NSW Health.
  • The vast majority of those are receiving at-home care or in NSW Health’s special health accommodation.
  • There are 979 people with COVID in hospital.
  • There are 160 people in ICU (63 requiring ventilation).
  • 127 of the people in ICU are unvaccinated.
  • Sydney suburbs with the most concerning case rates include Auburn, Guildford, Merrylands, Greenacre, Bankstown, and Liverpool.
  • Positive sewerage detection in Jindabyne, Cooma, Bega, Bomaderry, Wauchope, and Blayney.
  • Anyone in these areas should come forward for testing. Click here to find your nearest testing site.
  • The vaccine takes around 2 weeks to kick in.
  • Due to the high uptake of the jabs that we have been experiencing, we will begin to see the benefits of vaccination in our community following that two-week period.
  • However, due to this two-week lag, the highest number of people in ICU beds is likely to occur during the month of October.
  • Next week, the NSW Government will outline in detail the steps they have taken in the past 18 months to prepare for this surge in hospitalisations.
  • If you follow the Health Orders and you get yourself vaccinated, you have far less reason to fear the disease.
  • The Premier has been having productive discussions with the Prime Minister about vaccine supplies.
  • The Prime Minister is working tirelessly to get more vaccines to NSW and to all Australians.
  • The COVID-19 vaccine will be something that we will get on a yearly basis, much like the flu shot.

Thursday 2 September 2021

Key Points from Premier Gladys Berejiklian

  • 121,000 people in NSW came forward yesterday to get vaccinated.
  • We have passed the 7 million jabs mark.
  • 7 deaths were recorded yesterday.
  • A man in his 80s (had underlying health conditions and wasn’t vaccinated).
  • One woman in her 80s (wasn’t vaccinated).
  • A man in his 70s (had underlying health conditions and received both doses).
  • A man in his 80s (had underlying health conditions and received both doses).
  • A man in his 50s (had underlying health conditions and wasn’t vaccinated).
  • Another man in his 70s and a woman in her 80s also died.
  • There are currently 160 people in intensive care (64 requiring ventilation).
  • It is anticipated that October will be the worst month in terms of loss of life and hospitalisations.
  • It looks as though NSW will be the first state/territory in Australia to reach 70% first dose vaccination.
  • From 5 pm tomorrow (Friday 3 September), the one-hour daily exercise limit will be lifted in Sydney’s LGAs of concern.
  • The 9 pm – 5 pm curfew in these areas will remain in place.
  • We anticipate to reach the 70% fully vaccinated target around the middle of October.
  • The privileges that will exist in NSW once we reach that target will only be extended to those who have received both doses.
  • Positive sewerage detection in Bega, Cooma, and Bomaderry.
  • Sydney suburbs with the highest case rates are Auburn, Guildford, Greystanes, Bankstown, Punchbowl, Blacktown, and Liverpool.

Wednesday 1 September 2021

Key Points from Premier Gladys Berejiklian

  • 148,000 vaccinations were administered yesterday.
  • 4 deaths were recorded yesterday.
  • One woman in her 50s, one woman in her 60s, one woman in her 70s, and one in her 80s.
  • All were unvaccinated and all had underlying health conditions.
  • 917 people with COVID are in hospital.
  • 150 of these are in intensive care (66 requiring ventilation).
  • The vast majority of people in ICU (127) have not been vaccinated.
  • September is the month where NSW prepares itself to reopen.
  • Individuals should get themselves vaccinated.
  • Businesses should make sure that you have your COVID Safety Plan in place and that their employees are vaccinated so that we can get back to life.
  • It is anticipated that we shall reach our 70% vaccination rate around the middle of October.
  • NSW will begin to reopen at this point.
  • We are expected to reach 80% at the beginning of November.
  • We will start to reopen international travel at this point.
  • It is impossible to eliminate the Delta strain.

Tuesday 31 August 2021

Key Points from Premier Gladys Berejiklian

  • 2/3 of the adult population in NSW have received their first vaccine dose.
  • 3 deaths were recorded to 8 pm last night
  • One female in her 50s with underlying health conditions, one male in his 80s and one male in his 90s.
  • 871 people with COVID are in hospital.
  • 143 of these cases are in intensive care (58 requiring ventilation).
  • 70% of the adult population being fully vaccinated will bring much more freedom to NSW.
  • 80% will mean the reopening of international borders and welcoming Australians home.
  • Anyone in the suburbs of Guildford, Merrylands, Auburn, Greenacre, and Blacktown (and surrounding suburbs) should immediately come forward for testing.
  • We must also see a rise in the vaccination rates of the above suburbs and within all 12 Local Government Areas of concern.

Monday 30 August 2021

Key Points from Premier Gladys Berejiklian

  • NSW has reached 6.8 million jabs.
  • Nearly 2/3 of the adult population in NSW have now received their first dose and 36% are fully vaccinated.
  • There are currently 840 COVID cases in hospital.
  • 137 of these cases are in intensive care (48 requiring ventilation).
  • There were 4 deaths recorded overnight.
  • One man in his 50s, one woman in her 60s, and two men in their 70s.
  • The in Greater Sydney where case numbers are highest include:
    • Guildford;
    • Merrylands;
    • Auburn;
    • Greenacre;
    • Yagoona;
    • Punchbowl; and
    • Blacktown (and surrounding suburbs).
  • We are also seeing some spillover from workers in the LGAs of concern into areas including:
    • Ryde;
    • Meadowbank; and
    • the Inner-West suburbs (e.g., Marrickville).
  • Positive sewerage detection in:
    • Trangie; and
    • Byron Bay.
  • Anyone in these areas should come forward for testing even with the mildest of symptoms.
  • All workplaces must ensure they are strictly following their COVID Safety plans.
  • The focus has shifted from case numbers to vaccination rates and rates of hospitalisation.
  • It stands to reason that higher vaccination rates mean lower numbers of cases and hospitalisations.

