Thursday 26 August 2021

The NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, has announced that due to a number of growing cases across a number of regional areas, particularly Dubbo, all of regional NSW will remain in lockdown, until midnight Friday 10 September.

This means the whole of New South Wales will remain under stay at home restrictions.

The NSW Premier has announced today that from 151,272 tests in the 24 hours to 8.00pm last night, NSW recorded 1,029 new COVID-19 cases, with at least 61 of those infectious in the community.

Easing of restrictions for fully vaccinated people 
The NSW Premier has announced that from 12:01am Monday September 13, fully vaccinated people in NSW can: 

  • Have an outdoor gathering of up to five people (including children, all adults must be vaccinated) in a person’s LGA or within 5km from home.
  • For those who live in the 12 LGAs of concern, households with all adults vaccinated will be able to gather outdoors for recreation within the existing rules (for one hour only, outside curfew hours and within 5km of home). This is in addition to the one hour allowed for exercise.

Read the Premier’s statement here >

Local government areas of concern
Priority vaccination bookings for authorised workers living in the 12 LGAs of concern are now available to those 16 years or older.

The LGA’s of concern are Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Strathfield, and some suburbs of Penrith. The below links provide  information on updated eligibility and how to book your vaccination. 

Vaccination information for authorised workers in LGAs of concern >

List of authorised workers >

Rapid antigen testing 
AMIC have attended a meeting with NSW Health regarding concerns with the new compliance rules for NSW, announced on 20 August 2021. Specifically, compliance rules for authorised workers: 

  • Authorised workers who work outside their LGA of concern are only permitted to work if rapid antigen testing is implemented at their work-site or they have had their first vaccination dose by 30 August. 

NSW health have confirmed that the intent of the protections and compliance rules is to drive vaccinations in LGA’s of concern and they are listening to industry apprehension regarding unintended consequences of these rules for businesses.

AMIC raised the challenges associated with these rules including the unachievable and unreasonable implementation date of 30 August 2021, the lack of access to vaccines, rapid antigen test kits, and rapid antigen test providers.

NSW health have reaffirmed that this direction is only applicable to authorised workers travelling outside LGA’s of concern and if those people have not had at least one shot of the vaccine.

The direction does not apply to staff traveling into an LGA of concern from other parts of Greater Sydney, for employment purposes.

AMIC are continuing to advocate for relief from the rapid antigen testing requirement and are anticipating a formal update to the requirements which will be provided to members.

To keep up to date, as and when updates are published, visit NSW Government COVID-19 updates >

Stay safe and please contact AMIC if you have any questions, we are here to help.