Coronavirus Australia: New restrictions announced in Greater Sydney as lockdown extends

Sydney’s home orders have been extended by a further four weeks to contain the spread of the highly contagious Delta strain with a series of new restrictions.

NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian announced a number of changes to restrictions in Greater Sydney on Wednesday as the lockdown is extended until August 28.

The state recorded another 177 cases of the virus overnight, with the prime minister announcing that 46 of those cases were contagious in the community.

The restrictions changes will take effect at midnight on Wednesday, July 28.

Sydney home orders have been extended for another four weeks to curb the spread of the highly contagious Delta strain with a range of new restrictions

Sydney home orders have been extended by a further four weeks to contain the spread of the highly contagious Delta strain with a series of new restrictions

Which LGAs are not allowed to leave their home?

Ms Berejiklian has said she will block three other local government areas – Parramatta, Campbelltown and Georges River – from 11:59 p.m. Wednesday evening in an effort to contain the spread of the virus.

This means that non-essential workers in those local government areas will join those in Fairfield, Cumberland, Canterbury-Bankstown and Blacktown because they cannot leave their local area to work.

Only essential workers who have a valid exemption are allowed to leave those LGAs to work.

Do I have to get tested for Covid-19 to go to work?

Essential workers leaving Canterbury-Bankstown, southwest of Sydney’s CBD, must be tested every three days.

In nearby Fairfield, this requirement is no longer enforced due to declining infections, with only elderly care and health professionals required to test this area every three days.

Elderly care and health professionals in Cumberland are required to get tested every three days.

What are the new restrictions for construction sites?

Construction sites will be allowed to reopen from July 31 with improved Covid-safe protocols after a two-week closure.

No locations will be opened in the eight local government care areas; Parramatta, Campbelltown, Georges River, Fairfield, Cumberland, Canterbury-Bankstown, Liverpool and Blacktown.

Construction sites with unoccupied environments must have Covid safe plans.

An unoccupied environment means construction sites where there are no residents.

Construction workers in the eight LGAs of care cannot leave their homes to work.

What are the new rules for traders?

Traders, including domestic cleaners, who have no contact with their customers can resume work in occupied locations.

However, in these smaller environments, there should be no more than two people in a home and five people outside.

If contactless arrangements are not possible, the work cannot continue.

This work is not allowed in the eight LGAs of care, nor are tradesmen or domestic cleaners allowed to leave these areas.

Where can I go shopping?

People in Greater Sydney can only shop within a 10-mile radius of their hometown if the item they are looking for is available locally.

What is the singles bubble?

The new rule allows people living alone to nominate a designated family member or friend to visit for companionship.

There will be restrictions for people in the LGAs of care.

What are the new restrictions for students?

Beginning August 16, 12th grade students will resume face-to-face learning and those entering the classroom will use rapid antigen testing to monitor the transmission of the coronavirus.

A Pfizer vaccination program will be launched for 12th year students in the eight LGAs of care with doses diverted from regional NSW

For students in other year groups, the government is finalizing plans for the resumption of classroom study under strict Covid protocols.

All other students in Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Wollongong, Central Coast and Shellharbour will continue their distance learning for the next month.

What extra support is there for companies?

Ms Berejiklian on Wednesday hinted at further financial support for residents and businesses of NSW.

More to come.


NSW Deputy Prime Minister John Barilaro said construction sites in Greater Sydney could reopen as long as they follow stricter Covid-19 safety measures

“Works in inhabited buildings, including residential houses, can also resume from this Saturday, where there is no contact between workers and residents,” he said.

“There will be a limit of a maximum of two workers for indoor services and five workers for outdoor services, and work will only be possible if it is feasible for residents to leave the area.”

However, construction will not resume in the eight affected LGAs: Fairfield, Blacktown, Cumberland, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Liverpool, Parramatta and Georges River Local Government Areas.