Sunday 29 August 2021

Key Points from Premier Gladys Berejiklian

  • In the past week, NSW has seen 834,000 people come forward to get vaccinated.
  • This is a record-breaking week for vaccinations in NSW.
  • 65% of the NSW population have now received at least one dose and 35% are fully vaccinated.
  • This means we are halfway to the 70% vaccination target that will be the point where NSW sees much more freedom.
  • It is expected that we shall reach this target somewhere in October.
  • 6 people with COVID died in the last 24 hours.
  • 3 people were in their 80s and 3 were in their 70s.
  • 4 of the deaths were unvaccinated and 2 had only one dose.
  • 813 COVID cases are currently in hospital.
  • 126 of these cases are in intensive care (54 requiring ventilation).
  • 113 of the cases in ICU are unvaccinated and 12 have received only one dose.
  • Sport Super Sunday is being held at vaccination centres for the 12 local government areas of concern this weekend to help Team NSW beat COVID-19.

Click here to watch the Press Conference in full.

Saturday 28 August 2021

Key Points from Health Minister Brad Hazzard

  • 61,778 were vaccinated at the NSW State Vaccination Hubs just yesterday.
  • This is the largest number of vaccinations our State Hubs have seen in one day in history.
  • There were another 94,387 vaccinations given yesterday by GPs and pharmacists in NSW.
  • A total of 156,165 people were vaccinated in NSW just yesterday.
  • Two deaths were recorded yesterday.
  • One woman in her 70s and one woman in her 80s.
  • 778 cases of COVID are currently in hospital.
  • 125 of those cases are in intensive care (with 52 requiring ventilation).
  • Of those in intensive care, 110 have not received a COVID-19 vaccination, 14 have only had one dose, and only one person has had both doses.
  • As of today, the first drive-thru vaccination clinic will be opening in Dubbo at the local showground.
  • As from 12:01 am Friday 3 September, weddings will be allowed with 5 guests in attendance.
  • The areas with the most concerning number of cases include:
    • Guildford;
    • Merrylands;
    • Auburn;
    • Bankstown; and
    • Greystanes.
  • Positive sewerage detection found in the regional areas of:
    • Brewarrina;
    • Moree;
    • Merimbula;
    • Baradine; and
    • Bonny Hills.
  • People in these communities should come forward for testing even with the mildest of symptoms.
  • Sport Super Sunday is being held at vaccination centres for the 12 local government areas of concern this weekend to help Team NSW beat COVID-19.
  • Priority bookings have been extended to now cover those residing in the LGAs of concern aged 16-49.
  • Those residing in the Camden LGA have also been given access to these priority bookings as a precautionary measure.

Click here to watch the Press Conference in full.

Friday 26 August 2021

Key Points from Premier Gladys Berejiklian

  • 143,000 vaccinations yesterday.
  • NSW now at 6.4 million jabs.
  • Nearly 62% of NSW has had at least one dose.
  • Two deaths, both had only one vaccine dose, and both had underlying health conditions.
  • 96% of cases in ICU are not vaccinated.
  • Camden and all of Penrith may become areas of concern if cases do not stabilise.
  • HSC exams will be pushed to 9 November 2021.
  • Final marks won’t be available until mid-January 2022.
    • Universities have agreed to accommodate this delay.
  • Face-to-face learning will recommence from 25 October 2021.
    • Kindergarten and Year One will restart face-to-face learning first, with other grades to follow progressively.
  • School campus workers will be required to be vaccinated by 8 November 2021.
  • A special week of vaccination for teachers and school staff will commence on 6 September 2021.
  • If any area comes out of lockdown before 25 October 2021, children in that area will be able to return to school.
  • The Federal Government has announced that 12-15 year olds will have access to the vaccine in September.

Click here to watch the Press Conference in full.

Thursday 26 August 2021

11 am Press Conference

Key Points from Premier Gladys Berejiklian

  • 136,000 vaccinations – a new NSW record.
  • NSW now administered 6.2 million jabs.
  • 88% of people in ICU are unvaccinated.
  • 3 deaths – all were unvaccinated.
  • 80% of new cases are still in the South-Western/Western Sydney area.
  • In Western NSW, Dubbo is still a concern.
    • Regional lockdown will extend until midnight Friday 10 September as a precautionary method.
  • In LGAs of concern, as of 13 September:
    • Fully vaccinated people will be permitted to leave the house each day for an hour of recreation, in addition to the 1 hour for exercise.
    • Recreation includes having a picnic, sitting in a park.
    • The 5km rule still applies.
    • All other Public Health Order rules must be adhered to
  • In Greater Sydney, as of 13 September:
    • 5 people will be able to gather outdoors for recreation (picnics, sitting in a park, BBQ’s, etc.).
    • If you are 18+, must be fully vaccinated for this easing of restrictions to apply.
    • The 5km rule still applies.
    • All other Public Health Order rules must be adhered to.
  • When 70% of NSW is fully vaccinated things will really start to open up again.
    • NSW is ahead of schedule.
    • Reaching the 70% vaccination target is anticipated to be as soon as early October.
  • Participation in any relaxation of lockdown restrictions WILL ONLY BE FOR FULLY VACCINATED PEOPLE.
  • Industry and businesses are urged to start preparing to reopen.
  • In the next couple of weeks, the NSW Government will make the roadmap for reopening public.
    • Again, participation WILL ONLY BE FOR FULLY VACCINATED PEOPLE.

Click here to watch the Press Conference in full.

Wednesday 25 August 2021

11 am Press Conference

Key Points from Premier Gladys Berejiklian

  • 6.1 million jabs have now been administered in NSW.
  • Nearly 1/3 of all NSW have been full vaccinated.
  • 142, 252 tests were performed yesterday.
    • 113 people in ICU.
    • 88% of these cases are unvaccinated.
    • 12% have had only one dose of the vaccine.
  • 2 deaths.
    • One female in her 30s whose case has been referred to the coroner for investigation.
    • One man in his 80s with significant underlying health conditions.
  • 16-39 year olds in the LGAs of concern are being strongly encouraged to come forward for vaccination.
  • Suburbs of concern remain:
    • Guildford;
    • Granville;
    • Greystanes;
    • Auburn;
    • Merrylands;
    • Yagoona;
    • Punchbowl; and
    • Blacktown.
  • Positive sewerage detection in the following areas:
    • Bateau Bay;
    • Toukley; and
    • Merimbula.
    • Please get tested even with the mildest of symptoms.
  • The cases in Dubbo remain a cause for concern.

