From Saturday 31 July, construction can resume, provided principal contractors comply with the COVID-19 Safety Plan for Construction Sites in Greater Sydney, developed by government and industry.
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.
All worksites must complete the checklist as an enforceable condition of resuming operations from 31 July. Worksites will be able to operate on Sundays and public holidays up until Christmas to make up for any time lost.
Works in occupied residential premises will also resume where there is no contact between workers and occupiers. There will be a limit of up to 2 workers for indoor services and 5 workers for outdoor services, and works will only be possible where it is feasible for residents to vacate the area of works.
Please note that construction sites will remain closed in the Blacktown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Campbelltown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Liverpool, Parramatta and Georges River local government areas.
Manufacturing businesses which are critical to the construction supply chain will be permitted to continue operations within those LGAs.
Residents from the identified LGAs cannot leave their local area to attend work, unless they are an authorised worker. Workers at those businesses critical to the construction supply chain will be listed as authorised workers, including workers engaged in manufacturing of construction materials, plant and components. General construction workers are not authorised workers.
Some authorised workers may need to meet COVID-19 testing requirements. Authorised workers can be required to provide proof of residential address.
To enable construction sites to resume safely on 31 July, preparatory works can begin from 29 July. These works include:
- checking or maintaining installations or 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 arrangements or procedures to help protect persons from COVID-19
- 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.
Under the current restrictions, the following urgent works can still be undertaken on construction sites prior to 31 July:
- to ensure the safety or security of the construction site
- to deal with environmental risks
- to maintain and ensure the integrity of critical plant, equipment or assets, including partially completed works, that would otherwise deteriorate
- to receive deliveries of supplies that would otherwise deteriorate
- to maintain public utilities
- to ensure the safe operation of existing transport infrastructure
- by or on behalf of NSW Health in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
- because of an emergency.
Only workers required to undertake these works are permitted on site.