The Northern Beaches will remain under lockdown for at least four more weeks according to NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian.

A number of changes were announced today including:

  • Four additional weeks of lockdown restrictions for all of Greater Sydney, including the Northern Beaches
  • Shopping must be done within the Northern Beaches LGA or no further than 10km from home for those near the border of the LGA
  • Construction activity will be permitted to resume from Saturday, 31 July, on work sites that have no contact between workers and occupants
  • Tradespeople will be permitted to work at residential premises if the work can be done in a contactless way
  • Work sites will be permitted to operate Sundays and public holidays until Christmas to make up for time lost
  • Home learning will continue with the exception of Year 12 students who will be permitted to return to school from Monday, 16 August
  • The JobSaver business support program is being expanded to cover larger businesses who have suffered a downturn of at least 30 percent of revenue
  • A singles bubble will be introduced from Saturday, 31 July, to allow people who live alone to nominate one designated family member or friend to visit for companionship

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said it was necessary to extend the lockdown for all of Greater Sydney based on the health advice.

Gladys Berejiklian

Gladys Berejiklian

“It would not have been realistic for the NSW Government to make a decision about the next two weeks given where we are at today.

“For that reason, Greater Sydney will be in lockdown for a further four weeks to 28 August. All those areas currently in lockdown will continue to be in lockdown,” said Premier Berejiklian.

NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant acknowledged the strain that the ongoing lockdown placed on the community.

Kerry Chant

Kerry Chant

“We need to work together at this critical time, to respond to what no one would have ever envisaged, a pandemic that’s been running for 18 months since March last year. I really understand that the community are fatigued. I think businesses are fatigued. We are on a course to get through this pandemic. Lockdowns need to take some time,” said Dr Chant.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro clarified that tradespeople would be allowed to work on occupied homes as long as there was no contact between the tradespeople and the home occupant.

John Barilaro

John Barilaro

“What we are saying is to vacate the area of works. Segregate the home. Put in place segregation that there is no mix between trades and the household. There can be no contact.

“If there are works like an extension or reno at the back of the house, where you may have five trades, we expect you to have amenities on site to deal with those trades. We want complete segregation of areas so there’s a no-go zone for the household people.

“If you’re getting an air conditioner replaced for a couple of hours and you’ve got an opportunity to go do your groceries, we’d encourage that. It’s about vacating the area of works,” said Deputy Premier Barilaro.

An additional three Local Government Areas (LGAs), Parramatta, Georges River and Campbelltown, were today added to the areas of concern where additional restrictions will be put in place and NSW Police will be stepping up compliance operations.

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