Click here to watch the Press Conference in full.

Tuesday 24 August 2021

11 am Press Conference

Key Points from Premier Gladys Berejiklian

  • NSW has now reached the milestone of 6 million jabs.
  • An announcement will be made later this week regarding the freedoms that fully vaccinated people will have from September.
  • 60% of NSW has now had at least one dose and around 32% are fully vaccinated.
  • There were no deaths recorded overnight.
  • 107 COVID cases in ICU.
  • 89% are unvaccinated.
  • 11% have had only one dose.
  • 0% are fully vaccinated.
  • The main suburbs of concern include:
    • Auburn;
    • Merrylands;
    • Yagoona;
    • Guildford;
    • Bankstown;
    • Punchbowl;
    • Blacktown (and the surrounding suburbs).
  • There has been a significant jump in the vaccination rates within certain communities, including:
    • Blacktown;
    • Burwood;
    • Fairfield; and
    • Canterbury-Bankstown.
  • 16-39 in the 12 LGAs of concern will be the guaranteed priority for the vaccine if they make a booking.
  • Nearly 300,000 bookings have been made.
  • We want to see this number increase.

Click here to watch the Press Conference in full.

Monday 23 August 2021

11 am Press Conference

Key Points from Premier Gladys Berejiklian

  • A record 738,000 people came forward for vaccination last week in NSW.
  • NSW has reached 5.9 million jabs.
  • NSW is more than a week ahead of schedule in reaching 6 million jabs before 29 August.
  • 160,000 people came forward for testing in the last 24 hours.
  • Yesterday’s deaths were all in their 80’s with serious underlying health conditions.
  • There are currently:
    • 586 COVID hospitalisations in NSW;
    • 100 people in intensive care;
    • 32 requiring ventilation;
    • 87% of people in ICU have not been vaccinated, 13% have only had one dose.
  • The Government is more focused on vaccination rates rather than case numbers.
  • The suburbs that remain the largest generators of cases include:
    • Merrylands;
    • Guildford;
    • Auburn;
    • Greystanes;
    • Greenacre;
    • Bankstown; and
    • Blacktown (and surrounding suburbs).
  • Positive sewerage detection in the areas of:
    • Bateau Bay;
    • Lithgow;
    • Bathurst;
    • Parkes; and
    • Orange.
  • People in these areas should come forward for testing immediately.
  • Anyone between the ages of 16-39 in the LGAs of concern, please come forward and get vaccinated.
  • These people can book their vaccination here (it is expected that you will be vaccinated within the same week that you make your booking).
  • Once we reach 80%, we still cannot expect to get to 0 cases. We need to learn to live with Delta and that is through vaccination.

Click here to watch the Press Conference in full.

Sunday 22 August 2021

11 am Press Conference

Key Points from Health Minister Brad Hazzard

  • NSW is amongst the highest – if not the highest – globally in terms of vaccination rates.
  • Around 50,000 people each day are being vaccinated at the NSW State Vaccination Hubs.
  • Almost 58% of NSW residents have now received their first dose and almost 31% are fully vaccinated.
  • In the last 7 days, 750,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered.
  • Each week, the total number of people receiving one dose is increasing by around 6%.

Watch the full press conference here.

Saturday 21 August 2021

11 am Press Conference

Key Points from Premier Gladys Berejiklian

  • 120,000 people came forward to get vaccinated in NSW yesterday.
  • We are now at 5.7 million jabs.
  • 55% of NSW residents have received their first dose and nearly 30% have been fully vaccinated.
  • The suburbs that remain of high concern in Western and South Western Sydney are:
    • Blacktown (and the surrounding suburbs);
    • Auburn;
    • Guildford;
    • Merrylands;
    • Yagoona; and
    • Greenacre.
  • There has been a stabilisation in parts of Western NSW, but the far North-Western part of the State remains a grave concern.
  • Service NSW sent 1 million text messages to people aged 16-39 in the LGAs of concern to alert them to their priority access to the vaccine.
  • If you qualify for this priority access, book your vaccination here.
  • If the current uptake of doses continues, NSW will get to 70% of the population being fully vaccinated by the end of October and 80% by mid-November.
  • Next week, announcements will be made on how NSW can provide relief once we reach 6 million jabs.

Friday 20 August 2021

11 am Press Conference

Key Points from Premier Gladys Berejiklian

See the NSW Government’s Media Release on ‘New protections and compliance rules to carry NSW through to vaccination targets’.

Thursday 19 August 2021

11 am Press Conference

Key Points from Premier Gladys Berejiklian

  • A record 110,000 vaccinations yesterday.
  • NSW has passed 5,500,000 vaccinations.
  • 53% of NSW population has at least one dose.
  • 28% of NSW population is fully vaxxed.
  • 119,000 tests performed yesterday.
  • 1 death – a man in his 80’s with an additional serious health issue. He had only 1 vaccine dose.
  • 87% of those in ICU have no been vaccinated.
  • Majority of cases are still in Western & South Western Sydney.
    • Suburbs of concern(and with fastest infection growth rate) include:
      • Merrylands;
      • Guildford;
      • Auburn;
      • Lidcombe;
      • Greenacre;
      • Blacktown; and
      • Granville.
    • In these areas, when leaving the house, assume you have the virus, and assume anyone you are in contact with has the virus.
    • Protect yourself, your loved ones, and your community by staying at home and following the Health Orders.
  • There is concern of cases developing in:
    • Wilcannia; and
    • Dubbo
      • Please come forward to get tested, even if with the mildest symptoms.
  • Sewerage detection but no cases in:
    • Forster;
    • Bateau Bay; and
    • Yamba.
      • Please come forward to get tested, even if with the mildest symptoms.
  • The lockdown in Regional NSW will now last until at least 28 August 2021.
    • Understand that vast areas of regional NSW are without any cases, but the community expects the State government to take a precautionary response with the aiming of ensuring 0 cases in the regions.
  • Federal government has provided an additional 500,000 Pfizer doses for 16-39 year olds.
    • These MUST be used within 2.5 weeks;
    • Please come forward to get vaccinated.
  • At 6 million jabs, those who are fully vaxxed will have the opportunity to do things that they can’t do now.
  • 70% of NSW expected to be fully vaxxed by end of October.
  • 80% of NSW expected to be fully vaxxed by mid-November.
  • 80% gives us enormous opportunities for freedoms that we don’t have now.
  • There is light at the end of the tunnel.
  • Higher vaccination rates mean that life will be much rosier.
  • NSW can lead the way in:
    • keeping people out of hospital;
    • reducing deaths; and
    • giving citizens opportunities to live as freely and safely as possible.

Wednesday 18 August 2021

11 am Press Conference

Key Points from Premier Gladys Berejiklian

  • Each infected person is transmitting to at least 1 other person
  • To stop the spread, please stay at home.
  • You cannot get the virus if you don’t have contact with other people
  • The majority of cases are being transmitted at hokes and in workplaces.
  • 87% of new cases are in South-Western and Western Sydney
  • 4% of new cases are in Western NSW
  • No deaths of people who are fully vaccinated.
  • The suburbs of greatest concern are:
    • Merrylands
    • Guildford
    • St Marys
    • Auburn
    • Greenacre
    • Yagoona
    • Strathfield
  • Residents and people who have visited Wilcannia are strongly encouraged to get tested.
  • NSW is aiming to 500,000 jabs into 16-39 years olds in the LGAs of concern
  • Federal Government has provided an additional 500,000 Pfizer doses that will be going straight to these people.

Tuesday 17 August 2021

11 am Press Conference

Key Points from Premier Gladys Berejiklian

  • Residents of the following 7 suburbs in Greater Sydney must be especially careful, and are strongly encouraged to come forward for vaccination:
    • Blacktown;
    • Seven Hills;
    • Merrylands;
    • Guildford;
    • Auburn;
    • Bankstown; and
    • Greenacre.
  • The case numbers in West Dubbo, Walgett, and Bourke remain a concern.
  • Extra supports are being sent to these areas.
  • NSW vaccination rates continue to power ahead.
  • NSW has hit the mark of 5.2 million jabs.
  • We are well on our way to reaching our goal of 6 million jabs by the end of August.
  • Nearly 52% of NSW residents have received at least one jab.
  • In the next three weeks, NSW will have a vaccination blitz for people aged 16-39 in the LGAs of concern. Please make your booking here.
  • We want to increase vaccination rates in those older than 70 years of age.
  • If you are over 70, book your vaccinate through the NSW website or if you live in the regions, contact your GP, pharmacist, or Local Area Health Service.
  • At this rate, NSW will hit 70% double doses at the end of October, and 80% in mid-November.
  • Whilst reaching these targets won’t mean that we will be completely free, we will be living more freely than we are living today.
  • Our key aim will be keeping people out of hospital and keeping people alive.
  • We anticipate September and October will be our most difficult months.

Monday 16 August 2021

11 am Press Conference

Key Points from Premier Gladys Berejiklian

  • 157,000 tests yesterday.
  • No deaths have occurred for people with both doses of the vaccine.
  • The two deaths under 70 years of age had significant comorbidities.
  • South Western Sydney remains the area of most concern, particularly the following suburbs:
    • Merrylands
    • Guildford
    • Granville
    • Blacktown
    • Mt Druitt
    • Yagoona
    • Greenacre
    • Bankstown
  • People in western Dubbo and Walgett are asked to stay at home.
  • This week we vaccinated 100,000 authorised workers within the LGAs of concern.
  • The NSW Government is inviting everybody who is aged between 16-39 in the LGAs of concern to come forward and get vaccinated immediately.
  • Please do not put off having your second dose.
  • Health officials have advised the recommended second dose of AstraZeneca to be brought forward to 4-6 weeks following the first dose.
  • Operation STAY AT HOME began at midnight last night.
  • In the Sydney Local Health District, NSW Health has been community pop-up vaccination clinics since July.
  • These clinics have been running in Lakemba, Greenacre, Campsie, Riverwood, Glebe, Redfern, and Waterloo.
  • Recreation is no longer permitted in LGAs of concern, see updated COVID restrictions for Greater Sydney.
  • NSW is working with the Commonwealth to provide assistance and access to testing and vaccines for our rural indigenous communities.

Sunday 15 August 2021

11 am Press Conference

Key Points from Premier Gladys Berejiklian

  • Western and South Western Sydney remain the areas of most concern.
  • The main suburbs of concern include:
    • Blacktown;
    • Mt Druitt;
    • Marayong;
    • Merrylands;
    • Auburn; and
    • Guildford.
  • We are seeing a stabilisation in case numbers within the Hunter Region.
  • NSW has reached over 5 million jabs in arms.
  • 50% of the NSW population has received their first dose.
  • This morning, the Prime Minister announced that we shall be receiving an additional 1 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine.
  • NSW will use that supply to target individuals aged between 16-39 in the LGAs of concern.
  • Priority vaccination appointments are available today for construction workers, tradespeople, and apprentices aged 16 and over in the LGAs of concern.
  • Please come forward and get vaccinated and don’t be fussy about the brand.
  • Walgett, Dubbo, and the Central Coast continue to be areas of particular concern.
  • The Royal Flying Doctors Service was able to assist with vaccination efforts in Wilcannia.
  • The RFDS will continue to be in the area for the next couple of days to ensure that vulnerable communities have access to the vaccine.
  • As of midnight tonight, NSW Police shall launch ‘operation stay-at-home‘.

Saturday 14 August 2021

11 am Press Conference

Key Points from Premier Gladys Berejiklian

  • Almost 130,000 tests to 8pm last night
  • Stabilisation in Fairfield & Canterbury-Bansktonw LGAs
    • decline in growth of cases
    • 40% of population now has at least 1 doses of a vaccine
  • Concerns are:
    • Western & South-Western Sydney
      • Suburbs with the highest rate of growth of infections
        • Blacktown
        • Doonside
        • Mt Druitt
        • Merrylands
        • Guildford
        • Auburn
    • In Western NSW, Dubbo, Walgett and surrounds
    • Hunter, New England
  • Tamworth, Armidale, and Northern Rivers have no new cases
    • Concerns in Armidale and lockdown has been extended 7 days
  • 50% of NSW population now has had a first dose of a vaccine
  • High vaccination rates coupled with lockdowns brings us out of the dire situation we are in
  • Tomorrow (Sunday) 10,000 tradies and construction workers in the LGAs of concern will be vaccinated
  • This week, 100,000 authorised workers from the LGAs of concern will be vaccinated
  • Vaccination prevents death, and the spread of the disease.
  • Do not wait for a vaccine, get whichever is available to you now (speak with your GP if you have concerns)
  • It is a handful of people doing the wrong thing that causes major setbacks
  • If in the affected LGAs, you will need to register your “singles buddy”
  • Detection in sewerage these area. Please get tested if you have even the mildest of symptoms
    • Broken Hill
    • Ballina
    • Brooklyn

Friday 13 August 2021

11 am Press Conference

Key Points from Premier Gladys Berejiklian

  • The main challenges remain in Western and South Western Sydney.
  • Infection rates are stabilising in the Fairfield and Canterbury-Bankstown LGAs.
  • Canterbury-Bankstown still has the highest number of cases.
  • Residents of Blacktown, Mount Druitt, and any of the surrounding suburbs should remain on high alert and come forward for testing immediately.
  • By the end of today, 15,000 HSC students will have received their vaccinations.
  • On Sunday 15 2021, there will be a ‘bumper day’ of vaccinations for construction workers, tradespeople or apprentices.
  • 10,000 bookings for the ‘bumper day’ have already been made and more are available.
  • Workers aged 16-39 can make a booking for the Pfizer vaccine at the South Western Sydney Vaccination Centre.
  • Workers aged 40+ years can make a booking for the AstraZeneca vaccine at Sydney Olympic Park or visit the Walk-in Prariewood Vaccination Clinic (194-222 Restwell Road).
  • From Monday next week (16 August), 100,000 authorised workers aged between 16-39 in the LGAs of concern in Greater Sydney will be receiving invitations to vaccinate via their employers.
  • Current projections suggest that NSW will get to 70% double doses by the end of October and 80% by mid-November.
  • These are the rates at which the Doherty Report suggests that we can reopen safely.
  • Positive sewerage detection in Bathurst, Parkes and Bourke. Please come forward for testing if you live in these areas, even if you have the mildest of symptoms.
  • An extra 8,000 vaccines will be provided by the Federal Government to the Walgett community.
  • The Federal Government will get more vaccines out to regional areas in NSW experiencing higher cases.
  • Family members of people with disabilities continue to have the opportunity to get those individuals vaccinated at Sydney Olympic Park (as well as at various other clinics and hubs).

Thursday 12 August 2021

11 am Press Conference

Key Points from Premier Gladys Berejiklian

Thursday 12 August 2021 NSW Press Conference

  • Based on Health Advice, three additional LGAs shall be added to the areas of concern including Bayside, Strathfield, and Burwood from 5 pm.
  • Suburbs of particular concern within Bayside include Bexley, Banksia, and Rockdale.
  • NSW Health is particularly concerned about the suburbs of Merrylands, Auburn, and Granville.
  • Residents of the Inner West and Camden should also remain on high alert.
  • If you live in any of the above-mentioned areas please come forward for testing immediately.
  • Pleasingly, Armidale, Tamworth, and Northern Rivers continue to have 0 new cases.
  • Unfortunately, the lockdown for Hunter and the Upper Hunter shall be extended for an additional week (until at least Thursday 19 August).
  • Yesterday (11 August), a record day of vaccinations was recorded with over 106,000 people receiving their jabs.
  • The Health Minister has written to his Federal counterpart Greg Hunt MP requesting ADF in increasing vaccination hubs in NSW administering the AstraZeneca.
  • It is presumed that NSW Police Commissioner will be making requests to the NSW Government for additional support.

Wednesday 11 August 2021

11 am Press Conference

Key Points from Premier Gladys Berejiklian

  • Great that people are getting tested in such high numbers.
  • Decline in rates of infection in Fairfield and Canterbury-Bankstown LGAs, although C-B still has the highest amount of new infections.
  • Suburbs adjoining the LGAs of concern:
    • Bayside
    • Burwood
    • Inner West
  • No extra cases in Armidale, Tamworth, or Northern Rivers
  • Hunter and New England Regions have seen new cases
  • The Hunter is unlikely to leave lockdown this week.
  • Dubbo to go into 1-week lockdown from 1 pm today.
  • NSW has passed 4.5 million doses administered.
  • Target is 6 million by end of August.
  • Expectation is 70% of NSW vaccinated by end of October.
  • Expectation is 80% of NSW vaccinated by mid-November.
  • According to the Doherty Report, is when life can start to get back to normal, and freedoms from before the outbreak can return.
  • It is just a handful of people who are doing the wrong thing, that is causing setbacks for all of us.
  • No one in ICU has received both doses of a vaccine.
  • 92% of people in ICU have not had any vaccinations.

Monday 9 August 2021

11 am Press Conference

Key Points from Premier Gladys Berejiklian

  • Following confirmed exposure sites in the Tamworth LGA, it will be in lockdown for 1 week starting from 5pm this afternoon. Suburbs in the Tamworth LGA are listed below.
  • Anyone in the Byron Bay/Northern Rivers area should come forward for testing.
  • HSC in the LGAs of concern will be able to receive their Pfizer vaccinations at Qudos Bank Arena from today.
  • If any HSC students in the areas of concern are experiencing technical difficulties in booking their vaccinations online, contact the telephone hotline at 1800 922 886.
  • There are now over 100 NSW Health vaccination sites in regional communities.
  • If you live in a regional community and are concerned about your access to vaccinations, contact your GP, check the Pharmacy Guild website at, or check the NSW Government website.

AREAS IN THE TAMWORTH LGA UNDER RESTRICTIONS FROM 5 PM TODAY (9 AUGUST 2021)

Appleby, Attunga, Banoon, Barraba (part), Barry, Bective, Bendemeer, Bithramere, Borah Creek, Bowling Alley Point, Bundarra (part), Calala, Crawney (part), Daruka, Duncans Creek, Dungowan, Duri, East Tamworth, Garoo, Garthowen, Gidley, Goonoo Goonoo, Gowrie, Gulf Creek (part), Halls Creek, Hallsville, Hanging Rock, Hillvue, Ironbark, Kentucky (part), Kingswood, Klori, Kootingal, Limbri, Lindesay, Longarm, Loomberah, Manilla, Mayvale, Moonbi, Moore Creek, Mulla Creek, Namoi River, Nemingha, New Mexico, Niangala (part), North Tamworth, Nundle, Ogunbil, Oxley Vale, Piallamore, Red Hill, Retreat, Rushes Creek, Somerton, South Tamworth, Taminda, Tamworth, Thirloene, Timbumburi, Tintinhull, Upper Horton (part), Upper Manilla, Wallamore, Warrabah, Warral, Watsons Creek, Weabonga, West Tamworth, Westdale, Wimborne, Winton, Wongo Creek, Woodsreef, Woolbrook (part), and Woolomin.

Sunday 8 August 2021

11 am Press Conference

Key Points from Premier Gladys Berejiklian

  • If we see a substantial increase in the people within the Georges River come forward for testing, that LGA may be taken out of the list of areas of concern.
  • 12 suburbs in Penrith LGA have been declared areas of concern and will be under new restrictions from 5 pm today.
  • Positive sewerage tests in Dubbo and Mudgee. Please come forward for testing if you live in these areas.
  • NSW has had 4.4 million doses administered.
  • Bookings are available for a ‘Super Sunday’ of vaccinations at Sydney Olympic Park today.
  • If you are a construction worker and you live in an area of concern, you will be allowed back to work from Wednesday if you meet certain vaccination conditions.
  • Speak to your GP, your pharmacist, or contact NSW Health if you have concerns about the vaccine.
  • September may see more freedoms if we keep vaccination rates up and case numbers down.
  • The NSW Government commends the newly released Doherty Report, which confirms that reaching the vaccination targets of 70-80% will allow us to significantly ease restrictions safely.
  • Police continue to focus their efforts in the Canterbury-Bankstown LGA.
  • NSW Police are tasking resources to areas with the highest case numbers.
SUBURBS IN THE CITY OF PENRITH UNDER RESTRICTIONS FROM 5 PM TODAY (8 AUGUST 2021)

Caddens, Claremont Meadows, Colyton, Erskine Park, Kemps Creek, Kingswood, Mt Vernon, North St Marys, Orchard Hills, Oxley Park, St Clair, and St Marys.

Key Points from Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys

  • 454 penalty infringement notices were issued right across NSW in the last 24 hours.
  • 171 of those were issued in South West and North West Sydney.
  • Police continue to focus on the Canterbury-Bankstown LGA.
  • NSW Police are tasking resources to areas with the highest case numbers.
  • There is now an operation across all Sydney beaches to ensure that people are complying with the Public Health Orders.
  • Crime Stoppers continues to receive over 1,000 calls every single day with reports of Public Health Order breaches.

Saturday 7 August 2021

11 am Press Conference

Key Points from Health Minister Brad Hazzard

  • The Armidale Region Local Government Area (LGA) will be in lockdown from 5 pm today, 7 August 2021 until at least 14 August 2021.
  • The vaccination rate of NSW residents over 16 years of age has reached almost 50% for the first dose.
  • The rate for the second dose is at almost 22%.
  • Vaccination rates are increasing each week.
  • More people must come forward for vaccination as it is our ‘freedom path.’
  • There will be a ’Super Sunday’ day of vaccinations for the food providers in the Greater Sydney region tomorrow (8 August 2021) at Sydney Olympic Park.
  • Food providers can book a vaccination on the NSW Government website.
  • An email was sent yesterday to parents and families of HSC students within the 8 South Western Sydney LGAs. Make a vaccination booking through the link in that email.
  • We are continuing to see non-compliance with the Public Health Orders in South Western and Western Sydney.
  • Businesses must ensure that they are complying with their COVID Safety Plans or we will continue to see case numbers increase.
  • NSW Health has been asked to look at expanding the testing capacity for the Hunter Region.
  • There will be an emergency operation centre established in the newly locked down Armidale LGA that will involve local government and local agencies to support the communities affected by the new restrictions.
  • NSW Police Commissioner Fuller announced that there will be a doubling of police efforts in the Canterbury-Bankstown LGA due to continuing non-compliance.

Friday 6 August 2021

11 am Press Conference

Key Points from Premier Gladys Berejiklian

  • 84,000 doses were administered on Wednesday.
  • The more people who get vaccinated, the sooner we live more freely.
  • The light we will see on 29 August will be dependent on how many vaccinations, and how many current cases.
  • Canterbury-Bankstown LGA is the area in which cases are increasing the most.
  • More police will be patrolling Canterbury-Bankstown LGA to ensure people are complying with the Health Orders.
  • HSC students:
    • Students in the 8 SW/Western Sydney LGAs will have no face-to-face time with teachers for the foreseeable future.
    • For areas outside that, Health and education departments have developed a more flexible model for kids who need to go to a classroom for whatever reason.
    • From Monday 9 August 2021, Qudos Bank Arena will be dispensing Pfizer jabs for Year 12 students in those LGAs.
    • Every student will receive an email on how to book online.
    • A call centre has been established for parents if they have questions, and for advice on how to safely get to and from the Qudos Health Hub.
    • The phone number is 1800 922 886.
  • Everyone is urged to come forward and get tested.
  • We are doing better than before!
  • Aiming for 6 million doses administered by 29 August 2021.
  • 88% of people in ICU have had no vaccines.
  • There are no people in ICU who have had both doses of the vaccine.

Thursday 5 August 2021

11 am Press Conference

Key Points from Premier Gladys Berejiklian

  • No one has died who has had both doses of a vaccine.
  • 1 week lockdown in Hunter & Upper Hunter LGA’s from 5 pm tonight to midnight Thursday – suburbs within these LGA’s posted below.
    • Cessnock
    • Dungog
    • Lake Macquarie
    • Maitland
    • Muswellbrook
    • Newcastle
    • Port Stephens
    • Singleton
  • Lockdown arrangments are the same as Greater Sydney and the Central Coast.
    • No school.
    • Stay at home conditions apply.
  • PM Scott Morrison has confirmed NSW will receive an additional 180,000 Pfizer vaccine doses.
  • These will be directed to the regions in which doses were taken to protect the Year 12 students.
  • The balance will be directed to the 8 LGAs of concern in Greater Sydney.
  • It is important everyone comes forward to get both doses of a vaccine.
  • IT DOES NOT MATTER WHICH VACCINE IS OFFERED!
  • If you have ANY concerns, go through your GP.
  • The statistics and facts show that getting the vaccine reduces the chances of it being contagious.
  • Getting a vaccine reduces the chances of being in hospital or passing the virus to loved ones.
  • A successful vaccination program will allow us to have a freer life after 29 August 2021.
  • NSW has a target of 6 million vaccinations by end of August.

Tuesday 3 August 2021

11 am Press Conference

Key Points from Premier Gladys Berejiklian

  • Goal is 6 million jabs in NSW by August 29.
  • This will allow us to begin looking at the easing of some restrictions.
  • We are currently at 3.9 million jabs and expect to exceed 4 million by the week’s end.
  • NSW will not completely reopen at a 50% vaccination rate. However, every milestone achieved gives the Government more options.
  • Even one dose of a vaccine can reduce the risk of hospitalisation and death from the virus.
  • The NSW Government is considering incentives to encourage vaccination uptake.
  • The incentives proven to be most effective overseas include allowing people to move more freely, sending their kids back to school, and getting back to work.
  • Vaccination efforts will be concentrated in the eight LGAs of concern.
  • The NSW Government is encouraging business and community leaders to assist in getting our vaccination rates up.
  • Streamlining booking services and increasing vaccination access points remains a priority.
  • The NSW Government will ensure that no year 12 student misses out on being awarded their HSC.

Key Points from NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys

  • Over 1,000 additional shifts were given to NSW Police officers this week across Greater Sydney, in addition to assistance from the ADF.
  • Police will take action if people do not comply with the Public Health Orders.
  • The ADF has been assisting with Meals on Wheels and other non-government organisations to deliver care packages to people in lockdown.
  • The ADF was assisting NSW Police and the NSW Government long before the beginning of the Delta outbreak.
  • They assisted with hotel quarantine, state borders, contact tracing, and are now assisting with compliance checks.
  • NSW Police and the ADF are able to refer people to support services through their networks with local governments, Multicultural NSW and NGOs.

Monday 2 August 2021

11 am Press Conference

Key Points from Premier Gladys Berejiklian

  • August is the month in which everyone should come forward and get vaccinated.
  • Businesses MUST have a COVID-19 Safety Plan to protect their staff and business, as well as their customers.
  • No one who has received both doses of the vaccine is in intensive care.
  • Even 1 dose of a vaccine can reduce the risk of hospitalisation and death from the virus.
  • You can receive vaccinations from GP’spharmacies, and NSW Health Hubs.
  • Anyone over 18 can receive a vaccine.
  • New Health Hubs are being established every day in places where people feel most comfortable, including community halls and places of worship.
  • Qudos Bank Arena will open next Monday for year 12 students in the eight LGAs of concern.
  • The following week, Qudos Bank Arena will be converted into a Health Hub.
  • The majority of transmissions are still within homes and workplaces.
  • 80% of NSW residents over 16 being fully vaccinated will prevent future lockdowns. This equates to approximately 10 million doses.

(41.57% of NSW residents have received one vaccine dose and 19.28% are fully vaccinated. Source)

Sunday 1 August 2021

11 am Press Conference

Key Points from Premier Gladys Berejiklian

  • Come forward to get vaccinated – it is our ticket to freedom.
  • If you have concerns, go to your GP/qualified medical specialist and ask questions.
  • AstraZeneca vaccine is safe.
  • Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Health Minister Brad Hazzard, and CHO Dr Kerry Chant have both had the AstraZeneca vaccine.
  • Everyone over 18 is eligible to be vaccinated.
  • NSW is vaccinating about 500,000 people per week.
  • 82,000 people were vaccinated in the last 24 hours.
  • Even 1 dose of a vaccine can reduce the risk of hospitalisation and death from the virus.
  • 90% of those in ICU are unvaccinated.
  • NONE of those in ICU were fully vaccinated.
  • Please follow the rules that are in place.
  • The majority of transmissions are still within homes and workplaces.
  • If you’re in one the LGAs of concern (listed below), please do not go outside if you don’t need to.
  • Saturday 31 July 2021 – 11 am Press Conference.

Key points from Health Minister Brad Hazzard

  •  The virus continues to spread mainly through South-Western and Western Sydney.
  • If you are in an LGA of concern (listed below), NSW Health is asking you to stay at home unless travel is essential.
  • DO NOT VISIT ANOTHER HOUSEHOLD.
  • Transmissions have been greatest in households and workplaces in SW & W Sydney.
  • Businesses MUST HAVE a COVID-19 Safety Plan to protect your staff and your business, as well as your customers.
Protests
  • DO NOT COME INTO THE CITY TO ATTEND THE PROTEST!
  • More than 1000 police have been ready and waiting since this morning.
  • Investigations are continuing from last week’s protest.
  • 85 arrests have been made.
  • 300 infringement notices have been issued

Friday 30 July 2021

11 am Press Conference

Key Points from Premier Gladys Berejiklian

  • NSW is at one-third of the vaccination target.
  • ANYONE OVER 18 can get the AstraZeneca vaccine.
  • The week of 9-13 August, Qudos Bank Arena will become a vaccination for the almost 20,000 Year 12 students.
  • Even 1 dose of a vaccine can reduce the risk of hospitalisation and death from the virus.
  • There is not a high enough level of coverage in the elderly population.
  • It is strongly encouraged that this population speak to their GP and/or qualified medical specialists for advice, and then get vaccinated upon that advice.
Police & ADF
  • -There has been a high level of compliance in the affected 8 LGAs (Blacktown, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool and Parramatta.  Suburbs included in these LGAs are listed at the bottom of this page).
  • NSW Police has accepted the offer of assistance from the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
  • The ADF will assist with compliance checks in LGAs of concern.
  • Covid-positive people, and people who are/have been close contacts, will be visited by the Police Force and/or ADF to ensure that they are at home.
  • Non-compliant people will have action taken against them.
Protests
  • DO NOT COME INTO SYDNEY TO ATTEND TOMORROW’S PROTEST!
  • At least 1000 police will be in waiting at tomorrow’s protest.
  • Last week’s protest resulted in 60 arrests, and 200 infringements.
  • Almost 20,000 people have contacted Crime Stoppers and uploaded photos and given names of last week’s protestors.

Click here for the current NSW Covid-19 Public Health Orders and restrictions, or click here for current NSW Covid-19 related legislation.

NSW Rules

This page should not be used as a replacement for checking the most up to date information about the current NSW rules available on the NSW Government website, available by clicking here.

Stay at home rules: Greater Sydney, The Hunter & Upper Hunter

Includes the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour.

If you live in, usually work in, or usually attend a university or other tertiary education facility in Greater Sydney, Hunter or Upper Hunter, including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour local government areas, stay at home rules apply.  The stay at home rules also apply to anyone who visited Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour local government areas on or after Monday 21 June 2021.

You must not enter these areas unless you have a reasonable excuse.

If you do visit these areas while the stay at home rules are in place, you must:
Follow the stay at home rules when you return home for 14 days after you were in the area
Stay home unless you have a reasonable excuse.
Click here to learn what is considered a reasonable excuse.

You must stay home. Only leave your home if you have a reasonable excuse.
If you must leave home, stay within your local area. Do not travel outside your local area if you can avoid it.
Limit your physical contact with people you do not live with. See the restrictions for visitors to a residence by clicking here.
You must carry a face mask with you at all times when you leave your home in Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour.  Click here for the rules and exceptions.

This morning, Thursday 29 July 2021, Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced additional lockdown measures to curtail the spread of the virus through our communities.

The NSW Minister for Police and Emergency Services issued this statement, explaining part of the reasoning for the additional restrictions.
“The time for warnings is over. I know 99 per cent of the population are furious with the minority who continue to disregard the health orders and put the safety and livelihoods of families at risk,” Mr Elliott said.
“Crime Stoppers received more than 15,000 calls and reports providing information following last weekend’s illegal protest. Police made it clear from the start, they want to educate – not fine – members of the community but the 15,000 calls to Crime Stoppers is a clear message to the Government that the community expects action.”

From 12.01am on Friday, 30 July 2021

Residents of the eight Local Government Areas of concern (Blacktown, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool and Parramatta) will be subject to new exercise, mask and shopping rules. These rules will only be applied to any LGA that is determined to be of concern now and into the future.

• Exercise, outdoor recreation and singles bubble visits must be done within 5kms of the person’s home;

• Individuals cannot travel more than 5kms from home for shopping, unless the goods or services are not readily available in that area;

• Masks must be worn at all times outside the home regardless of proximity to others;

• In line with exercise rules, Greater Sydney residents including the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour must limit their shopping to within their Local Government Area (LGA) or, if outside their LGA, within 10km from home, unless the item is not available locally;

• Given localised case numbers, the Parramatta, Campbelltown and Georges River LGAs will join the five existing LGAs of concern which are subject to an Authorised Workers Order. Only authorised workers in these eight LGAs may leave their LGA for work.

• New powers have been granted to the NSW Police Commissioner to shut down businesses, construction sites and public premises where there is a risk to public health

From 12.01am, Saturday, 31 July

• Construction in non-occupied settings outside of the LGAs of concern (with no residents on-site) will re-open as planned, subject to a one person per 4sqm rule. These low-risk construction sites must have COVID safe plans in place, compliance will be strictly enforced. Construction cannot resume in the eight LGAs of concern, nor will construction workers be allowed to leave these areas.

• Trades people, including cleaners who are able to work with zero contact with residents will also be allowed to resume (no more than two people inside and five outside). If contactless arrangements are not possible, work cannot go ahead. This work will not be allowed in the eight LGAs of concern, nor will workers be allowed to leave these areas.

• A singles bubble will also be introduced, allowing people who live alone to nominate one designated family member or friend to visit for companionship. Restrictions will apply for people in the LGAs of concern.

• All authorised workers from Canterbury-Bankstown LGA must get tested once every three days in order to leave their LGA for work.

• People who live in the Fairfield and Cumberland LGAs but work outside these areas as health or aged care workers (including support services for health or aged care, such as cleaners, cooks and security providers) must be tested once every three days in order to be allowed to go to work outside their LGA.

These surveillance testing requirements will be enforceable from Saturday, 31 July.